Mt. Crested Butte’s ‘Guides Ridge’ route is a CB classic!

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.


  • One-time life ticket ride on CBMR’s Silver Queen Lift up to Guides Ridge trailhead
  • All necessary climbing gear
  • A detailed packing list will be provided upon reservation

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $350 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

Things to Know


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Guest to Guide ratio


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Tour Details

Crested Butte Mountains and stream


Guides Ridge is located on Crested Butte Mountain in Crested Butte, Colorado, as part of the Rocky Mountains.

Mountain Summit


Stand at the summit of Mt. Crested Butte from Guides Ridge at 12,162′.

Family water bottles

Family Friendly

Guides Ridge route is suitable for children as young as 8 years old.

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Silver Queen

Ride on the Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Silver Queen lift from 8,909′ to 11,500′ above sea level to start.

Trail map

The Trail

The exact Guides Ridge trail is a short jagged 800 foot arete known as Guides Ridge

Climbing Carabiners


You can rappel 60m directly off the top of Mt. Crested Butte or take a leisurely stroll down the standard hiking route.

Climb Your Way up Mt. Crested Butte

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