Crested Butte Fat Biking: Slate River

In Fat Biking Guide by Eric Phillips

The Slate River Valley is one of the most iconic valleys in Crested Butte. Looking for a beautiful ride look no further. Ride up the Slate and enjoy views of the picturesque Mineral Point.  

Approx. Time2 hours
Elevation Gain:500 ft
Groomed :User Compacted
RT Length8 miles
Snow Machine Traffic:Yes
Travel Time to TH:10 minutes

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From the Town of Crested Butte: Take Gothic Road (135) north 0.8 miles to Slate River Road (734). Turn left and drive 2.6 miles up the valley. Just past Nicholson Lake (and the marmot crossing sign) is the trailhead where the road ends.  Map


This easy trail starts from the parking area and follows the slate river road as it makes its way into the slate valley. Follow the road  up a gentle grade for about 4 miles to the townsite of Pittsburg. Anything past here gets into steep avalanche terrain and is not recommended. This trail sees regular use by backcountry travelers, skiers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers. As always respect other users and pack out trash and dog poop. 

Trail Map & Profile


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