Walt instigated a trip this summer to the
alpine mountain biking capital of the country, Crested Butte, Colorado. There is no better
place in the country to mountain bike if you love riding miles of pristine
single track through pine forests and alpine meadows. Three of us went - Walt,
Steve and Jeff, a friend of the South Bay Mtn Bikers.
- Saturday July 28: Start early in the morning,
stop overnight in Fruita, CO at the Super
- Sunday: Drive the rest of the way to CB,
staying at the Old
Town Inn. Had lunch, set up Walt and Jeff at their campsite,
then rode the Lower Loop Trail from their campground into town
- Monday: Rode the Dyke Trail (14 miles;
2500' climbing; max elevation 10,400'; maps). This is lower than the
other trails so we thought it would be a good place to start.
- Tuesday: Rode Trail
401 (14.2 miles; 1200' climb on dirt road, 1600' on singletrack;
max elevation 11,300'; maps). We did this as a partial shuttle. We
parked the van at the top and Jeff rode back up to get it while
Steve explored the western end of the Deer Creek Trail. Walt
rode the lower section of Trail 401 to the end and then Snodgrass
Trail. After bringing the van down to the Deer Creek Trail trailhead
for Steve, Jeff rode the Deer Creek Trail to the eastern end,
then took the road back to town. He characterizes the Deer Creek
Trail as a death march so we didn't ride there on Wednesday
- Wednesday: Rode the Flag Creek Trail /
Bear Creek Trail / Deadman's Gulch Trail (14,3 miles; 2000'
climb and 3700' descent; max elevation is 11,120' at the trailhead;
We parked the van at the top and planned to do this as a partial
shuttle, with Walt riding back to get the van (this trail was
his idea; 6.5 miles with 2000' of climbing) while Jeff and Steve
explored some other trails near the bottom. However, fate was
smiling on us and we ran into Joshua and Allison (newly from
Kansas) at the top, and Joshua drove Steve back up to get the
- Thursday: Rode the Snodgrass Mtn Trail
out and back (6.6 miles total; 1400' climbing and descent; maps).
Drove to Panguich, Utah,
staying at the Lamp
- Friday: Rode the Thunder
Mountain Trail in the morning (15.3 miles; 1100' climb on bike path and
dirt road, 1700' on singletrack; max elevation 8,200'; maps). After
lunch, Jeff showed Walt the Blowhard Mountain Trail while Steve
shuttled to the bottom to pick them up. It turns out that significant
parts of the trail were rutted, muddy, rocky, rooted and/or
loose. Walt isn't planning to ride there again.
- Saturday August 4: We had planned that
Jeff and Steve would ride the Blowhard Mountain Trail on Saturday
before driving home. However, after Walt's experience on Friday,
Jeff thought that a trail from Brian Head would be more appropriate.
So Jeff and Steve rode from the top of Brian Head, along the
Sidney Peaks Trail, then down the Right Fork Bunker Creek Trail,
taking the dirt road out; maps.
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