Farris Creek Trail to Caves

Farris Creek Trail #409

Facts To Remember


Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 1.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 883 feet
Starting Elevation: 8,776 feet
When To Hike: Year Round
Permits: None
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.

The Trailhead

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.

Beautiful Scenery

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.

360 Photos

Our Thoughts

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.

Are you Considering This Hike?

Check the weather, if rain or bad weather is expected, this would be better done another day.
A short hike but has steep areas and dropoffs if you get close to the edges.

Hike Recommendations

Water: Always bring plenty of water as summer temperatures can be very high
Food/Snacks: Always bring some food
Hiking Sticks/Poles: Poles will reduce the impact on knees and leg muscles

More Useful Information

Crested Butte Hiking Guide

Farris Creek Trail #409 Hiking Trail

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One Comment

  1. Susan D Harper

    You truly need to publish a book, blog, whatever! This is GREAT! Thank you for sharing the photos. It’s nice to see Emily smiling and having fun with her Uncle Jim and Aunt Aimee, soon to be Grandma! Love you! Susan