Laurel’s Summer Bucket List

Selfie at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, CO

Tom and me on our first day at Hartman’s this season. All photos in this post were shamelessly stolen from him.

Usually about this time of year I start thinking about favorite trails like old friends I’m going to go see soon. Those trails usually form the basis of my summer riding bucket list in the Gunnison Valley. But as I get more technically proficient on my bike, the list of trails that I can ride continues to expand. This spring, I’ve been making a list of new trails that I haven’t explored yet.

Some are obvious ones that every rider in the Valley needs to tick off their list (I’m almost ashamed to put this list out publicly since I’m missing so many classics) and others are a little bit farther away and harder to get to. Here are my top must-ride trails for summer 2017!
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Let the 2017 Mountain Biking Season BEGIN!

Hartman Rocks Opening today– April 13, 2017

riding Josho's Trail at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison

A Mid-Summer Afternoon at Hartman’s from 2016

 

Yeehaw! It’s officially mountain biking season in the Gunnison Valley.

Gunnison Trails reported this morning that the BLM has officially made the call to open Hartman Rocks north of the Powerlines today, April 13, 2017. There are a few temporary closures in place. Get the full scoop at the Gunnison Trails newsletter from this morning.
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Leia’s Summer Bucket List

Overnight on the bike

I’ve been riding in the Gunnison Valley for about 15 years and have had many epic days on long, grueling rides with scenery and terrain that literally takes my breath away. One of the greatest parts of living in the Gunnison Valley is that I can access thousands of acres of rideable public lands within a matter of minutes from the house. Day trips are great but I crave just a little bit more. What I haven’t checked off my bucket list is an overnighter on my bike. You know when a great day has come to an end and the fairy dust of the day soon vanishes and it’s back to the reality of dirty laundry, commitments, friends and family? I’d like to extend that euphoria of being out on the trail and add a night or two under the stars with a big campfire in front of me. Here’s a couple micro adventures that I’d like to tick off the list this summer.

Bike packing at Hartman Rocks

sunset at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, CO
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Spring Outerbike Report

This past weekend marked the passing of another successful Spring Outerbike in Moab. Three times a year the folks at Western Spirit Cycling organize “the best bike demo event in the universe.” During the spring and fall, the location is in Moab. During the summer, the event will take place in Mt. Crested Butte for the first time this August. The MTBHome crew makes it a point to come out for each event with our huge trail map, stickers, and, of course, a bunch of beer.
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Ride Report: Fat Bike Hut Trip

Having grown up in Southwest Colorado I am no stranger to winter hut trips. Gather up some friends, food and backcountry gear and spend some time disconnected and enjoying the outdoors. I have done countless winter hut trips with skis and snowboards, so when the opportunity to do one with fat bikes arose I immediately jumped on the opportunity.

maroon hut fat bike trip night
wheelie riding during fat bike world championships crested butte colorado

The Gunnison Valley has greatly embraced the fat bike movement and has hosted the Fat Bike World Championships for two years running. Directly following this year’s festivities, myself and a few other media folks hopped on fat bikes and pedaled the 3.5 miles from the Snodgrass Trailhead out to the Gothic town site and the Maroon Hut.
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Daniel’s Summer Ride List

Spring has sprung in the Gunnison Valley and all of us here at MTBHome are beginning our transition from skis (or fat bikes) to mountain bikes. Over the next few months we’ll each be releasing a bucket list of rides we want to hit this summer. Here are Daniel’s top rides for the summer. Be sure to tune back in for more ideas to add to your personal Gunnison Valley ride list.

Summer is right there, just around the corner. It won’t be long, especially with this warm weather, before Hartman Rocks has melted out and the summer ride training can start. The anticipation is killing most of us, and while the trips west to Moab, Sedona, and Fruita are great, they just can’t live up to what we know is waiting for us this summer in the Gunnison Valley.

Aside from the rides that I do every season like Teocalli Ridge, Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadman’s, and Green Lake I’ve already started my bucket list of new trails to knock out this season. Here are the top three trails that I’m dead-set on riding this season.

deer creek trail near crested butte

Creative Commons license from Trailsource.com

Deer Creek

Deer Creek is probably one of the most disputed trails in the valley. Most people really hate it, some
people really love it, and there doesn’t seem to be much in-between. For me, I think I’m going to love it. I’ve hiked it before and the wildflowers in late June and early July are some of the best in the valley. I also don’t mind going for a ride that doesn’t have a definitive downhill section.

That being said there’s a definite short window of riding for this trail. For optimal conditions it needs to be ridden after the bugs and before the cows. Even if I can ride during this window, the cross-country nature of this ride, and the fact that it’s most commonly ridden as a 30 mile loop from town make this a bear.



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Thanks, Outside Magazine!

The heritage of mountain biking runs deep in the Gunnison Valley, especially Crested Butte. Since the early 1970s, Crested Buttians and visitors from out of town have been exploring our Valley on two wheels: building new trails and racing down them (both formally and informally). The history of the sport of mountain biking is inextricably linked to those early pioneers from nearly 50 years ago.

Riders on Trail 403

 

This November Aaron Gulley of Outside Magazine recognized that legacy of mountain biking when he wrote an article titled Crested Butte is the Country’s Best Mountain Bike DestinationTo say that we’re stoked on this honor is an understatement. Thanks, Aaron and Outside, for your words including:
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Chasing Epic Fall Trip Report

fall mountain biker in crested butteLast weekend, Chasing Epic hosted a private group from the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance for their 25th Anniversary in Crested Butte. Let’s just say the timing was perfect, as the leaves were near-peak and the riding was absolutely spectacular. (more…)

10 Reasons to Come to One Good Weekend

Crested Butte pays homage to its mountain biking heritage with ONE GOOD WEEKEND—aone good weekend festivities celebration of bikes, bands, craft beer, and chili—September 9-11, 2016. Here are the top 10 reasons to experience ONE GOOD WEEKEND.

#1 BIKES

Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley has 750+ miles of singletrack more than anywhere in the world. Festival passes include two days of lift-served XC and downhill riding for all.

#2 Craft BEER

24 Colorado breweries will pour their beers. Folks like Oskar Blues, Odell Brewing, and Revolution Brewery. Festival goers will enjoy free beer throughout the festival, too.

#3 Live MUSIC and MOUNTAINS

There’s music all weekend. Colorado headliners Rapidgrass Quintet and The Reminders serve-up high-energy Bluegrass and HIP-HOP. Panoramic views of the impressive West Elk Mountains surround the stage.

#4 Chili

We can’t think of a better pairing for beer, any style. Local cooks will battle it out to see whose recipe reigns supreme.

#5 Ride with mountain biking LEGENDS

6-time Leadville 100 champion Dave Weins, and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member Doug Bradbury will guide groups of riders on the Meander Trail. Space is limited, so order your festival tickets NOW and reserve your spot.vintage bikers in Crested Butte

#6 Autumn

The summer crowds are gone and cooler mountain temperatures bring striking fall colors. It’s a great time to be on a bike in the Home of Mountain Biking.

#7 Winter

We’ve had snow above 12,500’, so winter is fast approaching. Just another reason to get on a bike before trading it in for a board or skis!

#8 Competition

In a town with so many world-class trails, there’s always a good amount of friendly competition. We’ll be handing-out awards—fastest time, top climber, and even best attitude. Just download Strava and track time and vertical climbing at various stages.

#9 The HOME of Mountain Biking

ONE GOOD WEEKEND is an excuse to ride in Crested Butte, a birthplace of the sport. A town where mountain biking is so ingrained in the culture that 25% of residents say their bike is worth more than their car.

#10 FUN

Crested Butte is a laid-back community always eager to welcome visitors and party. Expect positive vibes, great riding, pint sipping, chili eating, goofy dancing, and more.

GET YOUR TICKETS
Visit mtbhome.com/one-good-weekend for all of the details on the event. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling (877) 213-5357. Register early to reserve your spot in a guided legends ride.

Devon Balet Instagram Takeover

This week we’ll be passing the torch of our Instagram account off to Devon Balet, an adventure devon balet selfielifestyle photographer that grew up down the road in Montrose. His photography is full of sunrises, dramatic  landscapes, bikes, mountains, and the people that make it all so special. Check out some of his photography and answers to our questions below, and make sure to follow both @devonbalet and @mtbhome for some stunning shots.
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