Farris Creek Trail #409
Facts To Remember
Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 883 feet
Starting Elevation: 8,776 feet
When To Hike: Year Round
Pets Allowed: Yes on leashes
Starting Location: Parkin Lot off of Cement Creek Road (CO Road 740)
Time of Year: August, 2020
Getting to “Caves”
Getting to the Caves via Farris Creek Trail #409 from Crested Butte is easy. Take 135 South approximately 6.5 miles to Crested Butte South (or CB South). Turn left on Cement Creek Road / CO Rd 740) and follow it. This road will become a dirt/rock road but continue following for nearly 2 more miles. You will see the parking area on the right and the trailhead across the road on the left.
Lots of trails in this area but plenty of signs to help with directions. The Caves trail is short.
Starting the Steep Hike
After a short walk, we can already see the Caves area. Prepare for switchbacks!
Looking Back on the Trail
Looking back on what we just hikes. The switchbacks are clearly visible with Crested Butte in the background.
Arriving at the Cave
We’ve reached the cave area and can clearly see the tunnel.
Above the Tunnel
The views from the top are pretty spectacular.
Hiking Beyond the Cave Area
Continuing on and looking back at where we were just sitting. You can see others where we were.
Further Up for Arches
We found what we’d consider an arch.
Rolling hills/mountains and Crested Butte.
Heading Back to the Car
The time has come to head back to the car. Not sure how we missed the dog memorial on the way up.
There are many trails in this area. If you’re short on time or like short hikes and lots of enjoying nature then this would be a good hike to consider. It is steep with switchbacks but it didn’t take long to reach the top. The views are great and you won’t want to leave.
After your hike, head to Crested Butte for pizza and ice cream. It’s a really nice colorful town.