Lupine Trail

4.57 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 700 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The Lupine Trail is almost exactly 2 miles one-way. If you rode it as an out-and-
back, it would be a 4 mile route. Looping it from town is at least that much,
probably a bit more.

This is a brand-new trail that was just constructed by CBMBA. As of this writing,
it is so new that it is not on a single map and the trail signs consist of laminated
computer paper on little stakes in the ground. This trail is about as fresh as they

It's an excellent ride, too. This little 2 mile trail incorporates a little bit of
everything including swoopy descending in a classic CB meadow, turns through
the aspens, beautifully bench-cut singletrack with some very serious exposure,
and a section of awesome bermed turns allowing you to just rip through that
section of the descent! The bottom of the trail is a little bit of a buzz kill with a
boring gravel road and 3 cattle gates to open AND CLOSE, but after the
excellent ride up above, it's hard to complain!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ August 12, 2011
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (7)

September 3, 2014
Review: As a flatlander this was an outstanding trail close to town as a bit of an intro to some of the more classic trails like 401. Best way to access Lupine is at the trailhead on top of Saddle Ridge Road which is marked. From there it's a roller coaster of gradual climbs and fast descents (more descents if starting at noted trailhead). Open meadows, edge of hillsides, and through the aspens. It's a short ride and once you descend to the end you come out to a road. Take a right and continue on dirt road until there is a shortcut to the left about a mile down which leads you to a bridge over Slate river. Continue passed bridge until you see a sign for lower and upper lower loop. I liked continueing onto upper lower loop which followed the Oh-be-joyful creek (rapids), then up high overlooking the Slate river valley toward town. I'm not much of a climber and actually liked this trail connected to the upper lower loop more than 401.

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August 18, 2014
Review: I got 8 stitches on this trail but would go back in a heartbeat! The most amazing views you'll find in CO

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August 13, 2014
Review: They have expanded this trail and it is almost 4 miles. This trail is hard to find, tucked away off Saddle Ridge Road. You'll want to start on this end unless you want to climb up switchbacks. It is curvy, flowy fun for a couple miles and then you have to continue on a boring fire road. The scenery is still good. The section after the fire road is a blast though. You're then dumped out onto Slate River Road. You can try to find your way to Lower Loop trail or go back downtown.

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August 21, 2012
Review: This is a great trail that is usually tacked on to other rides in the area down around town and up on the mountain. Depending on what direction you come from it can be a tough climb or an easier ride. Coming from west to east you gain elevation over a number of switchbacks that climb a good bit. After about 10 minutes of tough climbing the trail flattens out and takes you into some aspen groves. The scenery is great, and can be a little intimidating for a beginner because it is cut into the side of a steep hill. The trail weaves through the trees and open hillside before dumping you out on pavement about halfway between town and the resort.

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August 5, 2012
Review: Beautiful trail. Aspen groves opening into great views. One of the prettiest trails I've ridden. Not very technical, but since it's all built onto a pretty steep mountainside, there is some danger there for a nervous beginner. I would give it a 5 if it was a little longer and a complete loop. But, we rode it as a counter-clockwise loop with the Lower Loop trail, and riding up the road from Crested Butte to the top of Lupine. Perfect mtn biking morning, IMO.

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September 22, 2011
Review: Excellent addition to the area and helps connect some of the other trail systems

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August 12, 2011
Review: It'd be 5 stars if it wasn't for the gates and gravel road at the bottom. Intermediate difficulty.

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