Crested Butte mountain biking

  • September 5, 2013 · 5:15 PM
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Crested Butte offers some of the sweetest singletrack anywhere, stunning mountain scenery, and the cutest little old mining town that you can imagine. During the final days summer it is all the more enjoyable when the tourists are gone, the weather is crisp and refreshing, and the fall colors come alive. This trip will make the most of a 3-day weekend, hitting a few classic trails, and combining low-cost and convenient car camping with luxuries like dinner in town (and even showers!). The general plan is to drive there on Thursday evening, camp, bike a lot on Friday and Saturday, and do a final ride on Sunday morning that is on the way out of town. If you are going to the CHAOS Potluck on 8/22 I would be happy to talk with you more about this trip.

Here some more details.

What to bring:
This trip is self-catering and all participants should be self-sufficient with their own gear, food and any other needs.
-bike gear (bike in good mechanical condition, spare tubes, pump, basic tools, bike lock, helmet, etc.)
-a means to carry plenty of water, food, and extra clothes on a long (~4+hr) ride
-camp/trail food (camp breakfasts for Fri & Sat; extra snacks/energy bars; trail lunches for Sat & Sun; lunch in camp on Fri. Please have your breakfast & lunch food ready at camp so we don’t have to waste time diverting to town before the ride.)
-good map (useful Crested Butte maps are made by SingleTrack Maps and SkyTerrain)
-camp gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, headlamp, stove/fuel, etc). If we snag a spot in the tiny Gothic campground, we’ll have an outhouse and clean water, but just in case we stay at a more primitive site, bring a water filter, some spare TP and a small shovel.
-clothes (keep in mind: September nights in the mountains can be quite chilly) - you’ll also want to be able to carry extra layer(s) on the rides.
-money for a few meals, campsite fees (TBD), and gas

Driving:
When you sign up or comment, please indicate if you want to drive or need a ride. Also indicate how many bikes and people your vehicle can accommodate. We can work out the rest of the details at a later point. If you don’t want to leave at the suggested meetup time or place, that is fine, but plan to be at the campsite and ready to ride both Fri and Sat by 8ish. Coming and joining us on Friday night is an option, but taking off work would be totally worth it!!

Rough schedule:
Thursday: Depart Boulder after work. We’ll stop for a quick dinner in Salida or Buena Vista. We’ll drive to Crested Butte and on to Gothic. Set up camp a few miles north of Gothic.
Friday: Ride the 401 in the morning. We’ll then return to camp and have a leisurely lunch. Then we’ll drive or bike to town, explore the town for a bit, then ride the Lower Loop or Green Lake before taking showers at the hostel, eating dinner, and returning to camp.
Saturday: Ride(s) TBD, we could ride the big 18-mile Reno/Flag/Bear loop or string together shorter rides such as Upper Loop, Strand Hill, Lupine, Snodgrass, and/or 403. Either way we can’t go wrong. Showers & Dinner in town before returning to camp.
Sunday: Pack up camp, grab a bite to eat at a bakery in town, then head over to Doctor Park. After our third epic ride, it’ll be time to drive back to Boulder via Cottonwood Pass, with a quick food stop in Buena Vista.

Ride descriptions: There are many Crested Butte ride descriptions readily found online. I have done 401, Doctor Park, Lower Loop, Upper (Upper) Loop, and Dyke. This trip is as much about enjoying the mountains as it is about biking, so don’t expect anything hard-core. We will stop a lot and not drop anyone. But you should be a fit intermediate rider who can be out riding for several hours, handle exertion (climbing) at high altitudes (10000+ feet), and be prepared for mountain weather.

Disclaimer: As with any CHAOS trip, you are responsible for your own safety and well-being. The meetup and the trip organizers are not liable for anything that happens to you.

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  • Brian C.

    It was a awesome trip! A highlight of the summer and a must repeat! Thanks Dave for all your planning efforts and good company!

    September 8, 2013

  • Kira

    Hi all... I thought a message was sent yesterday... Perhaps it didn't go through... Dave (with the Beard) and I are not going to be able to make it. I hope you two have fun!

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Dave S

    I can bump it back a bit...better late than never. Let's see if we hear from anyone else before deciding the final meet location. I live and work in S Boulder.

    September 5, 2013

    • Brian C.

      I called Dave... will see. keep you posted.

      September 5, 2013

    • Brian C.

      ...that is let a message.

      September 5, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Work is giving me issues: they might not let me go early today. If so I wouldn't be able to leave work till 5pm. Bumping it to 6:00 -6:15pm i could meet at vics. I work at IBM by Bunbarrel and commute by bike.... Dave do you work in out in longmont? do you have a bike rack and could pick me up?
    I will let you know things change.

    Sorry for the issues,
    [masked]

    September 5, 2013

  • Dave S

    I've got the maps. I'll be there approx. 5:15 with room for 3.

    September 5, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Do we have enough maps. should I get one?

    September 4, 2013

  • Dave S

    I made it officially 5:15 so hopefully we can leave by 5:30ish. Bearded Dave, can you confirm that you are showing up then able to drive or are you thinking of some other plan?

    September 4, 2013

  • Brian C.

    The cushion of 5:30 would help. Sorry, trying to see what I can do with work. Thanks

    September 4, 2013

  • Dave S

    I have a "travel size" version of the chain tool. Does anyone need to make it 5:30 or should we stick with 5? I can go either way. It's a long drive so it's nice to get underway sooner rather than later, but 30 mins does not make too much difference.

    September 4, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Does anyone have the tool for fixing chains?

    September 4, 2013

  • Brian C.

    I am going to try to get out of work early, but I might be a few minutes late.

    September 3, 2013

  • Dave S

    It's going to be a nice weekend. The weather outlook is for a drying trend. With a group of 4 we'll want two cars. Based on passed experience, I'm expecting that me and Bearded will be driving. I've been on trips with you all before and trust you to get it all together, so I can't think of anything else to add. If you have any questions, leave a comment or email me offline.

    September 2, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Looks like I am a go! I am really excited about this trip. My birthday is that Saturday...couldn't think a better way to spend it. I will have to make sure my bike is up to shape

    August 28, 2013

  • Dave S

    hi Brian, This trip is going to rock! Hope you can make it. I'll bring a floor pump to keep in the car and a smaller pump for the trail that you can use if needed.

    August 27, 2013

  • Brian C.

    My pump isn't as good as it use to be, it there one I could barrow?

    August 27, 2013

  • Brian C.

    I am seeing if I can get the time off.

    August 27, 2013

  • Brian C.

    This looks like a great trip. too bad I work :( heard great thing about Crested Butte.

    August 23, 2013

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