(Last Updated On: June 29, 2016)
After taking Pearl Pass from Crested Butte to Aspen the previous day with the historic “Pearl Pass Tour“, Frank and I joined 4 other riders for a return ride back to Crested Butte. While Pearl Pass is a scenic, epic, and historic ride, it’s best done just one way. There are other options back to Crested Butte that provide better riding, such as Taylor and Star Passes. This is where we headed.
The road rolled along, until we reached the climb to Star Pass. Don Cook, having built parts of this trail himself, decided we needed to detour. We followed his “original” trail, which has since been rerouted by the Forest Service, replaced by a heinous climb that avoided a thicket of willows.
By the time we’d reached Star Pass, we’d been riding 5 hours and 22 miles- about 20 of which were climbing. We were ready for a good descent. And a good descent we had. The ride down from Star Pass is a tough one to beat- one of the top descents in the Crested Butte area. We opted to enjoy our ride, rather than hanker down for photos. But, Frank did catch these couple of me on the road out.
7 hours after beginning our ride, we rolled back into town, spinning down Elk Avenue. 90 miles of riding and about 9000′ vertical over two days had me pretty beat. But, at the same time, I couldn’t have felt any better 🙂
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