13.9 miles
Distance
2,900 ft
Climb
-2,898 ft
Descent
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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7 Reviews & Comments

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Spsolo12 (Jul 21, 2022 at 13:11)
The climb up baxter will really get you huffing and puffing to start, but most of it is smooth. If you don’t like loose-chunky-jank-rock, you won’t like the carbon creek portion (I didn’t, haha). However, the descent down green is top notch!
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nallacious (Oct 7, 2021 at 18:45)
Great condition. Carbon Creek trail descent was a blast, nice and chunky! Green Lake trail descent is fantastic and seems to go on forever. Aspens and trail at the bottom was mind blowing.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 21, 2021 at 11:13)
Trail Green Lake
This trail blows, 401 is where it’s at!
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gsboyer1 (Oct 13, 2020 at 17:59)
Trail Green Lake
This trail is an awesome downhill, fast and an absolute blast. . Doesn’t look like it would be fun riding up. I went up Baxter Gulch, a grind, but manageable. If your not acclimated, which I wasn’t, it’s tough. Green lake is a beautiful spot. I wish I had brought some clear lenses. I rode the downhill about 4pm and it’s pretty dark in spots.
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gsboyer1 (Oct 13, 2020 at 17:52)
Trail Baxter Gulch
The trail is in great shape right now. Dry in the beginning open areas but absolutely perfect in the trees.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Aug 19, 2020 at 5:43)
Trail Baxter Gulch
As good as newschool trail building can be. Still too many random turns with minor grade reversals, though.
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forrestgladding (Aug 29, 2017 at 10:47)
Trail Green Lake
Grueling climb, but fast flowy descent. Locals ride, not much traffic on this trail compared to others in the area.
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  • Primary Activity
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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    80
More Stats for Baxter Gulch to Green Lake mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    8,889 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,906 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,904 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -51.1%
  • Grade min
    41.2%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Green Lake
Aug 9, 2022 @ 3:01pm
Aug 9, 2022
Riding great! Thankfully lots of rain this year but it has resulted in more mosquitoes than usual, so you might pack / use some bug spray if you plan on stopping frequently.
Baxter Gulch
Aug 9, 2022 @ 3:01pm
Aug 9, 2022
Riding great! Thankfully lots of rain this year but it has resulted in more mosquitoes than usual, so you might pack / use some bug spray if you plan on stopping frequently.
Carbon Creek
Jun 28, 2022 @ 6:49pm
Jun 28, 2022
This trail is CHUNKY and not that fun. Would rather climb Baxter as and out and back.
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