Indian Summer Fun – Biking in Crested Butte

(Last Updated On: October 22, 2015)

Many years, by the beginning of October, much of the mountain biking has been shut down due to snow, especially up high. That wasn’t the case this year.

As I write this blog post, snow flakes are pouring from the sky out my window here in Crested Butte. I’d say that Indian Summer is likely officially over. But, it sure was great while it lasted. Here’s a collection of mountain biking photos we gathered while on our miscellaneous Indian Summer biking adventures 🙂

Crystal to Star Pass to Hunter Creek

Kristi was healing from an injury and her biking had been limited during parts of the summer. She was one of my few friends who was still eager to head out on long bike rides late in the season. She’d never done this ride before, and I’ve decided that it’s an every-year-must-do.

Kristi soaking in the majesty of the mountains from Crystal saddle for the first time.
Kristi Kagy gazing on Star Peak and Taylor Peak.

Though loose due to the dry weather, the riding was pretty good!
Kristi Kagy mountain biking near Crested Butte.

Kriste Kagy mountain biking near Crested Butte.

Kristi Kagy mountain biking near Crested Butte.

Kristi Kagy mountain biking near Crested Butte.

It’s hard to beat that smile….
Kristi Kagy mountain biking near Crested Butte.

Needless to say, I’m pretty sure Kristi enjoyed herself immensely, as did I. It’s one of my favorite all-time loops in the Crested Butte area!

Canyon Creek at Whitepine

I hadn’t been to Whitepine to ride in a few years, and I was getting the itch to do so. I tried to gather a group to join me in the fall last year, but timing, weather, and people’s schedules just wouldn’t work in my favor.

So, this year, when we saw a hot balmy day forecasted in late September, Frank and I knew it would be good for conditions on Canyon Creek. So, we gathered our bikes and gear, threw them in the car, and off to Whitepine we went.

The Whitepine cemetery is always an eerie one. Perhaps we should come back here for Halloweeen 😉
Whitepine Cemetery, Colorado

Here, the road was mellow and beautiful.
Mountain biking at Whitepine.

But, of course, it gets voraciously steep.
Mountain biking near Whitepine.

Upon reaching the alpine we split off the road and on to the Canyon Creek single track.
Riding Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

And then there was the infamous high-quality hike a bike to the summit.
Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Hard not to enjoy the colors of Christmas that surrounded us. The alpine was celebrating a few months prematurely.
Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

We spent a little while on the summit, but the two of us were in the mood to move fast that day, so we did not linger. We DID enjoy the ride though.
Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Canyon Creek is one of those rides where you just keep going down down down. You think it will never end – a great bang for your buck for the climbing involved.
Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

We didn’t take a whole lot of pics on the descent, we were enjoying it too much. But, near the end of the trail we caught a little splash of color.
Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Mountain biking Canyon Creek near Whitepine.

Tour de Axtell

A couple of weeks later we went on an adventure ride that I hadn’t ridden in probably 8 years. It’s a good one, but certainly an adventure. Tour de Axtell is as it sounds, circumnavigating the entire Mount Axtell. Frank and I dragged along our visiting friends Zach and Adrienne from Bozeman.
Mountain biking near Crested Butte.

We found a lot of color still on the Carbon Creek Trail.
Mountain biking on Carbon Creek Trail near Crested Butte.

Mountain biking on Carbon Creek Trail near Crested Butte.

From the Don Cook Trail (Para Mi, Para Ti), we gazed upon the backside of Mount Whetstone which I had just climbed about 10 days before.
Mount Whetstone.

The views were grand.
Views from Para Mi, Para Ti.

The forested part of Don Cook Trail presented some problems, but had some fun sections.
Mountain biking on Para Mi, Para Ti near Crested Butte.

Then of course, there was the descent down Green Lake Trail, which we blasted down without stopping. What a great finish to a fun ride!

With the snow that’s falling this week, shoulder season is surely upon us. No, we’re not done biking yet, and we do have more Indian Summer fun adventures to share. But, we hope to be strapping on the planks soon 🙂

If you want more details about any of the rides mentioned in this post, don’t forget to check our 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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Warm weather and no snow, have made it possible for alpine mountain biking into October in the Crested Butte area. Read more about our Indian Summer fun!
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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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