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 Monday August 11, 2014

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: July 16th, 2014. Rock Creek # 403 is ready for bicycle riding. It is still damp in spots and a little muddy in others but it is drying quickly and makes for a quick ride from town. We certainly recommend that it be ridden from Washington Gulch to Gothic road for the most fun.
Good to Go
Trail Rider Trail #401
Conditions: June 30th, 2014. OPEN!!! Ready as a loop all the way to Judd Falls. YES, there are multiple snow piles to hike over, both on the Schofield uphill and of course in the deep ravines on the downhill. The plug of snow on the way up Schofield before Emerald Lake is there, but not that big. It will keep cars from going any further, fo sho.......
Good to Go

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: June 19th, tw14 - For the absolute up to date info go to this sight below. All trails are officially OPEN.
http://www.skicb.com/cbmr/info/mountain/summer-evolution.aspx
Good to Go
Lower Loop
Conditions: June 19th 2014- 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.
Good to Go
Lupine Trail
Conditions: June 12th, tw14 - Lupine Trail in its entirety is Open.
http://mtnbikehalloffame.com/page.cfm?pageid=20841
Good to Go
Snodgrass Trail - #590
Conditions: August 11th, SNODGRASS IS still Open but it will be closing for the 2k14 season on Sunday, August 17th at sundown

The trail is on Ralph Allen & Sons property and they need everyone's cooperation.
Thank you for respecting the Allen's needs!
Good to Go
Upper Loop / Tony’s Trail / Whetstone Vista
Conditions: June 12th, tw14 - OPEN, green & great . All sections of the Upper Loop Area are quite dry and ride-able.
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 # 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!!!
http://youtu.beh7Z8Ui8wadw
Good to Go
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.
Good to Go
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!
Good to Go
Teocalli Ridge Tr #557
Conditions: June 30th, 2014. OPEN and fairly dry! 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.
Good to Go

Cement Creek Area

Rides in the Cement Creek drainage East of CB South.
Reno / Flag/ Bear / Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: July 16th, tw14 - Reno Road around to Deadmans is OPEN.
Good to Go
Reno Ridge & Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: June 24th, tw14 - OPEN!! A little snow to contend with in the black forest on the single trail heading towards Deadmans. If your going down the 33 switchbacks to cross Cement Creek bare in mind that it is running full tilt and we suggest you keep your shoes on for the crossing......jussayin
Good to Go
Trail #409
Conditions: June 1st, tw14 - The historic Tr. 409 is ready to rock if you are. We recommend starting in Cement Creek with either the starting point of 409 on the Walrod road or climbing up the steep and switched back Caves Trail to get to the main of 409. From there it is just a bump of a climb to head north and onto the middle and reworked section that ends up in Farris Creek. As one can imagine, there are a few wet areas that will require dismounting and detour navigation but most of the trail is dry and quite fun. Yes, your bike will get dirty.....and you might even giggle once or twice. Remember, this trail is a classic and a neat throwback to the heritage days of the klunker. Try it now since many of the other options in the north valley are still not recommended.
Good to Go
Trail #412, #405.2a, #405 and #409 1/2
Conditions: July 16th - Open, clear of the big avalanche debris.
Good to Go
Walrod Cutoff Trail 418: The Caves Loop
Conditions: June 1st, tw14 -Very nice conditions for this loop. Wildflowers are loving the hot southern exposure and are beginning to brighten the area.
Good to Go

Kebler Pass Area

Rides near Kebler Pass, West of the Town of Crested Butte.
Kebler Pass Wagon Road #606
Conditions: July 16th, tw14 - All three sections are dried out and OPEN.
Good to Go
Lily Lake Loop #639
Conditions: June 30th, tw14 - Open, very wet and muddy in areas at the top of the climb near the lake itself. On the downhill or Ohio Pass side there are several snow piles to negotiate. Your bike is gunna get dirty......oh well, it is fabulous back there right now and the flowers are spectacular.
Good to Go
The Dyke Trail
Conditions: July 16th, tw14 - Have at it......enjoy!!
Good to Go
West Side Cow Camp/Cliff Creek #840
Conditions: June 30th, tw14 - OPEN!! go give this fun loop a try if you haven't experienced it. It is a throw back to how trails were in CB's klunker days, skinny, tight, with debris ala' natural.
Good to Go

Taylor Canyon Area

This area lies 10-20 miles South and East of Crested Butte.
Doctor Park Trail #424
Conditions: July 16th, tw14 - - OPEN!
http://youtu.be/XFr1-I8X6oc
Good to Go

Gunnison

More single trail in a 7 square mile area than anywhere else in the West. Central Colorado's treasured riding stash.
Hartman Rocks
Conditions: PLEASE READ - April 29th, tw14 - 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: http://gunnisontrails.com/?page_id=474
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 ©2000-2014 Thin Air Web. All rights reserved.

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