Sarah and I took a long anticipated mountain biking trip to Crested Butte with Matt and Alicia. This was our first such trip to Crested Butte. We crammed in three great days of riding, and it was the peak season for wildflowers. Day 1: #403 - #401 - Snodgrass http://connect.garmin.com/activity/106916916
Arriving around midnight on Thursday, we decided to camp in Washington Gulch, allowing us to sleep in a bit later because we could ride directly from camp. We started off the day by pedaling through waist-high wildflowers along Washington Gulch Road.
looking down Washington Gulch toward Mt. Crested Butte (left)
The wildflowers were simply amazing.
tons of colors
brilliant yellow and blue skies
At the top of the road, we turned onto the #403, which took us up and over to Gothic.
The views along the #403 continued to impress.
Matt taking in the views from the top of the #403
At the bottom of the #403, the wildflowers were over shoulder high. It was like riding through a corn field but with more color.
The #401, our next destination, lies on the hillside across the valley.
Crested Butte had an epic snow year this past winter. Crossing snowfields with bikes in the middle of August was nonetheless a bit strange.
Emerald Lake at the end of Gothic Road.
With such an overload of flowers, we were all suffering from color blindness by the end of the day.
After finishing the #401, we headed down Gothic Road a ways in order to take the Snodgrass Trail back to Washington Gulch and our camp.
Sarah pointing out our chosen mode of transportation
Mt. Crested Butte
Sarah pushing up a short grunt
The Snodgrass Trail is completely on private property, but the land owners graciously allow use of the trail when their cattle are not grazing in the area. Awesome!
Sarah riding into camp after 8-hours in the saddle.
The Hsu clan, now four in number, joined us for the camping. Esme had quite the knack for bike maintenance.
Eowyn making her debut camping trip at three-weeks-old
chillaxing at camp
Esme checking the shifting performance after getting things tuned up for the next day
Day 2: Reno - Flag - Bear - Deadman
open vistas on the way to Reno Divide
starting down the Flag Creek Trail
From Flag Creek, we took the Bear Creek Trail to the Deadman Gulch Trail. Our GPS came in handy with all the junctions. Most were signed really well, though.
Matt nearing an intersection along the Bear Creek Trail
Andy getting ready for more smooth flowing singletrack before getting back to the TH
We finished our trip with a shuttle ride of Doctor Park. We found some of the quickest turns of the weekend along this trail. The steep descent at the end provided some fun switchbacks, too.
Day 3: Doctor Park
Sarah and I posing at the bottom of Doctor Park before loading up the cars and heading home
I took many more videos than photos on this trip. It took me a while to put them into a short movie. Check it out so I don't feel like I wasted my time.