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Contour Trail: Out-and-Back

Crested Butte



A fantastic beginner ride accessible directly from the outskirts of Gunnison.

Mountain Biking Easy

22 km
129 m
129 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.4 km
Contour Trail: Out-and-Back Map

Accessible directly from the city streets of Gunnison, Colorado, is a growing network of singletrack known as the Signal Peak Trails. While the nearby trails at Hartmans Rocks have been around for decades, the trail development at Signal Peaks has only truly kicked off in the past few years. Trail construction is still ongoing. This beginner and intermediate-friendly trail system is home to a slew of flowy, non-technical trails, including a fantastic beginner ride known as the Contour Trail.


The Contour Trail begins at G Hill above the Western State University campus. After a short ugly climb to get to the start of the trail, this non-technical singletrack flows along the hillside for over 6 miles one-way. As you might imagine from the name, the trail doesn't gain or lose hardly any elevation along its length. It follows a contour line along the hillside, swooping in and out of the gulleys as it works its way to the east from the campus.

The trail tread is smooth and non-technical the entire way, and with almost no climbing and descending, this is the perfect trail for introducing a new rider to the sport of mountain biking, getting out for some easy miles, or even railing some singletrack on the gravel bike. For the easiest ride possible, simply pedal an out-and-back on the Contour Trail as mapped. For more climbing, descending, and total mileage, consider connecting to other nearby trails, such as Sunny D and Duane's World.



Mostly smooth and non-technical singletrack with unavoidable obstacles 2in/5cm tall or less. Avoidable obstacles may be present. Ideal for beginner riders.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack

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