Cycling: Crested Butte to Kebler Pass
Riding from Crested Butte up Kebler Pass is short enough to include as part of a longer ride or good for quick hour ride that’ll get you sweating. Part pavement, part dirt, and all fun.
|Highlights:||Aspen, Dirt Climb|
|RT Mileage:||7 miles|
|Elevation Gain:||1,044 feet|
|Max Elevation:||9,996 feet|
|Steepest Grade:||Very Short 10%+ pitches|
Depending on the season and timing, this road can receive a lot of traffic. The dirt is usually in great shape for road bikes and this is the descending route for stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge.
From town, take Whiterock Avenue west until it turns into Kebler Pass road. Ascend the steep, winding road as it takes you above Crested Butte right away. This is the steepest part of the climb. A few miles up the road turns to packed dirt, which is typically in good shape. After a couple of miles of dirt, pavement returns and takes you all the way to the summit.
For longer rides, you can continue further over the summit where the pavement ends shortly thereafter. The roads through Kebler Pass are typically a bit rougher. Another option is to turn around at the summit and head back to the Lake Irwin junction. Take a left up some rougher dirt roads and bear left at the fork. Ascend 2.5 miles to the lake, where dramatic mountain views will greet you.