September is here, our favorite month in Crested Butte! The leaves are changing and the weather is getting brisk. There is nothing better then spending the day paddling around the lake, enjoying the colors of fall. Here are our favorite places to paddle and things to do around Crested Butte in the fall:
1. Lost Lake
Lost Lake is a paddlers dream in the fall. Take a drive up Kebler Pass and experience the changing of the Aspen trees while watching for wildlife, and once you get to the lake, get lost in the views of the West Elks and Ragged Wilderness. Between the bright yellow leaves, the serenity of floating on the clear waters on the lake, or breathing in the crisp September air, Lost Lake in the fall is a must.
2. A Beer on the Deck (after paddling Irwin)
After a morning of paddling Lake Irwin, one of the most accessible places to paddle in Crested Butte, enjoy the afternoon sun on one of the many decks in Crested Butte. In the summer, the decks at The Brick and The Last Steep can be a hard place to get a seat. But in September, a cold beer after a nice paddle is just what the doctor ordered. Soak up the last of summer in the sun.
3. Taylor Reservoir
Another favorite place to paddle, and the lake is only part of the reason! The drive from Crested Butte to Taylor Reservoir is gorgeous. You will turn at Jack's Cabin Cutoff from Crested Butte, and head towards Harmel's Ranch Resort, where you can stop for lunch. The road snakes along the Taylor River, a fly fisherman's and kayaker's paradise. Once you get to Taylor Reservoir, you will have views of the Collegiate Peaks and have access to some of the best fishing in Colorado.
4. No Crowds at the Lake
You know how in the summer, you pull up to Lake Irwin, and it's a zoo? Go in September, and enjoy a very different experience. Who knows, you may even be able to get a coveted camping spot there and enjoy a sunset paddle on the Lake, all by yourself.
5. The Leaves, Of Course!
Crested Butte is known for the changing Aspen leaves in September. Kebler Pass is home to the largest Aspen grove in North America, and when it's lit up and glowing yellow, it is like nothing else. Drive over to Paonia for a wine tasting, and take a board to paddle and camp at Paonia Reservoir. Or, just head up to Lost Lake, and enjoy the changing of the leaves and one of the last chances to paddle in the valley before the winter.