Guidebook

Superb Alpine Mountain Biking in Crested Butte, Colorado

The best mountain biking trails in the stunningly-beautiful mountain destination of Crested Butte, Colorado.

Description

Crested Butte is one of two places in the United States that can claim to be the birthplace of mountain biking. 4x4 roads and historic singletrack trails crisscrossing the beautiful mountains of the Elk Range around Crested Butte provided the perfect proving grounds for cyclists to adapt their bikes for off-road travel. Since the history of mountain biking in Crested Butte stretches back to the dawn of the sport, this beautiful mountain town has long provided the destination for mountain bike pilgrims from around the world.

Even today, Crested Butte remains the standard by which all other mountain destinations are judged. So what exactly makes it so special?

The mountain peaks surrounding Crested Butte are some of the most majestic and beautiful in the Rocky Mountains. Between, over, and across the sides of these mountains is stretched a spider web of over 700 miles of fantastic singletrack, providing flowing descents, chunky singletrack, and access to these incredible views.

In addition to the towering mountain peaks, in early summer wildflowers tower above your handlebars. Shades of gold, blue, purple, and orange blanket the mountainsides in a stunning array of color, earning Crested Butte the label of "Wildflower Capital of Colorado." Where the meadows turn to forest, you'll find deep aspen groves that turn a beautiful gold in the fall—including the largest living organism on planet earth, the Kebler Pass Aspen Grove.

Crested Butte isn’t a place that you can just read about—it must be experienced. Dig into the routes in this guidebook, and start planning your Rocky Mountain getaway today!

Trail 401

Trail 401

Crested Butte
22.2 km
Arguably the most beautiful trail in North America, with epic views of the Elk Range, Trail 401 is also one of the oldest and best-known trails in the world.
Private
Doctor Park

Doctor Park

Crested Butte
33.3 km
Not only is it considered the best backcountry singletrack descent in Crested Butte, but Doctor Park ranks as one of the best singletrack descents in the nation!
Private
Reno -> Flag -> Bear -> Deadman's

Reno -> Flag -> Bear -> Deadman's

Crested Butte
31.8 km
A fantastic cross country singletrack loop passing through remote terrain, with gorgeous views along the way. Arguably one of the best-quality loop rides in Crested Butte.
Private
Lupine Loop

Lupine Loop

Crested Butte
19.6 km
A rewarding loop from downtown Crested Butte with flowy singletrack and beautiful views.
Private
Deer Creek Loop

Deer Creek Loop

Crested Butte
40.6 km
A grueling cross country trail that rewards the rider with beautiful wild flowers and stunning views.
Private
Teocalli Ridge

Teocalli Ridge

Crested Butte
29.6 km
Epic views from the top of Teocalli Ridge give way to a ripping descent all the way back down to the valley floor on this classic Crested Butte route.
Private
Dyke Trail

Dyke Trail

Crested Butte
25.1 km
Dark, loamy singletrack flows through one of the world's largest living organisms: the Kebler Pass Aspen Grove.
Private
Strand Hill

Strand Hill

Crested Butte
14.9 km
Short but steep and fast descents in a tightly-wound trail network.
Private
The 409s

The 409s

Crested Butte
20.2 km
Delightfully-technical singletrack both up and down that flies below the radar.
Private
Trail 403 Loop

Trail 403 Loop

Crested Butte
46.4 km
A beautiful high-alpine trail connected into a mega loop.
Private