July mountain biking in Crested Butte

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2017)

With the snow melting away from the alpine and wildflowers abound, July is one of the best months to ride in Crested Butte! But this July was a little more difficult for us since the snow took longer to melt than usual, keeping us from some alpine rides, and we’ve seen more monsoonal rains than normal, which have made it difficult to find good days to ride long routes. Still, we found some great July mountain biking in Crested Butte. Here’s a re-cap on some of our rides!

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The ski area remained beautiful all July. Meander.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Painter Boy in full flowers!
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Frank riding Captain Jacks, pre-rain, while thunder and lightning boomed all around us.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Reno Ridge

One afternoon, after work, we headed up to ride the classic Reno-Flag-Bear-Deadman’s loop only to have dark clouds heading directly toward us. With some pretty bad clay-mud on those trails, we opted to limit ourselves from the rain and take Reno Ridge instead. Thankfully, we stayed dry. Frank.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Me.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Green Lake Trail

After work one day mid-month I wanted to get my bike dialed in from some changes that had been made. So, I took Rubi for a spin on Green Lake Trail in the Seattle-style mist.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Waterfall Cutoff

The next day, the sun was out, and we soaked up the opportunity to get in a quick Waterfall Cutoff ride before work.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Rainbows

But, there were a lot of rainy days. Still, rainy days sometimes leave us some beautiful things….
Rainbow in Crested Butte in July

Rainbows in Crested Butte in July.

Hartman Rocks

Speaking of rainbows…. I spotted one that lasted quite awhile during an evening ride at Hartman Rocks.
Rainbow at Hartman Rocks

Rainbow at Hartman Rocks

We found ourselves riding down at Hartman Rocks about 5 times in the month of July to escape rain in Crested Butte…. more than we’ve ever ridden Hartman’s in July before!
July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks

July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks

July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

A couple of times we went down there only to have it rain there too.
July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

July mountain biking at Hartman Rocks.

Snodgrass

One afternoon, I started out a ride in the rain and ended in the sun. I linked several trails on the ski area together along with a Snodgrass out-and-back.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

July mountain biking in Crested Butte

403 to 401

But, one of my best rides happened one morning toward the end of the month where it was forecasted to rain, but we woke up to blue. So, I went for it. I rode 403 to 401 from my home on the mountian – a big ride in and of itself – and I had to be done by noon.

Views from Washington Gulch Road.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

And it got better from 403.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

Looking toward West Maroon Pass from the top of 403.
July mountain biking in Crested Butte

And the classic 401 shot….
Mountain biking 401 in Crested Butte in July.

That’s a recap of some of our July mountain biking in Crested Butte. For a few of our longer, more exploratory days, we’ve already posted some reports (see Flying Dutchman and Matchless to Doctor Park, and more are coming!

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With the snow melting away from the alpine and wildflowers abound, July mountain biking in Crested Butte is the best!
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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!

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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