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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!

Crested Butte Singletrack MTB Tour: Highlights

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

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 (8 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2017 Crested Butte MTB Tour Dates:

    • June 18 to 23, 2017 – Custom Road & MTB Tour in Crested ButteTOUR A GO!
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    • June 25 to 30, 2017 (camping)- 3, 4 or 6-Day Tours Are Available on This Date (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO!
      * NOTE: All tour length options start on the same day. This 6-Day tour can be combined with our special June 28 to July 6th Custom Mountain Bike Tour to create a 12-Day tour that includes Crested Butte, Telluride, the La Sal Mountains and Moab! There are already 7 riders signed up for this 12-Day tour.
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    • July 17 to 22, 2017 (camping):  3, 4 or 6 Day Tour (Book Now!) – – TOUR A GO!
      * NOTE: All tour length options start on the same day.
    • July 23 to 28, 2017 3, 4 or 6 Day Tour (Book Now!) –
    • July 30 to August 4, 2017 3, 4 or 6 Day Tour (Book Now!)

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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 30 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

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 Tour

Tour Cost: $2,095 per person (6-Day) / $1,895 per person (5-Day). Group discount of 5% for groups of 4 or more. Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Lodging Based Tour Includes: 5 nights of lodging at Elk Mountain Lodge in downtown Crested Butte,  6 days of guide service, all meals, forest service fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, bike rental 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.

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

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

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

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Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides teams up with Seven Corners for travel insurance. Seven Corners offers:

  • 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.