Select Page

The best mountain biking trails in and around Crested Butte

The best mountain biking trails in and around Crested Butte

A mountain biker rides past blooming wildflowers across the valley from Mount Crested Butte. Crested Butte and Gunnison Valley are recognized as one of the…

Wednesday, Jun 22

News

A mountain biker rides past blooming wildflowers across the valley from Mount Crested Butte. Crested Butte and Gunnison Valley are recognized as one of the best places in the country to mountain bike — and for sound reason. In the heart of the Elk Mountains, the area’s trails deliver exquisite 360-degree views of slopes blanketed in aspens and vibrant wildflower fields, jagged rock formations and snow-capped summits.

You can easily bike to many of the trailheads around town or catch the free shuttle to help mitigate road congestion and trailhead traffic:

In the 1970s, the mining-turned-ski town became the incubator for the klunker bike evolution: no-gear, balloon-tire bicycles that were Frankensteined for off-trail exploration. The Crested Butte Klunker Tour launched in 1976, with 15 riders pedaling from Crested Butte to Aspen over 12,700-foot Pearl Pass — the nation’s premiere mountain bike event — and by the third tour, bicyclists from Marin County, Calif., where there was a simultaneous klunker movement, joined for the rowdy adventure. Within a decade, the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA) was born, which is known as one of the oldest mountain bike clubs, if not the oldest.

Around that time in the early ‘80s, CBMBA cofounder Don Cook built an ultralight plane to survey game trails and terrain to build singletrack trails. He’d fly as close as 30 feet off the ground, scribbling down details about the topography on a notepad using a Sharpie.

The groundwork of those pioneers eventually led to 750 miles of mountain bike trails […]

Share This