Hartman Rocks

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50
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Singletrack
↑ 9,000 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
7,727
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Trail Description
About this trail
Cruising back to the Springs from Telluride we decided we wanted to check out the biking in
Crested Butte. Unfortunately our Falcon Guide was back at home so we decided to snoop around
the local bike shops in Gunnison to see what was happening. After some looking and talking we
found out the place to be is Hartman Rocks. We purchased a map (best decision we made that
day) and headed to the trailhead. We parked at the bottom of the mesa and started to climb. In
hindsight the road might have been the best way to get up but we decided to take a b-line right
up the side. After walking our bikes up the steep slickrock sections we finally got a view of the
area. Trails and roads stretched everywhere and it reminded us of Palmer Park in the Springs or
even Moab to a degree. Many trails are gradual climbs through the sage on sandy to hard-
packed ground and often intersect the rock formations for some nice technical challenges. This
place is huge, we barely scratched the surface before it was time to go back. Hartman Rocks is
also home to Rage in the Sage bike race, a brutal race to be sure due to the exposed conditions
and up and down nature of the terrain. Be sure to bring a map, this place is confusing as gank
for first-timers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: it might be many trails in hartmans are ok for dirt bikes but i ask if you do ride here then dont tear up the track -Guest

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Q: Is this trail cleared for dirt Bikes? -Guest

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Reviews (31)
 

Gramcounter


January 17, 2017
ireiman Gramcounter  
 
Review: I love this place, I spent nearly a full summer camped out here and biking as much as I could, a lot of great trails for all skill levels. There are super quick and smoother trails like Luge, Sea of Sage and Broken shovel and then of course much more challenging trails everywhere throughout the rocks. Easy to camp since it is BLM, just find someplace that your vehicle fits and you are golden.

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Bunny Hop

October 3, 2015
yetiyahoo Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Great trail system for all levels of riders. Also a good place to camp as you can camp in or around the heart of the trail system. Campsites are not plentiful or well marked but easy enough to find one. Water sources are scarce as is shade. There is the Gunnison river that runs along the highway where you turn off to go into the trails. There is also a jump/pump?? track at the main parking area if you're into that. It can get hotter than balls in the summer time. Overall, a great place to go ride, camp, explore the geological formations, and listen to the coyotes at night around the camp.

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Trailblazer

May 27, 2015
 
Review: This is a huge trail system that provides countless options for all skill levels. There are rocky areas to provide technical challenges and there are great ways to string together downhill rollercoaster rides. Although I prefer the long, epic rides found in Crested Butte, I would love to have a place like Hartman rocks in my town for after work rides. My only real complaint is related is the loose soil. Much of the trail surfaces are not well-packed which can significantly impair cornering speeds. Admittedly, I had the wrong tire combo for such conditions.

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Granny Gear

October 25, 2014
 
Review: Hartmans is a playground. There are 20ish different trails to choose from, ranging from easy to extreme. Make sure you check out the map and have fun putting your run together. If you don't plan well you may find yourself using the dirt roads to get to your trail.

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Gramcounter

September 3, 2014
SpySki Gramcounter  
 
Review: While my husband and I were on vacation got rained out up in the Butte, decided to give Hartman a try and what a surpirse it was one my favorite rides! The aroma of sage and the neat geology blended with the openess feel of the terrain and technical descents into the gulleys make up for one outstanding, well marked trail system. I highly recommend stopping by Rock 'n' Roll Sports to pick up a map. The people there are very helpful and recommended us a great route to take the first time. Liked the trail system so much we came back for a second day.

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Gramcounter

August 14, 2014
nstarsfan Gramcounter  
 
Review: I had high expectations for this set of trails but they are hard to enjoy when you feel lost all the time. They label these as good for those acclimating to the elevation but I felt I was climbing all the time. Because I couldn't really find my way to trails, I mostly spent time on fireroads. I did do Jacks which was so-so (fairly technical and mostly climbing) and Collarbone Alley. Collarbone was the highlight for me. Downhill, not too steep, and one berm after another.

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Gramcounter


May 24, 2014
blutzski Gramcounter  
 
Review: Maybe it's because I just rode Moab the week before and Crested Butte the day before, but I was not impressed with these trails. There is a whole lot of sage and not much rage. If you like trails like Buffalo Creek you might like these. I rode a 20 mile loop and it was all kind of the same sandy non-technical smooth single track. Trails like The Ridge, Rattlesnake and V-Drop were better with the trail routed over grippy round granite. If I ever ride here again, I'll bring my single speed 29er.

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World Champ


October 21, 2013
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: I'm not really sure what I expected Hartman's to offer, but the trails I experienced there absolutely blew me away! The singletrack is challenging with quite a few technical spots and massive rock rolls and challenging rock features to play on! Other trails are flowy fast, and just a rip-roaring time! The views of the surrounding mountains, the rock formations, and of Gunnison are gorgeous as well...

I've got to say, Hartman's truly impressed me, and I will be back to ride the trails that I didn't get a chance to on my first visit!

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Bunny Hop

October 5, 2013
 
Review: This was a great introduction to Colorado riding. So much variable terrain that there was something for everyone in our party to enjoy. You can do 20 plus miles or cut it as short as you want, as most trail sections are 2 miles or less, with smooth double track to get you back easily if you want. The fun (and more technical/difficult) stuff is definitely along the ridges, with Top of The World, Becks, Tailpipe, Josie's and Notch at the top of my list. Most trails in the interior of the system are smoother and offer a break to the technical aspects of the rim trails. Most trails can be run both directions and offer a completely different ride when done the opposite direction. Be aware of the one-way trails. This is also a multi use area so hikers, horses and motos are always around. Everyone seems to get along so keep it courteous and smile! Best recommendation in these reviews is to get a map, and even stop by a shop for trail recommendations for your skill levels as well as trail conditions. Have fun!

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Gnarly


July 1, 2013
 
Review: Great network of trails. Tons of options, great high desert singletrack, some real nice technical options. A near endless amount of trails to create tons of different options. Was very impressed. Camped there, rode Behind the Rocks, Alonzo's, Water..., Fenceline, Gateway. All a ton of fun. Never really stop here b/c always on the way to Crested Butte, but well worth riding here, I'm a huge fan.

Similar Trail: Sovereign Moab

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