Southeast of Crested Butte and northeast of Almont near Taylor Reservoir, the Timberline Trail #414 runs 20 miles along the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at the Continental Divide above 10,000 feet and is open to dirt biking. The trail runs north from Mirror Lake to Pieplant Creed Road.
The most popular place to start is at the northern dirt bike trailhead. The Timberline Trail runs southeast for about 13 miles to Texas Lakes. There are several cross roads (and the Colorado Trail along Trail #571) to form loops of varying length.
To reach the dirt biking trailhead for the Timberline Trail from Gunnison, head north on SR135 to Almont. Head northeast on Taylor River Road (FS742). At the reservoir, veer left heading north on Taylor River Road. Just before the intersection with Spring Creek Road, turn right heading northeast on Red Mountain Drive (CR742E) up to the trailhead.
Note: Travel south of Cottonwood Pass Road towards Mirror Lake is not recommended since the trail is in poor condition and overused.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Overall, Timberline Trail is the 30th most popular dirt bike trail of all 93 dirt biking rides in Colorado.