Crested Butte Singletrack Mountain Bike Tour
 
101 Bobtail or Box 855, Ophir, CO 81426 Phone: 970.728.5891
Email: info@LizardHeadCyclingGuides.com

Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour

Lizard Head Cycling Guides is excited to offer the Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour in conjunction with our partners at Irwin Guides. The tour offers immensely beautiful, challenging and remote terrain in the Elk Mountains of south-central Colorado. This tour is available in 3 to 6-day options that roll along the singletrack CB’s locals love and IG’s team of expert guides know best. This tour does not fool around; it delivers prime singletrack, stellar campsites and the best swimming holes the Elk Mountains can serve up. Check out this VIMEO video from a recent Crested Butte tour!

Of course the trip was wonderful! My motto has always been “work hard, play hard,” and these types of adventures are the perfect examples of both. Great riding, great food and lodging, and great companionship. Thank you so much for taking such good care of us. Looking forward to planning next year. – Bruce

Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Highlights

Amazing singletrack high above Crested Butte

The Elk Mountains of COlorado

The Elk Mountains of Colorado

Downtown Crested Butte, Colorado

Downtown Crested Butte, Colorado

The singletrack awaits!

The singletrack awaits!

View of East River Valley from the trail

The East River Valley near Crested Butte

Riding the singletrack high above Crested Butte

5 Friends and I just spent 7 days on a custom MTB tour in the high country of Crested Butte which eventually ended at Purgatory Mountain resort. Chuck and Dave (Super Dave as we called him) were exceptional guides, they were attentive to all of our needs. They were experts on the trail systems and were a wealth of knowledge on the local area. (We even received astronomy lessons from Chuck most evenings ). Of particular note, the food for the entire trip was second to none. The ingredients were fresh, high quality and were outstanding always. you will not go hungry on a Lizard Head tour. The custom tour that was arranged for us was unbelievable and the best single track riding we have ever ridden. You can’t get views like we experienced without going out into the high country. This trip was definitely worth it and was “bucket list” worthy. Thanks to Lizard head and again to Chuck and “Super” Dave for the best 7 days of mountain biking we have ever had. – Scott N.

Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2018 Crested Butte MTB Tour Dates:

  • June 17 to 22, 2018 6-Day Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
  • June 24 to 29, 2018 6-Day Road & MTB Tour (Book Now!)
  • June 24 to 29, 2018 Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, 6, or 12 Day Tours Are Available
  • July 1 to 6, 2018 6-Day Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
  • July 8 to 13, 2018 6-Day Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
  • July 15 to 20, 2018 6-Day Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
  • July 22 to 27, 2018 Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, or 6 Day Tours Are Available
  • July 29 to August 3, 2018 Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, or 6 Day Tours Are Available
  • August 5 to 10, 2018 Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, or 6 Day Tours Are Available
  • August 12 to 17, 2018 Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, or 6 Day Tours Are Available
  • September 16 to 21, 2018 Lodge Based Singletrack Tour (Book Now!)
    3, 4, or 6 Day Tours Are Available

Thank you for putting together the CB custom tour. Emily and Michael did a great job. I haven’t seen Jeff in over 12 years and enjoyed riding with him again. It is a wonderful group. – Lynn

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Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Overview

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Arrival/Departure Airport: Aspen, Gunnison, Montrose or Grand Junction, Colorado.

Meeting/Ending Location: Crested Butte

Tour Length: 3, 4 or 6-Days Cycling

Average Miles: 15 to 35 miles per day, additional mileage options available. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Ability Level: 2/3 (Upper-Intermediate, Advanced to Expert)

Camping or Lodging: Two versions of this tour are offered as follows:

Camping Based Tour Cost:
$1,550 per person (6-Day) // $1,150 per person (4-Day) // $995 per person (3-day). Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more. Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Tour Includes: 3, 4 or 6 days of guide service, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

 

Lodging Based Crested Butte Singletrack Tour Cost:
$1,950- per person (6-Day)// $1,695 per person (5-Day)//; or $1490- (4-Day)
Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more. Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.Lodging Based Tours Include: 5, 4, or 3 nights of lodging at Elk Mountain Lodge in downtown Crested Butte, guide service, all meals except 1 dinner, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Bike rental of 2017 Scott Spark 27.5 PLUS bikes is $125-. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental ($125-) and massage therapy are additional.

 

Private Tours: For a private camping or lodge based tour the rider minimum is 8 riders or the paid equivalent of 8 riders. Private tours include 5 or 6 nights of lodging, 5 or 6 days of guide service, all meals, bike rental, camping gear, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages and massage therapy are additional.

Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides rents 2017 Scott Spark PLUS bikes (a.k.a. Mid-Fat Bikes). The Scott Spark bikes are 27.5 inch wheeled bike with 3 inch tires. Sizing includes Small, Medium, Large and XL. MTB bike rental is $250. Bikes come equipped with tubeless tires, pump, tube, tire iron and saddle bag.

Rental Tent, Ground Pad and Sleeping Bag $85: Lizard Head Cycling offers late model camping gear rentals. The rental tent is a 3-person Sierra Design tent (sleeps 2 comfortably). The ground pads are 1.5 inches thick and our synthetic sleeping bags are rated for 20 degrees (so you’ll feel warm & comfy in the Colorado Wilderness). **Al la Carte tent rental is $55.

The Daily Schedule

On your Crested Butte tour we either camp or lodge in the beauty of Crested Butte, the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. For meals we source our favorite local restaurants for dinner and our favorite coffee/breakfast shops for breakfasts where the people watching is entertaining. Each morning before riding out of town we put out a lunch table with assortment of nuts, cheeses, breads, deli meats, fruit and local snacks for you to pack for enjoyment later along the trail.

Crested Butte/Pearl Pass 3-Day MTB Tour

This is a 3-day long weekend mountain bike ride from Crested Butte to Aspen and back. Minimum rider number is four and the cost $1200 per person. The Pearl Pass Tour includes: two nights lodging – one night in Crested Butte at the Elk Mountain Lodge and one night lodging in Aspen, three days of meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners) and guide service.

The Pearl Pass Tour’s camping option is $995- per person which includes one night of lodging; 2-nights of camping and three days of meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners). Tour runs July through September. Please contact us to let us know dates and to inquire further about this classic tour.

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Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 0 (Saturday): Arrival in Colorado

Arrive in Crested Butte, Colorado and meet Lizard Head Cycling Guides to fit bikes, enjoy a summer cocktail and get psyched for the riding to come!

Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte, Colorado

Day 1 (Sunday): Crested Butte to Brush Creek Camp
15 to 25-Miles

From Crested Butte we join the Upper-Loop Trail which will be followed to the Upper-Upper Loop Trail and then the Whetstone Vista Trail before a descent to the Brush Creek Valley. At the Veltri family spring we will fill our water bottles with sweet spring water before riding through the flowers and fast flowing singletrack of Strand Hill and Ferris Creek. This evening settle into a camp under the aspen trees with a campfire and dinner under the stars. The fun has begun…

The Whetstone Vista trailhead

The Whetstone Vista trailhead

Brush Creek

Brush Creek

The fast flowing singletrack of Strand Hill and Ferris Creek

The fast flowing singletrack of Strand Hill and Ferris Creek

Day 2 (Monday): The 409 Trail to Double Top
22-Miles out & back from Brush Creek Camp

Today is an out and back ride from Crested Butte on the 409 Trail up to Double Top.

Mount Crested Butte

Enjoying the singletrack through the aspen trees

Sunrise over the Anthracite Mountain Range

Sunrise over the Anthracite Mountain Range

Day 3 (Tuesday): Teocalli Mountain Loop
25-Miles Roundtrip from Brush Creek Camp

13,209-foot Teocalli Mountain rises up at the north end of the Brush Creek Valley and is an impressive sight to behold. The Teocalli Ridge Singletrack wraps up the side of this peak and it is guaranteed to take your breath away. The riding starts on double-track up, alongside, and through the picturesque West Brush Creek. The route passes near beaver dams and alongside fields of verdant wildflowers. This climbing continues until reaching the base of the climb! Here is where the real climbing of Teocalli Mountain begins before culminating at 11,300 feet. If you are up for a summit experience, the option of hiking to Teo’s summit exists. The wild and technical downhill from Teo takes riders back to our camp in the Brush Creek valley.

Teocalli Ridge Singletrack

Teocalli Ridge Singletrack

Water crossing on the West Branch Creek

Water crossing on the West Branch Creek

Teocalli Mountain

Teocalli Mountain

Day 4 (Wednesday): Deer Creek Trail
20-Miles to Gothic Camp

Today you’ll ride the Deer Creek trail up the East River Valley. Deer Creek is a remote, non-motorized singletrack trail that challenges cyclists with steep climbs and twisty switchbacks. This trail is truly a Crested Butte classic with views that showcase Crested Butte ski area and majestic Gothic Mountain. At trail’s end you will ride into the old mining town of Gothic. At its height the town once supported a population of nearly 8,000 and had several hotels, multiple brothels, numerous saloons, a smelter, three sawmills, a public school and a dancehall. Today, Gothic is home to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and supports several hundred in the summers, but only a few hardy souls during the long winters. Camp for the next two evenings will be in the upper East River Valley.

Gothic Mountain

Gothic Mountain

View from the Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Singletrack

Deer Creek Singletrack

Day 5 (Thursday): Paradise Divide & Trail 403
21 to 25-Miles back to Gothic Camp

This is Colorado, the most elevated state in the nation. Today’s ride showcases an above treeline landscape with mountains stretching to the horizon. Climbing from our camp at 9,600 feet in the East River Valley we’ll ride through Elko Park, past waterfalls, and between Cinnamon and Baldy Peaks before lunch at Paradise Divide (11,372 feet). At Paradise Divide there is a sweet swimming pond with the coldest water imaginable. Jump in and emerge truly refreshed! The 403 singletrack is the reward for the climb. 403 dives down among shoulder high corn lilies and through a blur of colorful wildflowers before delivering cyclists back to camp. Once back in camp go for a swim, fly fish the East River or put in some bonus miles in the valley.

Paradise Divide

Paradise Divide

Enjoying the summer flowers and majestic scenery

The 403 Trail

The 403 Trail

The singletrack of Trail 403

Miles and miles of flowing singletrack…

Day 6 (Friday): The 401 Trail
25-Miles back Gothic Camp

Crested Butte’s 401 Trail (a.k.a. the 40-“Fun”) is so good you may want to ride it twice. From camp we climb beneath Gothic Mountain and past Emerald Lake to 10,709-foot Schofield Pass. From Schofield we leave the dirt road and climb steeply on singletrack gaining 700-feet before emerging to an alpine meadow filled with abundant wildflowers. The meadow is a good place for a rest and lunch with views of the 14,000 foot Maroon Bells towards Aspen. The 401 descent is a blur of color from shoulder high wildflowers and towering mountains. There are above treeline sections, aspens and stream crossings. Don’t fight this descent… let it take you on a ride. At trail’s end we’ll ride back up to Mt. Crested Butte and descent singletrack back to Crested Butte.

Along the 401 Trail

Along the 401 Trail

Singletrack on the Wagon Trail

Singletrack on the Wagon Trail

Schofield Pass

Schofield Pass

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Meals Guides in camp will prepare all meals. Meals include: Dutch oven lasagna, wild salmon, grilled chicken, salads, quinoa, fruits and lots of seasonal veggies. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.

Ride Difficulty This custom tour is designed for Intermediate/Advanced cyclists with various levels of fitness. Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders.

Tour Support A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment will support this tour. On the remote singletrack trails cyclists ride with their lunch and water in their packs.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.