Judd Falls

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain308ft
Trailhead Elevation9,823ft
Elevation Min/Max9782/9892ft
Elevation Start/End9823/9823ft

Judd Falls

Judd Falls is a hiking and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 9,823 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 308 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Judd Falls viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Gothic Bypass Road and Copper Creek Trail.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Susan Joy Paul
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"Copper Creek Trail climbs the hillside above the deserted mining town of Gothic, north of Crested Butte. To the northeast, Copper Creek flows from the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness and plunges through a deep gorge in long, streaming tiers below the trail at Judd Falls. On your way to the trailhead, you’ll pass the abandoned town of Gothic, now the home of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. The trailhead sits just beyond Gothic, to the right of the road, with 12,625-foot Gothic Mountain to the left. If you have a 4WD vehicle with high clearance you can drive up FR 739 to the upper parking lot at the Copper Creek / Trailriders Trailhead. If you’re hiking it, keep in mind this area lies on open range, and you may have company at the trailhead, or cattle licking the salt from your car upon your return! Keep your distance and proceed with care." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
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"In this short walk through an aspen forest, the reward comes easily and early. The sight of Copper Creek crashing through a dark, twisted, rocky chasm delights hikers of all ages. Along the way, day hikers and backpackers en route to the Elk Mountains can’t resist stopping to examine the wildflowers that splash pinks, reds, blues, and yellows across the deep green terrain. From the trailhead at the parking lot’s east end, the Copper Lake Trail stays in a friendly, flower-studded forest accompanied by a quietly babbling brook. This constant moisture enables such towering beauties as cow parsnip, a leafy, stout plant topped by an umbrella of tiny white flowers, to thrive. Elk eat the succulent stems of this member of the parsley family and, although Native Americans used the plant’s young shoots as food, don’t let the kids sample it." Read more

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A beautiful hike to water fall. We had very light rain which lasted a short time.

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Trail Information

Gunnison National Forest
Nearby City
Gunnison National Forest
Wildflowers, Waterfalls
For current conditions and more information, contact the Gunnison Ranger District, www.fs.fed.us/r2/gmug or (970) 641-0471
Local Contacts
Gunnison National Forest; USGS Gothic
Local Maps

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Dec 2018