Mountain Biking in Crested Butte

The best singletrack in the rockies.

The Crested Butte area has some of the best mountain biking in the country. This isn’t happenstance. Many believe that true mountain biking really began in Crested Butte. The more you ride here, the more you realize why mountain biking endures here.

Many of the rides are long and epic. Even the shorter rides access incredible mountain scenery. There is so much beauty in these hills, that one of the best ways to see as much as you can in one summer is on a bike. To the well conditioned, thirty to fifty miles in a day is possible. For the novice, half of that will be a challenge. Even so, you will cover more ground on a bike in one day than just about any form of outdoor transportation.

Most of the trails around here have been slowly transformed into bike trails by the sheer number of people who ride them and maintain them. Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA) is a very active local organization that is affiliated with the national organization IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association). CBMBA has been passionately involved in trail maintenance, trail protection, access, and land holder trust. Most of the small trail signs you’ll see along the way are compliments of CBMBA.

The high alpine areas of Crested Butte are fragile. Please ride carefully and don’t abuse the trails. Carry over wet areas. Stay on the main trail and don’t braid boggy areas. Show the rest of the world that mountain bikers do care.

CB Trails Detailed Descriptions, Maps, and Current Status

Updated Friday April 22, 2016

Gunnison

Hartman Rocks: Beginner, Intermediate, expert
Conditions: Open north of the powerline and riding well. Please respect all seasonal trail closures, as well as closures due to the Sage grouse mating season.
Good to Go

Brush Creek Area

Rides in the Brush Creek area, 2-3 miles South and East of the Town of Crested Butte.
Deer Creek:expert loop
Conditions: Nov 22, 2015: snow
Not Recommended
Farris Creek / 402: advanced medium length rides
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow
Not Recommended
Strand Hill: advanced intermediate
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Teocalli Ridge:expert
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Near Town

CBMR Mountain Trails: Easy Int to Expert
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow. Not recommended for biking, but the lifts will soon be running for the ski season!
Not Recommended
Lower Loop: Beginner and intermediate trails
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Lupine Trail: easier intermediate ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Snodgrass Trail: Intermediate
Conditions: The actual trail is off limits to everyone due to cattle grazing (this is private land.) Many thanks to the Allen family for the seasonal access to this great trail! Check back in the spring for information when Snodgrass will reopen.
Not Recommended
Upper Loop / Tony’s Trail / Whetstone Vista
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Kebler Pass Area

Rides near Kebler Pass, West of the Town of Crested Butte.
Kebler Pass Wagon Trail: easier intermediate ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
The Dyke Trail:advanced to expert level ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Taylor Canyon Area

This area lies 10-20 miles South and East of Crested Butte.
Doctor Park:expert ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Gothic Area

Rides in the area of Gothic, 5 miles North of Mt. Crested Butte. Trail 403
starts from the next drainage to the West.
Trail #403:expert ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Trail 401:Advanced intermediate ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Cement Creek Area

Rides in the Cement Creek drainage East of Crested Butte South, 6 1/2 miles south of Crested Butte.
Cement Creek Trail:easier intermediate ride
Conditions: April 22, 2016.... Lower Cement Creek Trail riding well. One patch of snow 100 yards past Walrod, but the rest riding well.
Good to Go
Reno / Flag/ Bear / Deadman’s Gulch: Expert
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Reno Ridge & Deadman’s Gulch: expert ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Trail 409 and the Point Lookout Trail:expert ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Trail 412, 405.2a, 405 & 409.5A or Point lookout
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Walrod Cutoff Trail 418: The Caves Loop: expert
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended
Waterfall Creek Cutoff Trail:expert ride
Conditions: Nov. 22, snow.
Not Recommended

Winter Riding

Lily Lake Good to Go

Trail descriptions and updates courtesy of Holly's Ride Guides, and The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Trail Reporting Software and maps ©2000-2016 Thin Air Web. All rights reserved.

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