Why I Love Mountain Biking at Hartman Rocks

Only 30 minutes away from Crested Butte, I feel incredibly lucky that we have easy access to the high desert terrain of Hartman Rocks. We don’t need to travel hours to Grand Junction or Fruita or Moab to have the desert experience. We have it just a quick jaunt away. With over 40 miles of trails in the area, there’s plenty to ride without getting bored.

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TR: Mountain Biking Marshall Pass to Tank Seven (26 Sept 2017)

There’s a pretty good chance you haven’t heard of Tank Seven trail #480, or have any idea where it is. Located southwest of both Monarch Pass, Tank Seven is a fun trail located just up the Marshall Pass road from Sargents – on the west side of the Continental Divide. You’d hardly know that this trail is open to motorized travel given how narrow it is. And though much of the trail is fast and flowy, there’s a fair bit of techy terrain to maneuver through the middle.

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Mountain Biking Colorado Trail Segment 17 to Big Bend (9 Sept 2017)

This season, we’ve been exploring a little lesser known rides. While segments of the Colorado Trail have been gaining popularity, Segment 17 isn’t exactly one of them. Even less riders know about Big Bend. But Frank had done this exact ride back in 2012 and had good things to say. In short, if you like mountain biking steep technical trails, often loose at times, then Big Bend is a great choice.

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700 Miles Singletrack in the Summer of 2017 – Goal Complete!

I am always coming up with goals for myself. Some of them I am vocal about. Others are more internal challenges. One of the reasons I shared this goal so publicly was because I wanted to inspire others. I was, and still am, recovering from ACL revision knee surgery. I wanted to challenge myself in the midst of recovery and show that I was coming back stronger than ever.

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TR: Mountain Biking the Star Trail (411) near Taylor Park

When my buddy Jon and I looked at this trail, we assumed it would be a giant downhill from near treeline all the way down to the Rocky Brook road which connect Spring Creek and Taylor Park. That is not how the Star trail works, however. This is one of those trails that somehow seems to go up more than it goes down. When we were done after a long, long day, Jon dubbed the route “The Crippler”.

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7 Favorite Fall Mountain Bike Rides in Crested Butte

When the calendar flips to September, most avid skiers start thinking of white fluffy snow. Admittedly, we’re among them. But, at the same time, fall is one our most favorite times in Crested Butte. From mid-September to early October the mountains are glowing in gold, and as the leaves fall, riding them becomes nearly as fun as skiing in blower pow, as leaves swirl around you on every corner. Simply said, Crested Butte can be epic in fall and the riding can be too.

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