Bicycling in the Crystal River Valley

 

From pavement to trail there are numerous race, road and mountain bicycle opportunities up the Crystal River Valley. The West Elk Loop Scenic Byway follows Highway 133 and is on the route of the Ride The Rockies event.

Carbondale to Redstone via Hwy 133

Approximately 15 miles, 1022 ft elevation rise. The first 5 miles of the route is via a newly constructed (2010) bike path. Then it's on the highway. Two lane, narrow edge so exercise caution.

Redstone to Marble

Continue on Hwy 133 out of Redstone, 6 miles to the intersection of Gunnison County Road 3, then 6 more miles to Marble (858 foot elevation rise).

Marble to Crystal City via Lead King Basin Loop Road

This route is a challenge and strenuous. Be ready for long hill pulls and steep, rocky inclines. The beauty of the area is worth it. Please do not stray from the road as it borders the Snowmass/Maroon Bells and Raggeds Wilderness areas. Summit: 10,500 foot elevation.

Marble to Crested Butte via Schofield Pass

"Very strenuous 30 mile trail from Marble to Crested Butte over 10,707 foot pass via narrow, rough and often dangerous roads. Heavy snowpack until late spring." (Colorado Mountain Bike Trail Guide: http://www.single-serving.com/USA/CO/trail.php).  The route is definitely a challenge (2700 foot climb), as described here: http://traverstravels.org/guest-writers/mt-bike-marble-to-crested-butte-...