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This is a great single-track trail west of Crested Butte. It can be ridden as a loop, which will make for about six miles of single-track and nine miles of road. The trail starts out near tree-line, descends thru conifer forest for a mile or so, and the remainder is in ancient aspen forest. The first few miles are great; you have lots of twisty turns down thru forest and meadows. The ride is fun, the scenery is great, the wildflowers are as good as you will find anywhere in the Crested Butte area. Some of the stream crossings have steep banks, so be prepared to get off and walk. After about three miles there is also a short section of steep climbing as you round the end of the Dyke ridge and then you coast the rest of the way down to the road. In the fall the foliage is stunning. If you like to camp there is plenty of camping in and around the Lake Irwin campground. The road can be a real drag to ride, especially if the weather has been dry since it will be a dustbowl from all the cars going by. If you donít want to chew dust for nine miles a shuttle wouldnít be a bad idea when there has been prolonged dry weather.
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