Gothic Mountain near Crested Butte.

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Gothic Mountain near Crested Butte.

Postby JQDivide » Mon Jul 11, 2011 6:33 pm

Anyone have any experience/info with Gothic Mountain near Crested Butte?

Only thing I can find is to go up the Washington Gulch trail, cross the creek and take a left, if you can find the trail.

Is that all I need to know?


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Re: Gothic Mountain near Crested Butte.

Postby hamerhokie » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:47 am

There's a page on Summitpost that describes an approach using the trail to Snodgrass Mt summit.

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Re: Gothic Mountain near Crested Butte.

Postby JQDivide » Mon Jul 25, 2011 10:25 am

In case anyone is interested....

Beautiful hike. Great views of the surrounding mountains.
A lot of up, especailly the first 2/3 mile, and the ridge.
Lots of wildflowers out right now!

The Trail...
Follow the Washington Gluch Trail up from Gothic Road.
You'll see the bowl on the north side of the mountain. The trail will eventually take up the ridge on the right side. (Notice the false summitts)
Once the Washington Gulch trail crosses the creek, about 1.5 miles... go another 1/2 mile? 15 to 25 minutes depending on your speed.
You'll know you are getting close because the trail takes a hard right. (1)
Maybe close to 11,000 feet, just under. You'll come to open area, maybe 1/2 to 2/3 acre. You'll be able to see the NW ridge of the mountain from there, very obvious. The main WG trail will go right, and there will be a faint trail going left toward the ridge.
Follow that trail through the open area, into another open area. There were a few carrions on the other side.

The trail becomes obvious again. It will go up a small hill than down, just a bit. The hill feature is again obvious on a topo map. Follow the trail up the ridge. (2) It takes you to the top of the right side of the bowl to about 12,500. Then goes down about 200 feet along an other bowl lip then up to the Gothic summit. Lots of lose rock along the trail near the top of both points.

1. Old Trail...When the main trail takes that hard right, there is a trail that goes off to the left. I think that is the old trail to the ridge/Summitt. But 20 yards in or so, there were numerous downed trees. We lost the trail. And because we weren't sure if that was the right way, we didn't spend too much time searching. But later on we think we found were the other end of that trail met the trail we eventually followed.
2. There was one section between the hill and the ridge where the main trail went right (maybe close to 11,200??). It takes you to the west side of the mountain. But that's not correct. Seems a lot of people mistakenly took this because we found several trails going back to find the main trail. You'll know if you took the wrong way because there are fewer trees and the trail goes more flat than up and you can't see the ridge. Coming down we found were we took the wrong turn. There was a pile snow there, maybe that covered the left turn?

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