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Any Kebler Pass fat ride begins at the trailhead located just 2 miles out of Crested Butte.
This trailhead will likely be packed with vehicles, as this is a very popular snowmobiling destination.
Don't let the crowded parking area scare you off; this ride is awesome and the traffic is dispersed. Due to the sheer number of snowmobiles using this route, it is advisable to choose a weekday for the best ride experience.
What this route lacks in quiet solitude, it more than compensates for in eye candy.
As with most mountain pass roads, the route climbs ever-upward through stunningly-beautiful terrain. The length of ride is completely up to each fat biker.
The distance from the trailhead to the pass is 7 miles, but there are numerous add-on options available.
There are several side trails, ranging anywhere from 2-4 additional miles long, as well as the 5 miles down the other side of the pass toward Lost Lake.
Time, rider fitness and energy, and snow conditions are the only limiting factors in determining the length of ride on any given day. Though this “trail” is actually a snow-covered road, it is consistently groomed for all sorts of winter recreation.
Snowmobiles, timbersleds, snowshoers, and skiers share the winter wonderland with fat bikers as everyone revels in the snowy mountains.
A good dose of common courtesy goes a long way toward a great day out on the trail. Compared to many other mountain pass roads, Kebler Pass climbs quite kindly! Though it certainly climbs steadily, the grade is gentle enough to make the endeavor reasonable.
As with any mountain adventure, it is wise to prepare for changing conditions.
Even a bluebird Colorado sky can quickly disappear in a swirling snow squall and go from warm to cold in a heartbeat.
Consider also, that though the descent will be a blast...
it will feel MUCH colder than the climb.
Bring snacks, extra layers, and warmer gloves/mittens to keep joy from turning to misery. Don't forget to grab a few photos so you can share the scenery with folks who aren't as lucky as you!