Mt. Crested Butte’s ‘Guides Ridge’ route is the local's favorite alpine climb. This European-style alpine adventure is guaranteed to be the highlight of your Crested Butte vacation!
Though intimidating to look at, this climb is a great introduction to technical alpine climbing or rock climbing depending on how the route is approached. Due to the varying levels of difficulty, the Guides Ridge is perfect as a family outing for adventurous kids, or can be equally challenging for the seasoned alpine climber or rock jock.
We’ll begin the day with a quick and beautiful ride on the Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Silver Queen lift to 11,500 feet. Riding the lift up helps to minimize the amount of hiking needed to get to the base of the route. A short traverse from the lift across the alpine boulder fields will take us to the base of the long and jagged 800 foot arete known as the Guides Ridge. After a roped ascent of a few hours we arrive on the 12,162 foot summit of Mt Crested Butte. From the summit we can enjoy an 60m rappel directly off the top, or a leisurely stroll down the standard hiking route. Once back at the top of the Silver Queen lift, it is a quick and scenic chairlift ride right back to the base area.