Lupine Trail For Mountain Biking
The 100th most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.
Saturday 9 July 2016 06:16 GMT
North of Crested Butte, the Lupine Trail is a new 3.5 mile mountain bike trail of moderate difficulty. The eastern trailhead is off Gothic Road on Saddle Ridge Road. The Lupine Trail runs west for 1.7 miles to an County Road that leads north up to the old Cloud City townsite or down to Slate River Road (CR734). If you turn right heading north up the dirt county road, after about 0.6 miles, the Lupine Trail contines to the left heading west another 1.2 miles down to Slate River Road (CR734). At Slate River Road, you could either turn left heading south back to town, or you can turn right heading north to the Lower Loop Trail.
To reach the eastern trailhead of the Lupine Trail from town at the 4-Way, head north on SR135 (aka 6th Street) to Teocalli Avenue. Turn right heading east to the Rec Path. Follow the Rec Path north up the mountain toward Mount Crested Butte. Just past Washington Creek Road, turn up onto SR135 and head back towards Crested Butte briefly. Turn right up Saddle Ridge Road to the end and enter the signed Lupine Trail. The Lupine Trail runs west down to Slate River Road.
Overall, Lupine Trail is the 100th most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Lupine Trail including Deer Creek Trail, 401 Trail, Teocalli Ridge Trail, East Brush Creek / Trail 400, 409 Trail / Walrod Gulch and Timberline Trail.