West Brush Creek Trailhead


Range: Elk Mountains
Coordinates: 38.944461, -106.887611

Road Difficulty

Moderate 4WD, long wheel base vehicles not recommended. Good clearance required. 4   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
The road is initially paved, then two way, graded gravel, and eventually turns into single-lane dirt with large, sharp rocks, tight corners, and one section where you actually drive upstream on West Brush Creek. Early season run-off could make access difficult or impossible, and snow/rain on the road could make it exceptionally muddy and impassable. No bathrooms or other facilities, but there are several dispersed campgrounds and individual, marked campsites prior to the trailhead itself.

Driving Directions

From Gunnison drive north on Colorado State Highway 135, or from Crested Butte drive south on SH 135 and turn east onto Gunnison County Road 738. This turn is about two miles south of Crested Butte. Begin counting the miles here. After one mile the road becomes easy, graded gravel. At 2.3 miles you will pass Brush Creek trailhead, this is NOT the same trailhead described here. At 5.3 miles stay left at a signed junction for West Brush Creek and Pearl Pass Road. There's a dispersed campground here, and passenger cars will want to park here as the road gets steeper, narrower, and rougher. At 7.3 miles you will cross West Brush Creek. Stay straight across the first creek channel before turning left. When we drove the road in early June we drove upstream on this channel of the creek for several hundred yards through tire deep water; it's literally part of West Brush Creek. At 9 miles the road ends in a small, dirt parking area. This is the trailhead. There is room for perhaps six vehicles.

Winter Access

Closed many miles below the trailhead.
Status Updates 
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Clear all the way to the trailhead/end of the road. Drove in a stock 4Runner and scraped a few rocks, plus literally drove upstream on West Brush Creek, so you’ll need good clearance and careful driving to make it to the trailhead.

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