Crested Butte comes with the best mountain biking experience in the country. Many believe that real mountain biking began in this very place. The more you ride your bikes in the area, the more you realized why it all started here. In fact there is a mountain bike museum in historic downtown Crested Butte.
Most of the mountain bike rides are long and epic. The shorter rides still have access to stunning mountain scenery. The hills are definitely beautiful. People who visit the area will enjoy most of the summer riding their bikes. To people who are filled with stamina and in a fit condition, traveling 30 to 50 miles in bikes is possible. But for beginners, half of that distance will already pose a challenge.
For beginners or those who like my wife prefer to NOT ride single track trails – there are many choices for a nice scenic ride on a dirt road that will allow you to get out of town and experience the beauty of Crested Butte from your bike (or one you rent). You may try riding out Slate River Road – pretty flat for miles, Washington Gulch Road (a steady incline), Brush Creek Road, or if you are up on Mt. Crested Butte try riding out Gothic Road which will take you to the historic townsite of Gothic and the home of the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab. The Mountain Express bus service (every 15 minutes during Summer) has a bike rack and will give you a lift up the mountain to the base area.
Majority of the single track trails have slowly been converted to bike trails because of the number of people who ride bikes and pass by. The Crested Mountain Bike Association or CBMBA is a local organization that is connected with the International Mountain Bike Association or IMBA. The said group has been passionately involved in the maintenance of the trails, protection, access, as well as land holder trust. Trail signs seen along the way are made and posted by the CBMBA.
The high alpine areas along Crested Butte are quite fragile. It is advised that all riders ride carefully and don’t abuse the trails. Carry over the wet areas. Stay on the main trail and never braid boggy areas. It would help if you show the rest of the world that mountain bikers do care.
Ride the Lift Up with your Bike – then Bike down
On Mt. Crested Butte the chairlifts run in the summer, and the Red Lady Lift can give you and your bike a ride up the mountain – there are many trails to ride down. Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) maintains the trails and for the expert downhill bikers there are expert trails with all you can ask for. CBMR also provides bike instruction and guides and programs for adults, kids and families.
Current Status of the Trails located Near Town
- Lower Loop (Good to Go): From the Lower Loop, Upper Lower Loop, Budd Trail, Ruby Bend, as well as the Woods Walk, all of which are open. Aside from that, the KB Connector has already dried to an acceptable level. This trail was recently worked on and has been widened and lots of rocks removed – a good option for beginners – start in town.
- Lupine Trail (Good to Go): The entire Lupine Trail is already open and ready for travel. Water is present in a number of areas on the northern section, but it is in good shape.
- Sondgrass Trail (Good to Go): Everything is drying up pretty fast. There are still some damp spots along the way, but it’s open.
- Upper Loop/ Tony’s Trail/Whetstone Vista (Good to Go): The majority of the Upper Loop is dry. With regards to Tony’s Trail, further out to the golf course through the Divine Trail is already dry. Other spots good for travelers are from the Upper Trail to Whetstone Vista.
- The CBMR Mountain Trails (Not Recommended): The only area that seems to be drying out is on the Columbine Trail. The snow line is getting higher everyday, but those not under the sun are still quite messy. The trails are not considered open by the ski station management.
Current Status of the Trails at Brush Creek Area
- Deer Creek (Good to Go): It’s a Go for Deer Creek, but of course, there are still some wet areas, however not very many. The area is in perfect shape already.
- Farris Creek (Good to Go): Overall, the place is dry.
- Teocalli Ridge (Not Recommended): According to the Forest Service, this particular area is closed all summer. There will be a re-alignment work to all travelers.
Bike Rental – you can rent bikes at Flatiron Sports at the base area, and the Alpineer and Big Als in downtown Crested Butte.
Crested Butte Real Estate offers a wide variety of properties including ski in/ski out single family homes, ski-in/ski-out condominiums, lake and river frontage properties, golf course property, and true luxury mountain homes on acreage. To see featured properties or search the MLS – visit chriskopf.com. Contact Crested Butte Real Estate Agent, Chris Kopf at: (970) 209-5405.