Bike & Brews

Join one of our professional, experienced mountain bike guides each week to explore a different, classic trail in the Crested Butte area. Post ride we'll convene at the new Public House restaurant & pub on the corner of Elk Ave & 2nd Ave for a free beer!  

Summer 2018 Schedule:

  • July 7th - Lupine & Lower Loops Trails 
    • Meet Place/Time: Irwin Guides office, 9am
    • Difficulty: Easy 
    • Approx Distance: 5-7 miles depending on route
  • July 14th - Upper Loop Trails 
    • Meet Place/Time: Irwin Guides office, 9am
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Approx Distance: 5-7 miles depending on route
  • July 21st - Snodgrass Trail 
    • Meet Place/Time: Irwin Guides office, 9am -OR- Mountaineer Square bus stop, 9:30am
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Approx distance: 5-7 miles depending on meeting place

  • July 28th - Strand Hill Trail
    • Meet Place/Time: Irwin Guides office, 9am -OR- Canal TH, 10am
    • Difficulty: Intermediate
    • Approx Distance: 5-7 miles depending on meeting place
  • Aug 4th - 401 Trail
    • Meet Place/Time: Rustler's Gulch TH, 9am
    • Difficulty: Advanced 
    • Approx Distance: 8 miles
 
  • Aug 11th - Doctor Park Trail
    • Meet Place/Time: 2nd Buttress parking lot in Taylor Canyon, 9am
    • Difficulty: Advanced +
    • Approx Distance: 9 miles 
  • Aug 18th - Green Lake Trail
    • Meet Place/Time: Irwin Guides office, 9am
    • Difficulty: Advanced +
    • Approx Distance: 4 miles 
  • Aug 25th - Teocalli Ridge Trail
    • Meet Time/Place: Irwin Guides office, 9am -OR- Canal TH, 10am  
    • Difficulty: Expert 
    • Approx Distance: 6-8 miles depending on meeting place 


What To Pack: 
  • Helmet 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Clear or low-light riding glasses 
  • Full finger gloves 
  • Arm and knee warmers 
  • Padded chamois riding shorts 
  • Riding shoes 
  • Rain jacket 
  • Windbreaker 
  • Small backpack or hydration pack 

Bikes
Modern bike technology has come a long way in the past decade and it can be difficult to keep up with industry trends and changes. So, if you don't have your own bike or want to enjoy the comforts of a new full suspension bike, we suggest renting one from the Alpineer, a sporting goods store located in downtown Crested Butte. They have a rental fleet of Yeti, Trek and Santa Cruz mountain bikes. Crested Butte is also home to two other bike shops, Big Al's Bicycle Heaven and Handlebar Bike Shop, as well as a number of bike shops in Mt. Crested Butte. 

Shipping 
If you need to ship your bike, we would be happy to receive and assemble your bike so it's ready upon your arrival. We have had great success with Bike Flights, a service dedicated to bike shipments. Do note, we are not responsible for your bike during shipment, this service is here to make your mountain bike trip to Crested Butte more convenient.

Weather
Weather in the Colorado high country can be very fickle. One minute it can be bright and warm, the next minute it can be hailing, rainy and quite chilly. Having proper gear in your pack is imperative. Lightning is also a real possibility during our monsoonal storms. We may suggest an earlier start if there is an active weather pattern present. 

Forgot something 
If you happen to forget an item for your trip, we have you covered. Our office has a full retail shop stocked with sensible layers such as rain jackets, insulated jackets, bike apparel, hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and more. We are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm all summer long.

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