Crested Butte Fat Biking: Recreation Path

In Fat Biking Guide by Eric Phillips

The Crested Butte Rec Path connects the town of Crested Butte to Mt. Crested Butte in a little over 4 miles. The path gets steep at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, leading to more challenging walking and biking. Ride it up get to the base area of the mountain, ride to the Snodgrass trailhead, cruise down to the Slate River, or into town to head to Elk Ave. The Rec Path is beautiful and accessible for nordic skiing and fat biking in the winter months.

Approx. Time45 minutes
Elevation Gain:450 ft
Groomed :Yes
RT Length2.2 miles
Snow Machine Traffic:None
Travel Time to TH:5 minutes

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From the town of Crested Butte, head North on Highway 135 (or 6th Street at it’s marked in town) towards Mt. Crested Butte. Turn right onto Gothic Ave. heading East towards Rainbow Park. At the end of Gothic Ave, the street turns left onto 9th Street. Once you turn left onto 9th Street the paved Rec. Path will be visible on the right. Park anywhere along 9th Street. Begin walking North along the Rec. Path towards Mt. Crested Butte. Map

From Mt. Crested Butte, access the Rec. path starting on the sidewalk in front of Treasury Liquors & The Store. Head south on the sidewalk towards the town of Crested Butte. Map


The trail is very obvious, as it is a groomed path from the town of Crested Butte up to Mt. Crested Butte.  You may turn around at any time during this ride to shorten the length. If you’re biking the path from Crested Butte to the base area, you can catch the free Mountain Express town bus back down the mountain, just check the route times on their website to time it right (they have bike racks). Or, take the bus up to the base area and ride the Rec. path back down! This trail is groomed courtesy of the CB Nordic Center, Please don’t ride in the nordic track and share the trail with cross country users.


This is a pet friendly trail, abide by the leash law at all times. Yield trail right of way to all others when hiking with your dog. Tread lightly on the trail to avoid damaging the ecosystem and remember to pack out all doggy doo.

Trail Map


Enjoying this trail? Help support the people who maintain it. Donate to the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association.