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Beckwith Pass

Distance: 4.7 - 9.4 miles (round trip)

West Elk Wilderness, Gunnison National Forest, near Crested Butte in Central Colorado

The Ruby Range and Raggeds Range from Beckwith Pass

The Ruby Range and Raggeds Range from Beckwith Pass


This short hike features fine views of the Ruby Range, the Raggeds and East Beckwith Mountain. Extend the hike by walking to a high point with panoramic vistas of the West Elk Wilderness or continue to Beckwith Bench where the Anthracite Range joins the scene. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.7 miles (round trip) to Beckwith Pass
  • Elevation: 8,860-ft. at Trailhead
    9,954-ft. at Beckwith Pass
  • Elevation Gain: 1,094-ft. to Beckwith Pass
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Basecamp: Crested Butte
  • Region: Central Colorado

Why Hike Beckwith Pass

The trail to Beckwith Pass, a low saddle on the border of the West Elk Wilderness, ascends through forest and lovely meadows with fine views of Ruby Peak (12,644-ft.) and Mount Owen (13,058-ft.) to the north. At the pass panoramic views stretch north to Marcellina Mountain (11,348-ft.), the Ruby Range and the Raggeds. East Beckwith Mountain (12,432-ft.) dominates the view to the west while Storm Ridge and the Castles rise to the south.

Extend the hike by walking to a high point beyond the pass or to Beckwith Bench, a huge meadow on a high shelf to the south of East Beckwith Mountain. Both destinations feature fabulous vistas of the Anthracite Range and peaks in the West Elk Wilderness.

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Elevation Profile - Beckwith Pass

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