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.

Crested Butte Detailed Descriptions, Maps, and Current Status

Updated Thursday April 16, 2015

Gothic Area

Rides in the area of Gothic, 5 miles North of Mt. Crested Butte. Some rides like 403 start from the next drainage to the West.
Rock Creek Trail #403
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
Trail Rider Trail #401
Conditions: Closed for the season
Not Recommended

Near Town

Rides that are easily accessible from the Towns of Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte. These are generally shorter and technically less difficult than more outlying rides.
CBMR Mountain Trails
Conditions: For the absolute up to date info go to this sight below. All trails are officially closed.
Not Recommended
Lower Loop
Conditions: Most of the Lower Loop has dried out and the moisture coming from above in the Climax chutes is starting to slow down considerably. The Upper Lower is muddy in the normal high spot closest to Gunsight Road. The Boyscout & Minors Trails are damp still with a little muck but can be a nice extension to the Lower Loop.
Not Recommended
Lupine Trail
Conditions: Lupine Trail in its entirety is closed.
Not Recommended
Snodgrass Trail - #590
Conditions: The trail is on Ralph Allen & Sons property and they need everyone's cooperation.
Thank you for respecting the Allen's needs!
Not Recommended
Upper Loop / Tony’s Trail / Whetstone Vista
Conditions: Closed for the season. Be back in 2015.
Not Recommended

Brush Creek Area

Rides in the Brush Creek area, 2-3 miles South and East of the Town of Crested Butte.
Deer Creek # 568
Conditions: Wed June 19th, 2014 Deer Creek Trail #568 is OPEN!! You want to see knock out wild flowers??
Deer Creek is an eye popper!!!
Not Recommended
Farris Creek Tr #736/ 402
Conditions: June 12th, tw14 - Farris Creek is riding good. Tr #402 is definitely NOT RECOMMENDED!! The snow has melted out but the water table is still really high and down in the middle of the northern side the trail has a lot of water and mud.
Even if you went down all the way, you would have a very difficult time getting thru the high rushing water of Middle Brush Creek. Not kidding here, its dangerous.
Not Recommended
Strand Hill Tr #556
Conditions: June 12th, tw14 - Strand Hill Tr #556 is in great shape and well worth the time to go see the Lupine and Larkspur wild flowers going crazzzzzy!
Not Recommended
Teocalli Ridge Tr #557
Conditions: Practice smiling in the shower, it will help your cheek muscles when your going down the new switchbacks. Yeeha!!
The contract for the repair work is completed and the trail is again Open for 2014. There are 14 new switchbacks to swing thru and many other minor improvements. The work turned out good and the time off for the trail has it naturally mended throughout.
Not Recommended

Cement Creek Area

Rides in the Cement Creek drainage East of CB South.
Reno / Flag/ Bear / Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: Reno Road around to Deadmans is closed.
Not Recommended
Reno Ridge & Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
Trail #409
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
Trail #412, #405.2a, #405 and #409 1/2
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
Walrod Cutoff Trail 418: The Caves Loop
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended

Kebler Pass Area

Rides near Kebler Pass, West of the Town of Crested Butte.
Kebler Pass Wagon Road #606
Conditions: All three sections are closed.
Not Recommended
Lily Lake Loop #639
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
The Dyke Trail
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended
West Side Cow Camp/Cliff Creek #840
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended

Taylor Canyon Area

This area lies 10-20 miles South and East of Crested Butte.
Doctor Park Trail #424
Conditions: Closed for the season.
Not Recommended


More single trail in a 7 square mile area than anywhere else in the West. Central Colorado's treasured riding stash.
Hartman Rocks
Conditions: Most if not all areas around Gunnison are considered Open and in good riding shape. As always we recommend checking with the local shops for current up to date conditions. The best detailed reports for all this area, as well as all mtn bike riding in the Gunnison Area is Gunnison Trails.
Good to Go

Trail descriptions and updates courtesy of The Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Holly's Ride Guides, and The Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Trail Reporting Software and maps ©2000-2015 Thin Air Web. All rights reserved.

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