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Signal Peak: Sunny D Loop

Crested Butte



A fantastic pedal-friendly loop through the Signal Peak trails.

Mountain Biking Moderate

27 km
460 m
460 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.7 km
Signal Peak: Sunny D Loop Map

The Signal Peak trail system offers miles upon miles of flowing, non-technical mountain bike trails that are perfect for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. The loop shown here is one of the longest logical loops in the trail system, using one of the newest trails (as of this writing in 2023): Sunny D.


The ride begins directly from the WSU campus, heading out on the Contour Trail and climbing to the Ridgeline Trail via Rasta Gulch. The Ridgeline Trail can be a bit of a grind, but once it reaches the Shoelace singletrack, the grade mellows a bit and gets more bike-friendly.

Shoelace continues to climb and eventually reaches the South Rim Trail. South Rim provides absolutely phenomenal views of the surrounding region! Thanks to the sagebrush-covered slopes, the million-dollar views are wide-open and unobstructed. On a clear day, you can easily spot the jagged San Juan mountains to the south poking up over the lower ranges in the foreground.

South Rim winds its way across the mountain, eventually reaching the newly-built Sunny D. Sunny D is the climax of this ride, providing a stupendous, flowy descent on purpose-built singletrack. Dropping about 680 vertical feet in 3 miles, the grade is mellow, but the momentum is to die for!

After Sunny D, it's a mellow but scenic pedal back along the Contour Trail. As you might imagine from the name, Contour 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 west to get back to campus.

At 16.5 miles in length with about 1,500 feet of climbing and descending, this is a superb intermediate cross-country ride that will leave pedal-hungry riders raving!



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between May and November


  • Flow
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack

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