5 Reasons to Attend Outerbike in Mt. Crested Butte

Pivot Firebird 29 near Baldy LakeOuterbike in Mt. Crested Butte is just a few short weeks away. Arguably the best bike demo in the universe, it’s also a great weekend to explore the mountains of Crested Butte.

Here are our top 5 reasons to make tracks for Mt. Crested Butte August 17-19, 2018.

3 Favorite Rides in the Needle Creek Trail Area

Once upon a time, my husband Frank and I thought we had ridden everything worth riding in and around Crested Butte /Gunnison. We’d ridden hundreds of miles of trails, and definitely found ourselves off the beaten path on numerous occasions. But, the TrailQuest Challenge showed us that we still had many more miles to explore, and we’ve been finding out that many of these miles are surely worth the ride.

Focused on trails near Gunnison Valley, TrailQuest originally began as a challenge to ride the 750+ miles of non-Wilderness trails that encompass a specific area. Since then, other smaller challenges have been created, like a Bike Week TrailQuest, a 4th of July Week TrailQuest, and an Outerbike Week TrailQuest. But the ultimate challenge is still the 750+ unique miles of non-Wilderness trails, which is likely a multi-year goal for most people. (more…)

Ride Report: Agate Creek

4th of july parade in crested butte4th of July 2018 started off like most others in Crested Butte. A bit of traffic, a funky and fresh parade, and then an escape into the backcountry. Shortly before the end of the parade, and before we got doused in the massive waterfight that ensues, my friend Shaw and I loaded our bikes and struck out for the Crest for a ride down Agate Creek.

An hour or so later we were dropping bikes at the top, and I drove the truck back down to set the shuttle with a short hitchhike. Once I locked up the truck it took all of five minutes for one of US 50’s many travelers to pull over and get me back to the top. Pretty spectacular, and some very nice people as well.

Ride Report: Hartman Rocks Season Opener 2018

Yes, Hartman Rocks has been open since March 15, but as hard as I’ve tried, it was only yesterday evening that I was able to squeak in a ride. The whole impetus for getting me down there was to shoot some video with Gunnison Trails’ executive director, Tim Kugler. So thank you Tim for giving me an excuse to duck away from the computer and put some miles in.

By the way, that video covers a whole lot in the realm of Hartman’s current closures, which trails are in good shape, and which ones you should avoid for a little while longer. If you’re interested, you can watch it below.


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.


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.

Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association/Gunnison-Crested Butte


#OneGoodRide Instagram Roundup September 2017

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.


@laurelelin instagram roundup

Long Live Long Rides: Crested Butte Edition

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.

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Photo Credit: Taylor Ahearn, Crested Butte Mountain Resort