One Good Ride

In the Gunnison Valley, we believe one good ride deserves another.

And another. And another. And another.

This season we set out to start the very lengthy process of documenting all 150+ mountain bike trails in the Gunnison Valley on video. Here it is, our #onegoodride list. A bucket list implies you’ll only ride each trail once. It’s unlikely that you can find a trail here that you won’t want to ride at least twice. Many you’ll want to tackle every season.

Trail 1: The Ridge Trail
Gunnison, CO

The Ridge Trail is one of those wonderful unexpected surprises you’ll find at Hartman Rocks. Get out on The Ridge for spectacular views of the city of Gunnison, Dos Rios Golf Club, and the Gunnison River below.

 

Trail 2: The Lower Loop
Crested Butte, CO

The Lower Loop is a spectacular trail network that literally abuts the town of Crested Butte. In fact, if accessed by the Woods Walk, there is a web of different access points from many streets. Locals tend to head out via whichever route is closest to their home. The Lower Loop is also the most beginner-friendly trail in the North Valley, with singletrack and two-track options. Don’t be surprised if you come upon future mountain bikers shredding the trail on their striders.

 

Trail 3: Meander
Mt. Crested Butte, CO

Evolution Bike Park is unique among bike parks in the Rocky Mountains for offering both a really nice progression of downhill trails as well as some of the best lift-served crosscountry riding you’ll find anywhere. Meander is a great example of that. It can be climbed or descended with roughly the same amount of effort due to its rolling character. It’s one of the best places in the valley for riding amongst handlebar-high corn lily (other than 401 of course). And it is the best way to connect the Bike Park trails to our crosscountry network. Ride the lift, then take Meander, to Snodgrass, the Lupine, to Lower Loop and you’ve put in a heck of a day on trail.

 

Trail 4: Doctor Park
Almont, CO

Earlier, when we mentioned that there are trails on this list (and in this Valley) that you’ll want to (need to?) ride every single year. Doctor Park may be top of that list. A California biker visiting for the Big Mountain Enduro finals in 2016 described this descent as one of the best trails he had ridden. Ever. Anywhere in the world. With a nearly six-mile downhill that ranges from technical, to fast and flowy, then to puckeringly exposed, we can’t argue with the statement that this trail is one of the top ones in the world. Put it on your list.

 

Trail 5: Lupine (1)
Crested Butte, CO

The Allen Ranching Family has long been a generous partner with local mountain bikers and land conservationists. The most recent example of that is the new Lupine Trail System in the Slate River Valley. Lupine 1 promises its namesake Lupine in June, and then beautiful flowers all summer long. The views are outstanding. And it’s one of our easier trails, so it’s great for beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Beginners may want to walk some of the exposed sections, but the flow on the downhills makes the climbing worth it. It seems like there are 50 ways to ride the Lupine. Check out our Lupine Loops ride report for some ideas on how to link this trail to others.

 


Trail 6: Psycho Rocks
Mt. Crested Butte, CO

Evolution Bike Park has a nice progression of downhill trails. You can start easy in the pump track at the base or with the likes of Primer and Awakening. Or, you can turn it up to 11 right off the bat and drop into Psycho Rocks. Running through a popular early-season cliff area for skiing, Psycho Rocks takes you over steep rock drops on narrow bridges. A full-face helmet and pads are highly recommended!

 

Trail 7: Warm Springs
Crested Butte, CO

While the East River Valley and Gothic are home to the world’s most famous mountain bike trail, the 401, the Cement Creek drainage 8 miles south of Crested Butte can lay claim to some of the best and least-crowded riding. Warm Springs is a fun little local’s rip that is known for a punishing climb up Walrod (one of the hardest road climbs you’ll ever do) and a steep, somewhat loose rip of a descent.

 

Trail 8: Graceland
Gunnison, CO

Graceland is part of a new set of trails built out at Hartman Rocks by Gunnison Trails in the last few years. It’s stunning and great for intermediate mountain bikers. Unlike most of Colorado’s desert riding, Hartman’s stays cool enough to ride almost every day of the summer. If you’re looking for an easier day to break up big climbing days farther north in the Gunnison Valley, we point you toward Graceland.

 

Trail 9: Rattlesnake
Gunnison, CO

If Graceland is Hartman’s offering for intermediate riders, Rattlesnake is made for tech fiends. In fact, if you ask a group of locals about the most technical ride in the Valley, Rattlesnake will get a mention 99% of the time. Rock features and committing lines more reminiscent of Moab than Crested Butte will offer challenge for even the best riders.

 

Trail 10: Strand Hill
Crested Butte, CO

Strand is a favorite of most people in the Valley. It’s a good climb, and a great descent, each of which offers some decent but not overwhelming challenges. It’s in a really beautiful part of the Brush Creek Valley. The flowers are often spectacular. It’s only 7 miles round-trip, so you can get out and do it after work. And, it’s also one of the first trails to melt out in the spring. When you get an early-season itch to ride, Strand is there, earning it a special place in our hearts.

Trail 11: Canal
Crested Butte, CO

Whether it’s for access to the far reaches of Brush Creek, or a finisher on your afternoon ride in the Strand Hill area, Canal Trail doesn’t disappoint. Smooth singletrack, beautiful wildflowers, and views for miles are included in a ride on Canal. Another great thing about Canal? You can ride it almost year round with winter fat bike grooming courtesy of the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.

Trail 12: Green Lake Trail
Crested Butte, CO

Green Lake Trail is a tough climb with a ripping descent right outside of downtown Crested Butte. A favorite after work special for ripping locals, we’re looking forward to the proposed connection to the Baxter Trail that will turn this from a hard out and back and an adventurous and hard loop!


Trail 13: Gunsight Connector
Crested Butte, CO

Gunsight Connector is one of the newer trails in the great Lupine system maintained in partnership with the Crested Butte Land Trust and the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Designed by the man himself, Doug Bradbury, and built in just a couple of volunteer days, Gunsight Connector is a swoopy trail through some of the prettiest forest around.


Trail 14: Happy Hour
Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte, CO

Happy Hour is another new trail that connects the trails at Evolution Bike Park, Crested Butte to the singletrack cross-country trail network that spills into downtown Crested Butte. It’s hard to beat a day in the Bike Park that ends downtown for apres.


Trail 15: Lupine (2)
Crested Butte, CO

It’s hard to pick a favorite, but we maintain that Lupine (2) may be one of the best downhills in the entire Gunnison Valley. It’s approachable, it has killer berms, and the youth mountain bike team, CB Devo, put in some really fun little jumps in the bottom this spring on National Trails Day.

Trail 16: Budd Trail
Crested Butte, CO

The Budd Trail is another one in the Lower Loop/Lupine system on Crested Butte Land Trust Land. More challenging than the rest of the Lower Loops, we love the climbs and the sweet berms on the way down.


Trail 17: KB Connector
Crested Butte, CO

The KB Connector offers another variation on the trails over in the Lower Loop system. It’s a spur trail that darts off from the Lower Loop doubletrack giving more advanced riders a slightly more challenging trail that hits the sweet spot between the beginner Lower Loop and the significantly harder Budd Trail.


Trail 18: Upper Loop
Crested Butte, CO

The Upper Loop was one of Crested Butte’s first trails to see rubber back in the day. Surprisingly technical for how close it is to town, this is definitely a local’s favorite for those who want a quick ride and challenging singletrack. Not only is it a great ride by itself, but it’s a great way to add singletrack to any ride out Brush Creek, or to connect into the Evolution Bike Park via the Happy Hour trail.

Trail 19: Tony’s
Crested Butte, CO

Tony’s is the connector trail that attaches the Upper Loop to the Town of Crested Butte. While it is short, it’s also spectacular. Fast singletrack, grand views, and the bar isn’t too far if you’re riding down to town. Give it a rip and see what you think.



 

Trail 20:Upper Lower Loop
Crested Butte, CO

Don’t let the name confuse you, the Upper Lower Loop is on the other side of town from the Upper Loop and is just one piece of the popular Lower Loop system. It’s fast, colorful, and the views of the Slate River valley will leave your jaw on the floor. Connect it into Budd Trail, KB Connector, or even the Lupines for a classic Crested Butte ride.

Trail 21: Luge
Gunnison, CO

Luge is a must-ride for any beginner biker in the valley. Take your kids, take your aunt, take the whole family! Not only is Luge a great beginner ride, located close to some of the other popular beginner trails at Hartman’s, but it’s a great way to connect trails like Josho’s and Skyline to the north side trails like Graceland.




Trail 22: V-Drop
Gunnison, CO

The “drop” starts right from the top. Buckle up! This is one of the most technical trails at Hartman Rocks. Steep slickrock lines, optional air, and a bomb of a rip down to the parking lot are just a little bit of what makes this one of our favorite trails in Gunnison. Bonus points if you watch a sunrise or sunset from the top before dropping in.

Trail 23: Ring Dike
Gunnison, CO

Loads of slickrock, fantastic views, and a smattering of spicy lines, Ring Dike is a must-do trail at Hartman Rocks. While it’s not part of the typical Hartman’s repertoire, it fits nicely with a ride on Rattlesnake, Josho’s, or both. Enjoy the views, but don’t take your focus off the lines for too long!




Trail 24: Broken Shovel
Gunnison, CO

Part of Evan’s Loop, along with Sea of Sage, is Broken Shovel. These two trails are some of the best beginner trails in the Hartman’s network. Flowy singletrack through pillars of granite, and a mellow grade make this trail a blast regardless of an uphill or downhill ride.

Trail 25: Josho’s
Gunnison, CO

Josho was Dave Wiens’ old dog, and a lucky dog he was to play his whole life in Hartman Rocks. Celebrate Josho’s spirit with a rip through another of our favorite Hartman’s trails. A bit of tech, a bit of speed, and diverse granite landscape all add flavor to this delightful piece of singletrack.




Trail 26: Becks
Gunnison, CO

At Hartman Rocks, Becks owns the bermalicious category of trails. Like it’s German Pilsner counterpart, Becks is an especially refreshing way to end a day of riding in Gunnison. Connect it into Notch or Collarbone for a truly banger finish to your ride.

Trail 27: Notch
Gunnison, CO

There’s a handful of options to descend into the main trailhead at Hartman’s and Notch may be the rowdiest of the bunch. From the drop-in to the parking lot you’ll find plenty of slickrock and views while you hang on for dear life all the way down.




Trail 28: Kids Trail
Gunnison, CO

Hartman's isn't just for the gnarheads or hardcore riders of the world. Kids Trail is one of the best trails we've ever seen for introducing your little one to the joys of bicycles. Strider friendly, kid approved.

Trail 29: Sea of Sage
Gunnison, CO

For the best beginner loop in Gunnison, look no further than Sea of Sage and Broken Shovel. Collectively known as Evan’s Loop, these two flowy trails wind through the sagebrush high on the Hartman Rocks plateau. With their central location, it’s not often that a ride in Hartman’s doesn’t include a lap on one of these two trails.




Trail 30: Technical Becks
Gunnison, CO

Sure it shares a name with regular ‘ol bermalicious Becks, but don’t let that fool you. This solid section of tech provides a fresh alternative to it’s cousin on the other side of the rock. End your day on it or tag it into the Gnar Loop (not our name) with Rattlesnake, Freefall, and The Notch.

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