Crested Butte Mountain Biking Overview
Crested Butte is one of our favorite adventure destinations in Colorado, and one of the best mountain bike destinations out there! When the snow melts and summer comes, Crested Butte transforms into a mountain biking getaway where trails span hundreds of miles and wind through incredibly scenic wilderness. The town boasts many high alpine lakes and rivers for SUP and kayaking in the summer months. Hiking trails are plentiful right out of town, and hikers will be rewarded with scenic vistas, potential for wildlife spotting, and wildflowers of every color (Crested Butte is the wildflower capital of Colorado!).
Crested Butte has impressive mountain biking stats with more than 700 miles of singletrack to choose from. That means that bikers of all skill levels can easily find adventure in these mountains. Crested Butte is home to natural and man-made downhill and cross-country trails ranging from easy green singletrack, to double diamond rollers.
Why Crested Butte is Great
High altitude riding in a great attitude town.
Surrounded by gorgeous peaks in all directions.
Crested Butte has been known for great skiing and snowboarding for quite some time, and is now on the map for one of the best mountain bike towns as well.
MUST RIDE MOUNTAIN BIKING TRAILS IN CRESTED BUTTE
Close to town riding options:
Snodgrass is a great trail to ride out of town and a nice intro to the area. The trail is 7.3 miles out and back and provides a great idea of what riding in CB is like, with some beautiful overlooks of Mt. Crested Butte.
401 Trail (Intermediate to Advanced riders only)
This high alpine trail is one the highest trails in the country. It will take you to 11,335′ and is a must do Crested Butte ride. It’s a 14-mile loop that is 60% singletrack after taking the dirt road up. We recommend a shuttle to the top if you’re not into climbing. The 401 trail features alpine-style riding, leading to luscious green wildflower-filled meadows and aspen groves. You get it all with this ride!
Intermediate / Advanced local’s favorite rides:
If you’re up for a 14.5-mile climb for a gnarly 6-mile shred down, this is your trail my enduro friend. You can shuttle this ride if you still want all the shred but none of the grind!
Teocalli Ridge is about 15 minutes outside of town. The trail climbs a sturdy 2,184 feet over 6.8 miles, and some of it may be hike-a-bike. But when you’re on the top, get ready for one heck of a downhill after you enjoy the spectacular views.
Crested Butte downhill park riding (Intermediate/Advanced)
Evolution Bike Park at Mt. Crested Butte has a great variety of trails for all levels. Although it isn’t the biggest of the bike parks, it offers 30 miles of singletrack that can please most intermediate and even some beginner downhill riders. There are enough trails for the advanced downhill riders as well that you won’t be disappointed.
When to go Biking in Crested Butte
Once the snow melts and the mud dries, Crested Butte is ready for your wheels! We recommend the months of May through September for the best riding experience. July is the best month for wildflowers if you to see the rocky-mountains in technicolor.
Crested Butte Mountain Bike Rentals
Rent on the mountain from Elevate / Butte & Co bike shop or Rental Demo Center!
OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN CRESTED BUTTE
Paddling rivers and alpine lakes
Maroon Bells hiking