Lake Irwin

Wildflowers and waterfalls!

Blue columbine in the Lake Irwin area near Crested Butte, Colorado.

How to get there:

The road heads north from the Kebler Pass Rd 6.8 miles west of SH135 and ends in Robinson Basin north of Lake Irwin.

  • From Denver to Crested Butte
  • 217 miles 4 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • Kebler Pass Rd/CR 826
  • 38.8576 -107.0951

In General:High Clearance Required4wd vehicle with low range requiredHiking

  • Length: 2.7 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 15 mins

Moderately rough 4wd road. 2wd vehicles can access Lake Irwin and possibly beyond.

Photo Ops:VistaswildflowersWaterfallsFall Colors

Lake Irwin waterfalls

Follow the road over the lake’s spillway and park on either other side of the road. The trail begins from the small lot on the south side. Follow the trail down along the river and within a few minutes, you’ll see the first waterfall and just a short way beyond the second.

Robinson Basin

Drive up into the basin as far as you’re comfortable, park and hike into Robinson Basin. Cascades with a gorgeous backdrop and abundant summer wildflowers, especially blue columbine.

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