One of the most amazing features of Crested Butte are the miles and miles of trails that fan out in every direction from the center of town. We have trails for all abilities here and at Big Al’s we can get you headed in the right direction. In addition to the riding in our back country Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers great lift-served riding for both XC style and serious Down Hill/Free-ride style riding. A good map and Guidebook are recommended if you are planning on riding in Crested Butte and can be purchased in our on-line in our Store or at the shop when you get here. Also, visit www.CBMBA.org for current trail conditions, maps, and trails descriptions.
Trail 401 is our most iconic trail here in CB, it is what you’ve heard about, read about and seen pictures of. It is a must do for your first time in CB.
The ride is a 14.4 mile loop (2-3 hours) from the Copper Creek Trailhead, or a 33.4 mile loop (3.5- 6 hours) from town.
This trail requires high aerobic effort and is rated in difficulty and technical difficulty as Advanced Intermediate.
The elevation gain on this ride from the Copper Creek Trailhead is 2,180, it tops out at 11,350.
In big snow years this trail will not be open as a loop until July, check with us if you are traveling here before then.
This is a great shorter ride if done from the parking area out Brush Creek road, or there are a few other options for getting there with varying difficulty both technically and aerobically to make it a longer ride. The climb up Strand Hill has two options either up some single track and then a small bit of road or right up the road to the top. The all Single track descent will put a smile on any riders face with it’s smooth, fast track winding you through beautiful aspen forest.
The ride from town is a 18 mile loop (2-3 hours) or about a 9 mile loop (1-2 hours) from the Brush Creek Trailhead.
The aerobic effort is moderate after you get up 1.5 miles of steep climbing. The difficulty rating is intermediate.
This is a local’s favorite early morning or evening ride and is great for a stepping stone up to a longer day on the bike.
Day One at 9000 feet? Novice rider in the group? Kids learning to ride? Looking for a fast and fun quikie? This is your ride.
The Lower Loop is Crested Buttes beginner ride, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring. It’s great ,buff, fast, singletrack with incredible views.
You can ride right from the shop or from anywhere in town for this one. The trail shoots right off the northern end of town out the Peanut Lake Road. There are a variety of loop options in the Lower Loop system to satisfy both beginner and more advanced riders.