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.

 

Follow #OneGooodRide

Join us as we document all 150+ trails and 750+ miles of singletrack mountain bike trails we have in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley over the next several years.

Find trails to add to your list. Discover new trails you haven’t heard of before and be reminded of old favorites. We are so much more than just the 401. That being said, you should put the 401 on your list, too.

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