Hidden in the biking utopia of Crested Butte, Colorado, lies a trail combo that thrills as much as it challenges. Introducing Upper Loop to Upper Upper Loop—ten miles of diverse terrain that meanders right at the base of Mt. Crested Butte. With features ranging from fast and flowing singletrack to a bevy of technical spots, this is a ride you'll want to experience first-hand.
Commencing from downtown Crested Butte, take Tony's Trail to its eastward "T" crossing. A right turn here leads onto Upper Loop. Continue riding until encountering another "T" crossing, which branches towards Upper Upper Loop and Whetstone Vista.
Begin the adventure on Upper Loop with a moderate climb through inviting singletrack. Before long, the route unfurls into a thrilling downhill segment that propels riders at exhilarating speeds. A fork in the trail presents an option: right takes you to Tony's Trail, leading back to town, while continuing ahead beckons towards Upper Upper Loop.
A 2014 rerouting introduced additional but gentler climbs that cater to beginner and intermediate riders alike. Nevertheless, Upper Upper Loop packs enough technicality to keep seasoned cyclists entertained. The ride includes an absorbing passage through an aspen grove before intersecting with Whetstone Vista. Those craving even more excitement should consider doubling back for a rip-roaring downhill through the aspen trees.
Branching off Upper Upper, Whetstone Vista introduces a rock-laden experience that feels almost 'east-coast-ish' in its ruggedness. Alternatively, riders can continue along Upper Upper for a steeper, rockier challenge that eventually leads back to Brush Creek.
Upper Loop to Upper Upper Loop delivers a multi-faceted riding experience that captivates and tests bikers in equal measure. Easily accessible from town, yet far from pedestrian, this trail duo earns high marks for anyone seeking variety and challenge. Highly recommended for experienced riders looking for a full-flavored Crested Butte experience.