Cycling Lower Loop, Crested Butte
A nice gentle 8-mile ride (4 miles each way) from Crested Butte starting at the end of Butte Avenue. From Elk Ave going west, turn right on First Street, then left on Butte Avenue and keep going. It’s a hard-packed dirt road that passes Peanut Lake before ending and becoming a wide-track hiking and biking trail. There a few shallow climbs there and back but the ride is very achievable for non-cyclists and younger children. The trail ends at a bend in the Slate River where you can dip you toes – or even you whole body- in the water. From here you can ride on to the more challenging Upper Lower Loop, the Gunsight Pass climb, or even loop back to Crested Butte on Slate River Road.
We rented from The Alpineer at very good rates. Hourly rates have a three hour minimum. You should book on busy weekends. Summer 2012 rates:
Trek townies for both men and women. Great for cruising around town and the local bike paths.
Hourly: $4 Daily: $20
Standard Bike (Hardtail)
Sizes: (13.5, 16, 18, 19.5, 21)
A true mountain bike. Disc Brakes. A capable 100mm suspension fork. Aggressive tires. Trail approved. Weekend warrior multi-purpose machine for mountain adventure. Needs a capable, confident machine for legitimate trails.
Trek Mamba 29er:
Sizes: (15.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21)
Trek Mamba 29er WSD (women’s)
With this hardtail 29er you get more momentum, more stability and more traction. Built with a platinum series 6066 butted & hydroformed aluminum with a RockShox Dart 80mm travel fork.
Hourly: $7 Daily: $35
Hourly: $4 Daily $20