Brush Creek originates in the southeastern Elk Mountains and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Several small mountain streams converge to form Brush Creek just west of Teocalli Ridge. East and West Brush Creeks feed Middle Brush Creek. Brush Creek enters the East River from behind Crested Butte Mountain, immediately east of the town of Mt. Crested Butte.
The Brush Creeks average four to seven feet in width. Brook and Cutthroat trout inhabit all these streams. The fishing is rated as good. Beautiful scenery surrounds the area.
Four wheel drive roads follow each creek drainage. New expansion of Maroon Bells - Snowmass Wilderness possibly will close West Brush Creek Road. Wilderness follows Middle Brush Creek Road to Pearl Pass.
Directions from Crested Butte: Drive five miles south of Crested Butte on Highway 135 to Forest Road 738, which is Brush Creek Road. Go east on 738 and travel approximately five miles to a fork in the road. Follow the right fork, which continues as road 738. This four-wheel drive road follows Brush Creek as it leaves the East River.
Late May through Mid-October .