TR: Star Pass to Double Top to Hunter Creek (16 July 2016)

(Last Updated On: August 14, 2016)

We like showing visitors around to the best mountain biking that we have. So, when our friend Larry came from Steamboat to check out the riding in Crested Butte, we put on a good show. Just a 2.5 weeks prior, Larry and I stood on top of Condundrum Peak, about to ski down the long-lasting couloir. From the summit, I pointed out Star Peak and told him about the superb mountain biking just on the other side of it. I told him he needed to go there. So, Star Pass became a destination for his Crested Butte trip.

We started out on the Cement Creek trail heading up the Cement Creek Valley.
Mountain biking Cement Creek Trail near Crested Butte.

Once that trail ended, we following up the road where we caught trail 583. We were amazed at the condition of this trail. The Forest Service has been hard at work this year — rerouting the trail in some places, and digging out the trenches in others. 583 is very steep, but because of their hard work, I was able to ride every inch of it.
Brittany Konsella mountain biking trail 583 near Crested Butte.

Frank.
Frank Konsella mountain biking trail 583 near Crested Butte.

Frank and Larry.
Mountain biking trail 583 near Crested Butte.

Me rounding up to the top.
Mountain biking trail 583 near Crested Butte.

I never stop being amazed by the scenery at the top. Star Peak on the left, Taylor on the right.
Star Peak and Taylor Peak from trail 583 near Crested Butte.

Looking the other way.
Views from 583 near Crested Butte.

Alpine sunflower.
Alpine sunflower

Frank and Larry enjoying the day.
Frank Konsella and Larry Fontaine mountain biking near Crested Butte.

We had a short descent before making another climb to Star Pass. Larry.
Larry Fontaine mountain biking near Crested Butte with Star Peak in the distance.

The mountains were flaunting their rainbow of colors.
Mountain biking near Star Pass near Crested Butte.

From the top of Star Pass, we had a wonderfully long descent down trail 400. Larry.
Frank Konsella mountain biking Star Pass near Crested Butte.

Larry Fontaine mountain biking Star Pass near Crested Butte.

Me.
Brittany Konsella mountain biking trail 400 near Crested Butte.

Larry.
Larry Fontaine mountain biking trail 400 near Crested Butte.

Me near the bottom, with the magnificent Star Peak in the background.
Brittany Konsella mountain biking trail 400 near Crested Butte.

At the bottom of 400 we caught Block and Tackle. Larry.
Larry Fontaine mountain biking Block and Tackle near Crested Butte.

From there, we caught Double Top and headed upward some more.
Brittany Konsella mountain biking Double Top.

But Double Top also had an enjoyable descent toward Hunter Creek.
Larry Fontaine mountain biking Double Top near Crested Butte.

Brittany Konsella mountain biking Double Top near Crested Butte.

We descended the rest of the way down Hunter Creek trail…. And Hunter’s is just so good we rarely stop to grab photos. I think it’s one of the trails we’ve photographed the least. Consider that a good thing 🙂
Brittany Konsella mountain biking Hunter Creek trail near Crested Butte.

We retraced our tracks down Cement Creek trail.
Larry Fontaine riding Cement Creek trail near Crested Butte.

And landed shortly thereafter back at our car. Despite some nagging flies, it was a great day and a great ride. Glad we got to show Larry the non-standard goods!

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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Star Pass to Double Top to Hunter Creek
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Star Pass to Double Top to Hunter Creek
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There's more to ride in Crested Butte than the standards. Star Pass to Double Top to Hunter Creek is among the non-standard great rides in the area!
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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!

One thought on “TR: Star Pass to Double Top to Hunter Creek (16 July 2016)

  • July 27, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    Those flies are vicious this year.

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