Upper Westside -> Town

Crested Butte

An absolutely fantastic rip that may have you wondering what the point of pedaling up Schofield Pass is.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
9.2 km
Ascent
24 m
Descent
466 m
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.2 km
Gradient
12˚
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Upper Westside -> Town Map

Description

Pro tip: for your day in the Evolution Bike Park, park your car in the free parking lot in the town of Crested Butte. Catch the free shuttle bus up to the park, and ride lifts all day. Then, when you’ve had your fill of downhill shredding, catch this trail and rip classic, rocky singletrack with stunning views back down to town.

This 1,500-foot descent is an absolute gem! The singletrack up top is rocky and challenging, with a few rock gardens that will have you thinking you're still in the bike park. In the middle, the views open up, providing stunning vistas of Mount Crested Butte, the Town of Crested Butte, Whetstone Mountain, Gothic, and more. During the peak of the wildflower season, beautiful colors will surround you as you whip through the open alpine meadows.

Riding Upper Westside to Town follows a somewhat long list of trails, but with this map, it will appear much more logical as you’re pedaling. To complete this ride, you need to pick up Upper Westside at the top of the chairlift. Then, follow that trail to Westside, to Happy Hour, turn left on Upper Loop, and then right on Tony’s to finish your descent to the valley floor. At the bottom of Tony’s, return to town on the gravel road.

After enjoying the delightful tech-gnar, swoopy flow sections, and stunning views all around you, you may find yourself wondering, “what’s the point of pedaling up Schofield Pass for the 401 again?!"

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

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

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Shuttle-run
  • Singletrack
  • In the forest
  • Roots
  • Rock Slabs
  • Rock Gardens

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