Crested Butte is surrounded by almost two million acres of pristine wilderness in southwest Colorado. There are wonderful trails to take that allow you to explore so many areas. However, you are also able to strike out on your own to discover areas in which there are no trails. With some good map skills and/or a GPS one can just pick an area on a map and go. This is what I was doing the day I headed up into Virginia Basin on Mount Avery north of Crested Butte. The hike rewarded me with a discovery of an old abandoned mine and great views of Gothic Mountain.
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