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Lower Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (5)

Smooth, level singletrack close to town - great for beginners.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Point to Point

8,967' 2,733 m

High

8,921' 2,719 m

Low

100' 31 m

Up

91' 28 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly An easy trail along the river with fantastic views

Description

Begin from town to enjoy this special trail. From the start you have a number of options:

Your first option is to follow Butte Avenue out of town. Youll see a trail on your left, just after the last house on Butte. Follow this singletrack, staying right at any intersections. Curve left past a large house and up and over a small hill. Youll end up paralleling the road to Peanut Mine, up on the hillside in the wildflowers. Follow this to its end at Peanut Mine to join up with the "official" Lower Loop trail.

Another option is to hike up to the end of Elk Avenue and the dirt road on the left, or Whiterock, to join the Kebler Pass Road. Just after the first intersection on Kebler (Treasury Hill Road) on the right, you'll see a turnout and trailhead on the right. Take the path that forks left. This will lead you through the Woods Walk on some nice singletrack, and join the first variation near the big house.

The third option is to simply hike out the dirt road at the end of Butte to Peanut Mine. This is the "official" start of the Lower Loop, though its not as fun as the first two options.

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Adam Kagy

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 5 votes

#23

in Crested Butte

#10372

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#23

in Crested Butte

#926

in Colorado

#10,372

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Photos

Looking back into the Oh-Be-Joyful Wilderness area and Slate River. (Wide path coming from Peanut Mine ends here and the singletrack begins to the right of the picture.)
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Fun singletrack with stunning views of the Oh Be Joyful wilderness area.
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Looking back as we head into town.
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Slate River, next to the Lower Loop
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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Oct 6, 2020
Joe Ponthier
Mountain biking on this trail and the Woods Walk Trail 2.5mi — 12h 30m
Sep 29, 2019
Logan Shaver
Jul 3, 2019
Mark Piening
Jun 15, 2019
Nicole Thompson
May 17, 2019
Travis Cooper
Aug 24, 2018
Kim Ehlert
Kim Ryan Nathan Paul and Barb. Walked to the creek and the 3 of us walked across! (Barefoot)
Aug 4, 2018
Jennie Celik
Jul 25, 2018
Jason Rector