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
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!!
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.