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Ride Report: The Iconic 401

The iconic 401, a mountain biker’s dream! The scenery on this trail will definitely take your breath away (if the elevation and climb haven’t already done that). Mind-blowing vistas and wildflowers as far as the eye can see are what you should expect from this classic Crested Butte ride.

Ride Report: Matchless+Dr. Park

The day didn’t start as planned. My buddy Shaw met me at my house in CB South at 8am with the initial plan to ride Crystal Peak/400/Block and Tackle/Doubletop/Hunter Creek. I figured this was my best bet to rack up a ton of Trailquest miles. 45 minutes after we left my house Shaw came to… Read more »

Ride Report: Green Lake Trail

Green Lake Trail is one of the closest trails to the town of Crested Butte. Access is directly behind the Big Mine Ice Arena at the end of Belleview Ave. Be prepared for a long and arduous uphill battle. Starting at 8890’ in town, winding switchbacks with a consistent pitch take you up to 10600’… Read more »

Ride Report: The 409s

top of 409.5 descent

One of the funny things about Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley is that there are so many trails that many of them don’t even have proper names. Instead, they get numbers. The most famous of the numbered trails in the Valley are the 401 and the 403 (ride them in succession and we call it “804”)…. Read more »

Ride Report: Cement Creek

view from 409, walrod cutoff intersection

Cement Creek is often one of the first north valley locations to melt out during the summer. Due to its location a few miles south of the main range, it generally receives less snow than other areas even just a little bit north. This past year has been a bit of an exception though. At… Read more »

Ride Report: Lupine Trail

The opening of Lupine marks the start of riding on the north end of the Gunnison Valley. With South/Southwest facing aspects, the full exposure of the sun melts off the snow and makes way for flowers. Spring has been super busy for me this year. The chaos of life sometimes blurs what is important. A… Read more »

Ride Report: Aberdeen Loop

Tom climbing up Bambi's Trail at Hartman Rocks, Gunnison

Going into the summer, I had a few rides on my bucket list. Aberdeen was one of them. In late May, I started to hear the flowers were going off down there so it moved to the top of my list. Aberdeen is much more remote feeling than a lot of the riding at Hartman’s…. Read more »

Ride Report: #ThrowbackThursday to Strand with Rhodes

Rhodes posing at the top of Strand Hill

The air was so clear that distant mountains stood right before me. The September sky appeared perfectly blue. Crisp, yellow Aspen leaves colored the hills and mountainsides. The Decision In spite of an overflowing inbox and lengthy to-do list, I said to myself “we’re going for a big ride this evening!” At that moment I… Read more »

Ride Report: Fat Bike Hut Trip

maroon hut fat bike trip night

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… Read more »

Chasing Epic Fall Trip Report

fall mountain biker in crested butte

Last 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.