by Steve Mokan, Chasing Epic Owner
Crested Butte over the 4th of July is about as good as it gets: an incredible town, amazing singletrack in a high-alpine environment, and the best 4th of July parade this side of Washington DC. We couldn’t have asked for a more fun trip… although dodging rain drops made things interesting!
Thanks to steady rain and occasional thunderstorms (and even a hail storm), we had to change our itinerary on the fly- but no worries, we made things work by heading down to Gunnison to ride world-famous Hartman Rocks on Day 2! When you have an option like that only 30 minutes down the valley, it makes for an incredible mix of mountain and high-desert riding.
I’ll let the photos do the talking, but here’s a quick rundown of what the riding looked like after we made a few adjustments to the schedule:
- Day 1: Lupine to Gunsight Connector to Lower Loop, 10 miles (“Once you’re completely saturated with water, you may as well keep going!”)
- Day 2: Hartman Rocks, 18 miles- we just scratched the surface of the trails in that area
- Day 3: Walrod Gulch to Point Lookout to 409 to Walrod Cutoff, 12 miles (and lots of climbing!)
- Day 3, Part 2: Meander to Westside to Happy Hour to Upper Loop to Tony’s, 8 miles
- Day 4: Strand Hill and Strand Bonus, 8 miles
The Good Part: Photos
Thanks, Steve, for the trip report. If you want to go on one of Steve’s trips later in the summer, sign up at chasingepicmtb.com.