TR: Riding Snow Mesa (4 Sept 2011)

(Last Updated On: July 31, 2017)

After a long day on Cataract Ridge, we decided to do yet another section of the Colorado Trail, east of where we were the day before. This section takes you on Snow Mesa outside of Creede all the way to the Wilderness Boundary. We headed up a shuttle, leaving a car at the end of Miner’s Creek Road and then drove up to the top of Spring Creek Pass where we began our ride.

After about an hour of riding/walking we found ourselves on top of the mesa.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

The views of the San Juans were fantastic.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Wetterhorn, Matterhorn, and Uncompahgre.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

The Rio Grande Pyramid, the mountain that forms the headwaters of the Rio Grande itself, the third longest river in the United States.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Although rolling, the mesa was largely downhill, with the wind at our backs. Riding was fairly easy and enjoyable after the previous long day in the saddle. Me.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Chris and Frank.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Chris.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Frank.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Me.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

At the eastern end of Snow Mesa we reached the Wilderness Boundary.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

There, we headed south on a thin trail to Miner’s Creek.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Chris.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Miner’s Creek valley on the left.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Upper Miner’s Creek was beautiful.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Chris.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

But the middle was interrupted by several stream crossings.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Once past that, the trail had great flow for quite some time. We loved this section through the boulder field.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Lower down, we found ourselves again in forest.

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

A large aspen forest enveloped us for the end of our ride.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

After our ride, we headed into Creede for some Mexican food. We then completed the shuttle and enjoyed this view of the Rio Grande Valley on the way back up to Spring Creek Pass.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

Mountain biking Snow Mesa

From there, we continued on our way back home over Slumgullion Pass, where we again were greeted with fantastic views of the San Juans.
Mountain biking Snow Mesa

While we have some excellent riding here in Crested Butte, it’s still nice to venture to other areas. The Creede area delivered, serving us up a great weekend of scenic and epic riding on the Colorado Trail! For more info, check out our Colorado Trail Mountain biking guide.

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Riding Snow Mesa
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Riding Snow Mesa
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Although not a section of the Colorado Trail Race, Snow Mesa is another portion of the CT that makes for a fantastic mountain bike ride you should not miss!
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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