Fat Biking Crested Butte & Gunnison – Trails for Every Rider
Disclaimer: Some of these routes pass through or under avalanche terrain and users should review the CBAC report and bring proper gear before venturing into avalanche terrain.
Crested Butte is no doubt a mecca of mountain biking. It has been since the very first days of the sport. Sitting at 8,909 feet above sea level, surrounded by mountains that get an average of 217 inches of snowfall, it’s also a world-class ski destination. But if the menu is two wheels instead of two planks, what to do? Fat bikes are the answer.
Of course fat biking is fun at any time in CB, but those wide tires really come into their own when Old Man Winter has blown on through. Coloradoans, and especially CB locals, are a hardy lot. They fully embrace snow. It’s a big reason they live there, so there are no shortages of places to ride when the trails turn white.
There are two types of trails in the winter: user compacted and professionally groomed. Compacted trails could be from hikers/snowshoers, Nordic skiers, snow mobiles, etc., they’ll tend to be more rugged and possibly more difficult, but riders have a better chance of avoiding crowds. Groomed trails are perfect for beginners or those who just want to spin.
It’s peak foliage in the Gunnison Valley this week and riding season is at its apex. Most of us locals love this time of year because of the beauty and fewer crowds. The past month has been incredibly busy with Outerbike coming to town, the Big Mountain Enduro finals, and the Pearl Pass Tour heading to Aspen and back for its 41st year. This will be our last #OneGoodRide Roundup for the season, but that doesn’t mean the riding is over yet. Fingers crossed we’ll get another year like last and we can ride the high alpine all the way into November.
Crested Butte (CB) and the Gunnison Valley have been a mecca for mountain biking for decades, and have close ties to the very earliest days of the sport. There is simply nothing like a long, hard day in the saddle to highlight all that is wonderful about riding flowing ribbons of singletrack stretching into the horizon. Well, maybe doing that long, hard day surrounded by snow-capped mountains, kaleidoscopic wildflowers, and lush green valleys, all underneath a cloudless cobalt sky. Here is a list of some of the best 20+ mile rides available in the area. (more…)
Ride Report: Baxter Gulch
For the last 30 years, the Baxter Gulch area has been off-limits to public recreation, at least if you wanted to access it from town. Soon, thanks to efforts by the Crested Butte Land Trust, the Town of Crested Butte, the US Forest Service, the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, and many others this historic piece of singletrack will be reopened to the public.
Last Wednesday I rode my bike out to help CBMBA with one of their Wednesday Workdays in an effort to finish the last mile or so of singletrack needed to connect the Baxter Gulch trail to the Carbon trail. The trail is incredibly close to being finished and with the help of the Crested Butte Conservation Corps and town citizens they hope to have it done before the first snow hits. (more…)
Crested Butte’s Top 5 Mountain Bike Trails that Aren’t the 401
Yes, yes, EVERYBODY loves the 401 Trail. It’s been in all the mags, has been plenty of Facebook banners, and is probably the most Instagrammed trail in Colorado. For good reason—it’s amazing. However, the stunning amount of ridiculously scenic singletrack in Crested Butte (CB) is hard to fathom. Check out these alternatives that promise to deliver the same, or better, epic sweeping vistas, wildflowers of every color, long, lung-busting climbs, and even longer descents that are sure to induce perma-grin. (more…)
2017 Outerbike in Mt. Crested Butte was One for the Books!
The inaugural year of Outerbike in the home of mountain biking is over. By all accounts we blew our expectations out of the water. 500 people, around 1200 bikes, and some of the best rides in Crested Butte right out of the venue. Here’s how it all went down.
Photo Credit: Taylor Ahearn, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
A fairly new addition to Gunnison, Rachel Alter has made quite an impact on this close knit community. Her accomplishments are too many to list here but a few of the highlights: she is a yogi, is fluent in Spanish (has taught some after school programs), makes one hell of a cake (is owner, baker & chef of Pedals & Pastries), coaches the Gunnison High School Mountain Bike team, is one of the few startup businesses involved in Gunnison’s Ice Accelerator Program and little known fact she studied spiritual psychology at University of Santa Monica! I know, you already WANT to know her right? I could continue on with her list of credentials but Rachel is one of those folks who settled into this valley and everyone immediately knew she was a part of the fabric that makes this place so special. (more…)
Ride Report: Evolution Bike Park/ Outerbike Test Trails
Evolution Bike Park has over 30 miles of singletrack in one of the tightest networks in the valley. Not only are many of the trails built specifically for riders, but many options exist with uphill trails, lift-served cross country, and several good options for flow. With Outerbike coming to town tomorrow through Sunday I figured it was a good idea to get out on the mountain, ride some trails I hadn’t touched, and bring back a report on the best trails for bike testing on the mountain. (more…)
#OneGoodRide Instagram Roundup August 2017
Summer has blown by and in the morning there’s a hint of chill in the air signifying the approach of fall. The wildflowers are still on point with huge blooms of fireweed and handlebar-high segments still holding strong in the alpine but time is running out to get some rides in before flower-season winds down and the leaves change.
This past month has been busy. We’ve hosted the Yeti Tribe Gathering and countless other riders all while trying to knock out as many Trailquest miles as we can. The next couple weeks will also be busy while Outerbike and the Big Mountain Enduro converge on Crested Butte August 18-20. If you happen to come to either event be sure to say hi if you see us hanging out at our tent!
Here’s our pick of the top 5 Instagram photos from this past month that used #OneGoodRide in their post. Give these folks a follow for some of the best mountain biking content from the Gunnison Valley.
@shredlymia is a proud Yeti owner and local ripper who you may recognize from our other Instagram Roundups. She loves her bike and was even more stoked to see the Yeti Tribe Gathering come to Crested Butte this year. This image is from one of the awesome group rides that happened over the course of the weekend. (more…)
Ride Report: Walrod, Doubletop, 409.5
While this post will be a ride report, it also opens up the debate into e-bikes. My brother-in-law, Brandon, was in town visiting from Dallas this last week and wanted to go mountain biking. Being a BMX rider, he has the technical skills and balance on a bike. Coming from Dallas, he lacks the adjustment to the altitude. I had the opportunity to take him on a ride with a full suspension HAIBIKE AllMtn 5.0 e-bike that is currently on loan to MTB Home.
For those that are not familiar with e-bikes, they are electric assisted bikes. They increase the output that a rider puts in with an electric motor. Some of the more die-hard folks feel that this is cheating. On the flip side, others say that it is an avenue for more people to enter the sport of mountain biking. One very contentious piece is whether e-bikes should be allowed on non-motorized trails.