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 Tuesday December 10, 2013

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: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
http://www.skicb.com/cbmr/info/mountain/summer-evolution.aspx
Not Recommended
Lower Loop
Conditions: PLEASE READ! 11/12/13
The sun is quite low now and only a few degrees in compass reading makes a big difference. Exposure is everything this time of year and the Lower Loop predominately has less than perfect exposure. There are some dry spots but there are many more muddy spots and riding on this trail series is not recommended!
Not Recommended
Lupine Trail
Conditions: Please Read!! 11.18.13
A size-able storm (11/16) covered the trail with snow and this may be it for the 2013 riding season on Lupine. Check in anytime as we will post conditions as they change.
http://mtnbikehalloffame.com/page.cfm?pageid=20841
Not Recommended
Snodgrass Trail - #590
Conditions: August 11th, twenty13 - SNODGRASS TRAIL #590 IS 'CLOSED' Sunday-August 11th -it closed at sundown.

The trail is on Ralph Allen & Sons property and they need everyone's cooperation. No walking, running, hiking or bicycling what so ever when it is 'closed'.
Thank you for respecting the Allen's needs!
Not Recommended
Upper Loop / Tony’s Trail / Whetstone Vista
Conditions: PLEASE READ! 11.18.13
The U.L. has a good amount of snow on it from the recent storm (11/16/13). This could be it for the Upper Loop this 2013 riding season. If it changes, we will post the conditions right away. For now skiing might be a way to get out and enjoy the U.L.
Not Recommended

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 - December 10th, 2013 - Hartman Rocks is fairly buried in snow. The temperatures are very cold and will not melt out the snow until spring. 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
Not Recommended

Cement Creek Area

Rides in the Cement Creek drainage East of CB South.
Reno / Flag/ Bear / Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Reno Ridge & Deadman’s Gulch
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Trail #409
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up. This trail had a tremendous amount of work done to it in the summer of 2k12 by the U.S. Forest Service. It rides really good again! It remains one of our historic classics.
Not Recommended
Trail #412, #405.2a, #405 and #409 1/2
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Walrod Cutoff Trail 418: The Caves Loop
Conditions: Please Read: 12.9.13
Snow covers the trail right now. It looks to be done for this season. Snow shoe hiking in the area is a possibility.
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: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
http://youtu.beh7Z8Ui8wadw
Not Recommended
Farris Creek Tr #736/ 402
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Strand Hill Tr #556
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Teocalli Ridge Tr #557
Conditions: The contract for the repair work is completed and the trail is again scheduled to open in 2014. Stay tuned. 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

Kebler Pass Area

Rides near Kebler Pass, West of the Town of Crested Butte.
Kebler Pass Wagon Road #606
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Lily Lake Loop #639
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
The Dyke Trail
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
West Side Cow Camp/Cliff Creek #840
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended

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: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended
Trail Rider Trail #401
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Done for the season. All snowed up.
Not Recommended

Taylor Canyon Area

This area lies 10-20 miles South and East of Crested Butte.
Doctor Park Trail #424
Conditions: 10.14.tw13 Several small storms have rolled thru since the first of the month and have left this trail in a very muddy state. It could re-open with good weather and we will certainly let it be posted if it is.
http://youtu.be/XFr1-I8X6oc
Not Recommended

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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