Masochistic Riders Unite! This mountain bike ride is for you. Located east of Crested Butte, the Teocalli Ridge Trail loop has a punishing 2.5 hour climb on loose dirt and scree followed by a steep, rocky singletrack descent. It can be combine with two local favorites for a killer 18 mile figure-eight loop.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead for Teocalli Ridge Trail loop from CB, follow SR135 south for 2 miles. Head northeast on Brush Creek Road (FS738) for 5 miles. Park near the intersection with West Brush Creek Road.
The ride begins at 9000 feet with a long doubletrack climb up West Brush Road (FS738A). Stay to the right at the Deer Creek Trail turnoff and descend down to the West Brush Creek fjord. Hopefully dry socks are in your pack since the creek can be deep from run-off. Continue climbing through the valley flanked by pine and aspen. The numerous beaver dams provide excellent habitat for the swarms of flys and misquitos.
Finally, after five miles, begin climbing onto Teocalli Mountain (13,200). As the doubletrack degenerates, the unmarked Teocalli Ridge Trail (#557) clearly heads southeast. Finally, the real climbing begins!
Once on the singletrack, ride (or push) up for another 2+ miles to 11,300 . (Don't be fooled by the many false tops). Some riders are impressed with the vistas of Pearl Mountain and Timbered Hill, but for the effort, other rides have a better mix of trails and views (401, DT, Flag Creek come to mind).
Descending at last, the trail becomes washed out and boulder strewn. Hardly worth the climb unless youre a hardcore downhiller. Back down on Brush Creek Road, choose between continuing on the road to fjord West Brush Creek back to the car or proceeding on the Farris Creek Trail across Brush Creek. On the other side of the creek, follow the Strand Hill Trail southwest for several miles to FS736A. Continue southwest to FS736 and then turn left heading east. This road turns into the Farris Creek Trail. Proceed north back to Brush Creek Road. At the road, turn left towards the parking area.
Overall, Teocalli Ridge Trail is the 14th most popular mountain bike trail of all 176 mountain biking rides in Colorado.