Lower Loop

3.67 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 900 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
The Lower Loop offers some of the easiest singletrack in Crested Butte... and it's
also some of the most beautiful! The valley it rolls through is ringed with
gorgeous peaks and it offers breathtaking views of the clear Slate River winding
through the bottom of the valley. While this is most definitely a beginner trail,
there are a couple of small climbs and descents and some technical sections
spread throughout. Also, this trail is at 9,000 feet, so even super easy riding can
sometimes feel very difficult!

Even for the advanced ride, the Lower Loop is worth a look. While it might not
be challenging at all, the trail is superbly designed and turns into an uber flowy
roller coaster at speed!

The Lower Loop trail itself is only 2 miles long, but there are several other trails
that connect to it, including the Upper Lower Loop, that can be easily turned
into a great 10-12 mile ride. Read through some of the other trail descriptions
for more information, and investing in a good map or a guidebook is definitely be
a great idea!
added by Greg HeilWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: I am traveling from out of state and have the option of taking my vacation in mid June or early August. I plan on mountain biking in and around the Crested Butte area. Any thoughts or suggestions on what month is better for crowds and weather? -Guest

A: Most definitely June!!

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System Trails (9)
System Trails (9)
Upper Lower Loop
Peanut Lake Road
Peanut Mine
Peanut Lake Road Trail
Lower Lower Loop
Woods Walk
The Plunge
Boy Scout Trail
Budd Trail
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Reviews (7)

Granny Gear

October 5, 2018
tittlema Granny Gear  
Review: This is a great entry level trail in crested butte. I took my family to crested butte to mountain bike and knew we'd be riding all beginner to moderate trails. Everyone actually struggled acclimating to the altitude(we're from Florida) so this is the only trail we rode...but it was really fun. We hit up the oxygen bar in town which really helped us acclimate and enjoy our time there. Short sections of easy climbs leading to fun downhill. There are some rocks in the trail which keep things interesting. Mostly exposed Singletracks along the creek, with some double track options and one short wooded section. The views are amazing. We were surprised by some cows walking along the trail, but we just stopped and let them pass. I think they're used to mountain bikers. Overall a really fun trail to start your time in crested butte.


August 23, 2017
Review: This is an easy trail system that can be ridden straight from town. Great for beginners.

Granny Gear

July 17, 2017
PeakLover Granny Gear  
Review: This is a tougher "easy" trail due to all the rocks and climbs, so recommend not taking a newby on it. Even midweek, very crowded with both bikers and hikers. We started from Wood Walk TH, then took the Lower Lupine trail all the way to the north where it turned into a fire-road; climbed for about 1/4 mile until coming to the Upper Lupine trail and road back to the start -- about 6 miles total.


September 15, 2015
triton189 Singletrack  
Review: Even though it is an easier trail it has one common element with other crested butte trails, awesome scenery. My wife loved it.


August 14, 2014
nstarsfan Gramcounter  
Review: If you're new to this trail, here are a few pointers. It is not that easy to find or follow. Unless you part at Peanut Lake, you'll be biking a ways to get to the trailhead. Then expect to need to follow directions and not rely on trail signage to navigate the trail. It is most confusing in how to start the trail and how to connect with Upper Loop coming back. Expect lots of traffic on the trail. You can never really go that fast so it was unspectacular for me.


September 23, 2011
Review: This is a fun ride, especially if you want to knock out some fun flowy singletrack that is close to town. Throw in the Upper Lower Loop on the western end and you will get a little more challenge.

World Champ

August 9, 2011
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: Built for beginners, but everyone can have fun here! Lots of traffic including trail runners and hikers, though.

Lower Loop MTB Trail 3.67 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
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Feature Article
Ride Report: Lower Loop, Crested Butte, CO
A 4-Day Tour of Crested Butte's Finest Singletrack