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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +189/267 ft
Total: 72 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lower Loop

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#903 of 1,322 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#9639 in the world

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!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
You can connect to this trail directly from Crested Butte Via Butte Avenue and
Peanut Lake Road. On the other end, you can park just off the bottom of the
Gunsight Pass Road which splits off of the Slate River Road.
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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?

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  • tittlema
    *****

    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.

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  • Richard Hespen
    ****

    This is an easy trail system that can be ridden straight from town. Great for beginners.

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  • Richard Hespen
    Reviewing Budd Trail:
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    This is a nice in town trail that is short and easy to get to. It ranges toward the tech side vs other in town trails, but is still not difficult.

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  • PeakLover
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    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.

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  • triton189
    Reviewing Upper Lower Loop:
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    There is a decent climb at the end of lower loop to get to upper. Once at the top you are treated with the usual magnificent scenery typical of crested butte. You then have about two mile of fun flows single-track that dumps you out at lower loop again. Great fun!

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  • triton189
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    Even though it is an easier trail it has one common element with other crested butte trails, awesome scenery. My wife loved it.

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  • nstarsfan
    Reviewing Upper Lower Loop:
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    This is more fun and more flowy than Lower Loop. But expect a little more technical challenge too. Getting to it from the end of Lower Loop is tricky. Beautiful view of Oh Be Joyful Creek though.

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  • nstarsfan
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    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.

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  • jeremyg998
    Reviewing Boy Scout Trail:
    *****

    This is a great little trail. Ride it clockwise like the first review says, drops down steeply next to the river and then sweeping single track back to Gunsight pass trail

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  • bonkedagain
    ****

    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.

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  • jwbeuk
    Reviewing Boy Scout Trail:
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    You seem to be reviewing the GB Trail which you can actually connect from the Upper Lower by going up Gunsight after exiting the single track. Look for the entry to the right, a steep downhill past which will take you past a shed. The single track will take you back to Gunsight where, after a short ride you can swing right onto Lower Loop following the Slate.

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  • jwbeuk
    Reviewing Budd Trail:
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    Not sure where the name Aspens and Switchbacks came from but from your description you seem to be reviewing the Budd Trail. This is a new trail which you can access from Woods Walk or from the Upper Lower.

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