Guidebook

6 Flowy Beginner Mountain Bike Trails in Crested Butte

Pedal flowy cross country trails on these 6 selections from Crested Butte's vast network of singletrack.

Description

Crested Butte may be renowned for its epic-length cross country rides that climb high into the mountains, but this superb mountain bike destination is also home to a great selection of flowy, beginner-friendly XC trails. In fact, on average, Crested Butte’s singletrack trails are not nearly as rocky as most other trails in Colorado. Some trails are dramatic exceptions to this rule… but they aren’t included in this guidebook.

Start off with a pedal on Lower Loop—this may be one of the best beginner mountain bike trails in the world! Even expert riders will enjoy the swoop and flow coupled with jaw-dropping mountain views. For a longer loop with more climbing, add in the Lupine Trail, or do this combination the next day.

On the other hand, if your goal is to avoid climbing as much as possible, head to the Evolution Bike Park and ride a combination of downhill flow trails and classic singletrack. Hotdogger, Primer -> Awakening, and Meander will provide a full day of delightful lift-served beginner riding.

Ready for a bit of a challenge… but an approachable one? Then finish your week of beginner-friendly pedaling with an out-and-back ride on the classic Snodgrass Trail. This is yet another superb singletrack trail that both beginners and experts love!

Lower Loop
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Lower Loop

Crested Butte
14.8 km
218 m
217 m
While the Lower Loop may be the easiest singletrack trail in Crested Butte, the flow is sweet and the scenery is unreal!
Easy
Private
Lupine Loop
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Lupine Loop

Crested Butte
19.6 km
485 m
484 m
A rewarding loop from downtown Crested Butte with flowy singletrack and beautiful views.
Moderate
Private
Hotdogger
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Hotdogger

Crested Butte
2.1 km
0 m
150 m
One of the best beginner flow trails you'll ever ride!
Easy
Private
Primer -> Awakening
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Primer -> Awakening

Crested Butte
4.3 km
1 m
292 m
One of the easiest trails in the Crested Butte Bike Park.
Easy
Private
Meander
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Meander

Crested Butte
8.1 km
89 m
317 m
An ultra-scenic intermediate trail at CBMR.
Moderate
Private
Snodgrass
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Snodgrass

Crested Butte
9.2 km
259 m
259 m
Flowy black dirt winds its way through an aspen grove at the base of Snodgrass Mountain.
Moderate
Private