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May 10, 2016 3 min read

As trails thaw out, mountain biking is the brain. We’ve been riding Hartman’s for the past month and are itching for the high country to open up. Take a look atour favorite 6 trails (2 from each skill category) that we know you need to ride while you’re in town this summer.

Beginner Trails

Start slowly and go from there. It doesn’t matter if your skill level is top notch in Crested Butte or not, even the beginner trails offer epic views, diverse terrain, and a helluva good time.

1. The Rec Path

It’s alway a good place to start. Get your bearings back under ya and suck in what it feels like to be riding at elevation. Connecting Crested Butte to Mt. Crested Butte, the Rec Path is super fun and fast on the way into downtown.

2. Lower Loop - Woods Walk

West of town the Lower Loop and Woods Walk serve to be the perfect adventure ride for someone just starting off looking to hop back on their bike and hit some singletrack. Enjoy riding along Peanut Lake, looking towards Paradise Divide and having a great view of Mt. Crested Butte too.

3. Brush Creek

Looking to get a little out of town? Brush Creek Trail is the perfect escape. The double wide trail offers the perfect landscape for mountain bikers, horses, and hikers to coexist. Epic wildflowers, a different perspective of the mountain, and friendly faces will have you ready to shred.

Intermediate Trails

As your skills increase so do your trail options in Crested Butte. Tougher climbs and longer descents are in your future.

1. Strand Hill

It’s opens early, and man, it’s so damn good. Push through the uphill and you’ll be rewarded. Some say it’s the best view of Teocalli Mountain and others go so fast they have no idea. Strand is a local favorite, and we can’t wait to lap it!

2. Snodgrass

Close to town, lots of flowers, a spectacular view of Mt. Crested Butte, and a trail that’ll have you gasping for air. It’s a short and steep climb to the descent, but once you’ve made it, it’s a flowy singletrack from there.

3. Lupine

Named accordingly, you’ll see purple everywhere! Through the Saddle Ridge neighborhood and descending into Paradise, you’ll have a smile on your face the whole time. Tight turns and steep dropoffs will have you wanting more.


The baddest of the bad. This place is a mecca if you’re a seasoned biker. With so many options, sometimes you’re forced to pick only a few. These two won’t disappoint.

1. Teocalli Trail

It’s epic. The climb is grueling, steep, hard, the worst, whatever...but it’s SO worth it once you’re up there. Redone a few years ago, Teocalli Trail is unreal. It’s one of the most fun downhills in the country and the view is dreamy. Bring your extra lungs and ride on!

2. Evolution Bike Park

Lift served biking is so kush. Crested Butte Mountain Resort does it right. Opening the second week of June and rolling into the fall, Evolution Bike Park is the perfect playground whether you're looking for a ride up, cross country trails, or a mixture of the two.

3. 401

We’ve all heard it. It’s one of the most sought after trails in the lower 48, and it’s worth the wait. Iconic views, high alpine riding, and all around sweetness has 401 as a must do in Crested Butte.

For more information or questions, come into Chopwood Mercantile while you’re in town and let’s chat and see what you should ride and when...maybe we’ll join ya too.

For trail updates and conditions, check in with one of our favorite non profits in the valley, C.B.M.B.A. and see what’s good. Travel Crested Butte's mountain biking guide is also a sweet place to look. Happy trails to you!