When it comes to heart-thumping ascents, awe-inspiring vistas, and gnarly descents, few trails offer the complete package quite like the Teocalli Ridge Trail near Crested Butte, Colorado. This is not a route for casual mountain bikers. Teocalli Ridge is designed for those who come with steely resolve and the heart of an adventurer.
Commence your journey on Brush Creek Road (738) east from Colorado Highway 135, a couple of miles south of Crested Butte. Around four miles in, the road starts climbing; an intersection with West Brush Creek Road (738.2A) appears. Though parking is available at this junction, a more spacious informal parking area lies less than a quarter mile further.
The first segment of the trail involves a ride up West Brush Creek Valley, offering riders unparalleled views of blooming wildflowers and natural splendor. Here, the trail intersects with Teocalli Mountain Trail (554). This segment is rideable for those with "legs of steel" but is otherwise a challenging section where some may prefer to dismount and push.
The true ascent begins when the trail joins Teocalli Ridge Trail (557). After another steep climb, riders are greeted by panoramic vistas, featuring the Middle Brush Creek Valley and Pearl Mountain to the east, and Mount Crested Butte to the west. No words can do justice to the breathtaking sights offered at this vantage point.
The return journey isn't for the faint-hearted. It's a fast and technically demanding descent filled with:
At the end of this thrilling ride, the trail connects back to Brush Creek Road. If the 11-mile loop isn’t enough, adrenaline junkies can extend their journey by linking up with Farris Creek Trail (409) or Canal Trail (408).
Teocalli Ridge Trail isn't just a bike route; it's an experience that tests your mettle while mesmerizing you with some of the best natural beauty Colorado has to offer. With the challenging climbs and exhilarating descents, it's no wonder this trail has been deemed "401 on steroids" and a must-ride for any serious mountain biker.