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 4, 5 and 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!
Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Highlights
Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Dates
Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the Spring/Fall 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.
2017 Summer Tour Dates:
- June 18 to 23, 2017 Custom Road & MTB Tour – TOUR A GO!
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- June 23 to 26, 2017 3 or 4 Day Tour Available (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
This tour can be combined with our special June 28 Custom Mountain Bike itinerary that also includes Monarch Pass, the Colorado Trail, Telluride, the La Sal Mountains and Moab! See Itinerary
- July 2 to 7, 2017 (Book Now!)
- July 17 to 22, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR OPENED
2 riders needed to confirm departure. Our Colorado Trail MTB Tour is also offered on this date.
- July 25 to 27, 2017 3-Day Tour (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
- July 30 to August 4, 2017 (Book Now!)
- August 13 to August 18, 2017 (Book Now!)
Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Overview
Arrival/Departure Airport: Aspen, Gunnison, Montrose or Grand Junction, Colorado.
Meeting/Ending Location: Crested Butte
Tour Length: 6-Days Cycling
Average Miles: 15 to 30 miles per day, additional mileage options available. (Can I keep up on this tour?)
Ability Level: 2/3 (Intermediate to Advanced)
Camping or Lodging: Two versions of this tour are offered as follows:
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 $1000 per person. Tour includes: guide service, two nights lodging – one night in Crested Butte at Elk Mountain Lodge and one night lodging at the Limelight Hotel or the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. Three days of meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners). The camping option for this tour is $700 per person which includes one night of lodging and three days of meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners). Please inquire about dates and further information on this 3-day tour.
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!
Day 1 (Sunday): Crested Butte to Brush Creek Camp
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…
Day 2 (Monday): The 409 Trail to Double Top
Today is an out and back ride from Crested Butte on the 409 Trail up to Double Top.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Teocalli Mountain Loop
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.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Deer Creek Trail
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.
Day 5 (Thursday): Paradise Divide & Trail 403
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.
Day 6 (Friday): The 401 Trail
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.
Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Logistics & FAQs
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
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- Travel Medical
- Medical Evacuation
- 24/7 Assistance
- Trip Cancellation
Be sure to go to our custom Seven Corners portal by clicking this link or by clicking the the banner on the right after confirming your tour with us to get a quote on travel insurance.