Chasing Epic July 4th Trip Report

by Steve Mokan, Chasing Epic Owner

Crested ButteMountain Biker in a field of Sunflowers near Crested Butte, CO 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

Riders at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, CO Solo Rider at Hartman Rocks with dark clouds in the background Bikers outrunning a storm at Hartman's Mountain Biker with sunflowers Biker in a high alpine meadow south of Crested Butte, CO Biking on Strand near Crested Butte, Colorado

Thanks, Steve, for the trip report. If you want to go on one of Steve’s trips later in the summer, sign up at

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