Crested Butte Fat Biking: Washington Gulch

In Fat Biking Guide by Eric Phillips

Washington Gulch is an active recreation corridor in the winter months. Enjoy views of Gothic Mountain as you ride through snow covered meadows. 

Approx. TimeAs desired
Elevation Gain:It goes up some
Groomed :User Compacted
RT LengthAs desired
Snow Machine Traffic:Yes
Travel Time to TH:5 minutes

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From the Town of Crested Butte, take Gothic Road (Route 135) north 1.75 miles. Turn left onto Washington Gulch Road and drive 2.4 miles. to signed TH and the dirt parking lot on the left.  Map


This trail sees lots of use form snowmobilers, skiers, snowshoers, walkers, and dogs. From the trailhead the road stays pretty mellow with a few climbs here and there as it makes it way towards the base of Gothic Mountain. After the meadow it heads into some aspen and pine and heads along the West side of Gothic Mountain. Past here the road continues to the Townsite of Elkton and here gets into avalanche terrain and steepens. We recommend turning around after the first 2.5 miles but turn around at any point to make your ride shorter. Ride back to the parking lot.


This is a user compacted trail and conditions may vary. 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.