The Crested Butte Mountain Biking Guide

In Biking Guide by Kryptonite Creative

Starting in May and stretching through October, the Crested Butte mountain biking is easily some of the best in the world. Our two wheeled mecca sits in the heart of the Elk Mountain Range of the Colorado Rockies. Crested Butte is home to a number of valleys that present the unique ability to link many different types of trails, paths, and roads.

Don’t miss Crested Butte Bike Week happening June 20 – 24th, 2018. Races, clinics, parties, rides and more!

“We have over 750 miles of the sweetest singletrack in the world!!” – Dave Ochs
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The guide below was created to help you choose the best Crested Butte mountain bike rides within a number of categories: Type, Location, Difficulty, Distance, Elevation, Time, and Features.

Sort the guide by clicking on the category in the table header. All trail guides are mobile friendly, so feel free to take some screenshots or print out the directions (there is rarely cell service on the trails).

TrailAreaDifficultyMileageApprox. TimeGain (feet)Features
Woods Walk - Lower LoopTownEasy9.02 hours650M, W
Brush Creek TrailBrush CreekEasy4.31 hour315W
Tony's - Divine - Deli LoopTownEasy6.31.5 hours386A, M
Wagon TrailKebler PassEasy9.02 hours650A, M, W
Lower Cement Creek TrailCement CreekEasy4.31 hour342M, W
Teocalli TrailBrush CreekStrenuous17.43 hours2,611A, M, W
401Gothic ValleyStrenuous13.62.5 hours2,398A, M, W
Dyke TrailKebler PassStrenuous13.73 hours2,334A, M, W
Doctors ParkTaylor ValleyStrenuous19.33 hours2,702A, M, W
Reno-Flag-Bear-DeadmanCement CreekStrenuous193 hours3,326A, M, W
Strand HillBrush CreekModerate9.21.5 hours1039A, M, W
Snodgrass MountainTownModerate9.11.5hours1044A, M, W
Lupine TrailSlate River ValleyModerate10.71.5 hours906A, M, W
Recreation PathTownModerate4.630 minutes428M, W


Mountain Biking Map

Some important guidelines for mountain biking to keep in mind:

  • Uphill bikers, hikers, and horseback riders ALWAYS have the right-away on any trail
  • Consider riding with others in case of an emergency
  • Please do not ride off of bike trails

Trail signs will be crucial for some rides that are not so straightforward. Not all trails will have them though, so familiarize yourself with maps of your designated ride beforehand, especially taking into consideration of trail junctions, looped rides, and there-and-backs.

Take a look at our maps above and then consider downloading the MTB Project app to have offline during your ride!


Important gear to gather before your ride:

  • Play it safe by bringing extra tire tubes, tire tools, and a handheld pump in case of a flat
  • Hydration and food, which are key for both short and long rides

What is open? Check in with the oldest mountain bike association in the world, Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), which updates their website with current trail conditions daily to keep you in the know. CBMBA has continued to maintain and build new trails every year. If you’re interested in volunteering, visit their website.

Featured Event

Crested Butte Bike Week

  • June 20th – 24th, 2018
  • MTB Clinics • Guided Rides • Races
  • Discounted Early Race Registration

Event Info

Where else do you find the oldest mountain bike festival in the world, but right here in Crested Butte, Colorado. After all, this is birthplace of the sport and another opportunity to showcase our legendary trails and scenery. Not a mountain biker? All good! This family friendly celebration welcomes riders of every level with all types of bikes.