The possibilities for recreation in Crested Butte are endless in summer. Our little mountain town offers festivals, wildflower hikes, peak hikes, fly fishing, climbing, river rafting…you get the point. Most importantly to us here at Big Al’s…and probably to you is world class MOUNTAIN BIKING!!! We have miles and miles of beautiful singletrack and jeep road for all abilities, and lift-served riding on the ski area if you want a little help on the climbs. Even if you are not coming to Crested Butte to mountain bike you will no doubt notice that we are a cycling centered town wether you are out riding trails, or just cruising around town, you are going to want to ride!
We are way up high in the mountains so the weather can be unpredictable to say the least. Afternoon thunder storms are a norm in Monsoon season which is generally late July and most of August. That being said our summer weather is generally mild and gorgeous. It rarely gets “hot”= above 80. Mornings and evenings are crisp and a long sleeve layer is usually a must. DO NOT RIDE IN THE THREAT OF LIGHTNING! Our rides start at 9000 feet and go up…there’s not much between you and that storm that just rolled in. Always carry a rain jacket when riding in the mountains…trust me the time you don’t you’ll wish you had…rain at 10,000 feet is always COLD! Oh, and please wear your sunscreen the sun is super intense here all year round.
The town of Crested Butte sits at 8,995 feet, and you ride up from here! Allow yourself time to acclimate and take it easy on day one if you are a true flatlander (you know who you are.) Many people have difficulty catching their breath walking a flight of stairs here, so don’t feel bad if it happens to you. Drink lots of water, fuel up with good food, get your rest and don’t drink too much beer after your ride and you will be just fine.
Crested Butte is surrounded by National Forest so camping opportunities abound. There are many dirt roads that go out various valleys in the area all of which have several designated camp sites. There is not one perfect spot to camp for the convenience of riding from camp the whole time you are here. Gothic Road is a good spot for riding Trail 401, 403 and Snodgrass. Brush Creek is good access for Strand, Ferris, Deer Creek and a few others. We recommend Slate River road for being close to town. In a nutshell, there’s good camping…it’s everywhere…but you may have to do some driving to get around.