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Crested Butte Singletrack
- Jul 21, 2014 - Jul 25, 2014
- Jul 28, 2014 - Aug 1, 2014
- Aug 4, 2014 - Aug 8, 2014
- Aug 11, 2014 - Aug 15, 2014
- Aug 18, 2014 - Aug 22, 2014
- Aug 25, 2014 - Aug 29, 2014
If you are a singletrack aficionado (you’ve done Sun Valley, Brian Head and even our Colorado Singletrack) and you STILL want more, it’s time to head to Crested Butte. Bigger peaks, taller wildflowers and more singletrack than you can ride in an entire summer.
Through our partnership with Crested Butte Mountain Guides we have created the ultimate Crested Butte itinerary. We pedal right out of town into the Elk Mountains which surround Crested Butte.
Located at a whopping 8,885 feet, Crested Butte is home to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and a birthplace of modern mountain biking. Singletrack literally extends in all directions and we have chosen the most buffed, and the most beautiful, including all the classic rides. True, breathing is a challenge, but the views are unrivaled making the effort all worthwhile.
This trip requires singletrack experience and peak physical condition. Altitudes range from 9,000 to 11,500 feet. This is the real deal, and trust us, it’s amazing. Give us a call — 800-845-2453. We’ll get you lined out on the best that Crested Butte has to offer.
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Crested Butte Singletrack Itinerary
MEETING TIME AND PLACE
This trip will meet at 8:30 AM MST at Crested Butte Sports Ski & Bike Shop 35 Emmons Road, Evergreen Condo Building, Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, 970-349-7516. You will need to spend the night before in Crested Butte.
ENDING TIME AND PLACE
We will return to the bike shop in Mt. Crested Butte between 2:00 & 3:00 PM on the last day.
We’ll begin our journey right from the bike shop in Mt. Crested Butte. Majestic Crested Butte Peak (12,162 feet) rises sharply above town and over the course of the week our tour will take us on a complete circumnavigation of this landmark. We will start out riding the Upper Loop to Whetstone Vista, which then leads us to the Brush Creek Valley. From here, majestic Teocalli Mountain is visible as are parts of the Deer Creek area, giving us a tantalizing preview of what is to come in the days ahead. We’ll top off our water bottles at the Veltri family spring before riding through the beautiful flowers and aspens of Strand Hill. A big smile and hearty appetite are sure to come as we settle into our camp for two nights among the aspens at approximately 9,500 feet. TOTAL MILEAGE: 13 miles
With the mighty 13,209 foot Teocalli Mountain as our backdrop, we ride out this morning on a singletrack tour of Teocalli Ridge. This is a classic by anyone’s standard largely due to the epic downhill. But of course what goes down must first go up. So climbing is the name of the game right out of camp. We ride both singletrack and doubletrack up and alongside the picturesque West Brush Creek, past beaver dams and fields of incredible wildflowers. The moderate climbing continues through willows and across streams until reaching the base of the big climb! Here the climb begins in earnest across the face of Teocalli, culminating at around 11,300 feet. We’ll have the option to hike to the Teocalli summit, weather permitting, before our big fun downhill. Upon returning to our layover camp we continue with the “eat-sleep-ride” credo. Get the picture? TOTAL MILEAGE: 11 miles
After a hearty breakfast and packing up camp, we travel north, then west on our journey up the East River Valley on the beautiful Deer Creek Trail. Deer Creek is a beautiful ride that will challenge us with steep climbs and twisty switchbacks, all on snaking singletrack. The views from the trail encompass the Crested Butte ski area and majestic Gothic Mountain. Riding into the old mining town of Gothic, one can hardly imagine it once supported a population of nearly 8,000. At its height Gothic had several hotels, brothels, saloons, a smelter, three sawmills, a public school and a dancehall. Today, Gothic is home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and supports several hundred in the summers, but only a few hardy souls through the long winters. Our camp for the next two evenings will be in the beautiful upper East River Valley. TOTAL MILEAGE: 16 miles
Our goal today is Paradise Divide (11,372 feet) and the 403 Trail. Climbing from our camp at 9,600 feet we’ll ride through Elko Park, past a waterfall, and between Cinnamon and Baldy Peaks before we lunch at the aptly named Paradise Divide. This is Colorado, one of the highest states in the nation. And today’s ride is mostly above treeline rewarding us with views of mountains stretching into the horizon. The 403 singletrack dives down among shoulder high corn lilies and through a blur of colorful wildflowers before delivering us back to camp. One more day remains and if you thought it couldn’t get any better, just wait and see. TOTAL MILEAGE: 13 miles
After four days of “the goods” you might be thinking, “how can this get any better?” Well it can, because you have not experienced the stunning beauty and eye watering descent of Trail 401 yet. The morning’s ride will take us up valley along the winding East River, past lingering snow patches and by the crystal clear blue water of Emerald Lake. Once we crest Schofield Pass, elevation 10,709 feet, the climbing really begins. What was a well graded dirt road becomes a granny gear climb for about another 700 vertical feet. It’s a tough one, but well worth the extra effort! From the highpoint above treeline the views of the 14,000 foot Maroon Bells are breathtaking. And now one of the all time best downhills anywhere awaits! Simply put, it should be a “must-do” on any mountain biker’s list. This is a ride you’ll replay over and over for years to come. From 401’s finish in Gothic we’ll climb toward the village of Crested Butte and descend on roads right to the bike shop, where we will say goodbye. TOTAL MILEAGE: 18 miles
Riding Surface: Singletrack on clay based soil, some rocky scree crossings.
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to difficult, many obstacles and tricky sections.
Physical Difficulty: Difficult, high elevations, steep climbs, long unsupported sections.
Altitude: 9,000 - 11,500 feet.
Please Note: This tour contains some very difficult riding on narrow, steep mountain trails. A high level of skill and fitness is required to enjoyably navigate much of the route. We will be without vehicle support during all of the singletrack sections of the ride and medical help is far away. If you do not consider yourself to be an expert rider and doubt your ability to complete this tour, please call us and we can help you determine whether this trip is appropriate for you. Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, rider safety, and other factors which may affect the logistics of the adventure.