13.9 miles
2,900 ft
-2,898 ft
2 miles
High Point

This loop route is an instant classic for several reasons The first being its proximity to downtown Crested Butte, allowing for some great refreshments after your ride. The second being the new Baxter Gulch Trail, which creates a perfect and very scenic climb trail to the flanks of Mt Whetstone. Your climb will continue briefly as you traverse right underneath Mt Whetstone on Carbon Creek. Although chunky it eventually becomes a great and rowdy downhill trail. Then finally after a quick break at Green Lake, you get to enjoy one of Crested Butte's best pure downhill trails. Over four miles of steep, rooty, flow on perfect packed dirt!

Detailed Description
Baxter Gulch to Green Lake is a 14 mile popular expert route located near Crested Butte Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 3 trails. This route climbs 2,900 ft with a max elevation of 10,963 ft then descends -2,898 ft.
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More Stats for Baxter Gulch to Green Lake mountain bike route
  • Avg time
    2 hr 20 min
  • Altitude min
    8,889 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,906 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,904 ft
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  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Green Lake
Oct 26, 2023 @ 4:42pm
Oct 26, 2023
a couple wet/icy sections, but 95% good to go. dirt in the forest higher up is legendary
Baxter Gulch
Oct 26, 2023 @ 4:41pm
Oct 26, 2023
a couple wet/icy sections, but 95% good to go. dirt in the forest higher up is legendary
Carbon Creek
Jul 3, 2023 @ 1:09pm
Jul 3, 2023
About 2mi from Green Lake Tr... some snow and ~30 downed trees. Snow really isn't that bad. Maybe a dozen places requiring hiking through a 10ft long patch of snow. The trees are the bigger issue. Even with the minor snow, I'd say it's good to go for the 2023 season... just needs some sawyer work over a 1mi section near Green Lake Tr.
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  • By cmcquade & contributors
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