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Teocalli Ridge Loop

Consensus:    (details)
 4.4 from 10 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 5 votes
Rank: #18 in the Crested Butte and Gunnison area
#50 in CO, #375 Overall
Views: 1,934. Last 30 days: 44
Nov 11 Red
Featured Ride near Crested Butte,  area, 
“A Tough Climb, Great views and a fun long downhill”
Adam Kagy on Jun 7, 2013
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11.518.5 milesKilometers 2,184’666 m Ascent 11,255’3,430 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
60% Singletrack -2,181’-665 m Descent 9,138’2,785 m Low 26% Max Grade (15°)
Trail Maintenance for The Teocalli Ridge trail has been completed and is now open. 14 new switchbacks have been put in for the downhill.
Teocalli Ridge is another classic ride in the Brush Creek area. Ride out Brush Creek road (2 miles south of Crested Butte) per the usual route. Along the way, take in some incredible views up-valley and remind yourself why you enjoy this sport so much.
Need To Know
There are 2 creek crossings. 1 on the way up the doubletrack before you get to Teocalli Mountain Trail and the other the way out on Brush Creek Road. In early season (Late May/June) these may be high due to snow melt, use caution.
Start by driving out Brush Creek Road (738) East from Colorado Highway 135. Once the road starts climbing there will be an intersection with West Brush Creek Road (738.2A). Take a right here and look for an informal parking area approx 1/5 of a mile on your right. Park here.

Start riding back west on the road and take West Brush Creek Road (738.2A). Once on West Brush Creek Road the climb starts to get steeper and climbs up and around the hillside. In approx 1/2 mile you'll come to another intersection, take a right here at the sign directing you toward The Teocalli Mountain Trail. Soak up the views in the next couple miles along the West Brush Creek drainage.

When the road ends you'll take a right to get on Teocalli Mountain Trail. This is where the climb gets tough. If you have legs of steel and the lungs everything will be rideable. When you get near the top of the ridge you'll take a right onto Teocalli Ridge Trail. After a short downhill you'll be in for some more climbing.

After awhile you'll come to a nice view point and stopping area, with great views of Teocalli Mountain, Castle Peak, Pearl Pass, and the Middle Brush Creek drainage on your left. This is a good place for lunch.

The trail continues along Teocalli Ridge and then begins a gradual downhill at first with fun roots/rocks. Eventually the trail comes to several switchbacks reminiscent of the Deadman Gulch switchbacks. Be careful here as some of the switchbacks and the trail itself comes very close to the steep mountainside. A fall here is definitely not recommended. Since the new re-route/downhill changes by the forest service, the downhill is much more sustainable. Many of the very steep/technical spots have been taken out which makes this more of an intermediate trail now.

Eventually the trail opens up into a fast flowy meadow and dumps you back out onto Brush Creek Road/Pearl Pass. Take a right here and follow the road back to the standard parking area.
View in 3D
5.0 (2)
A classic ride with big mountain views, the turn around is near a ghost town ...
near Aspen, CO
5.0 (1)
Great views, a fun, moderately technical descent and a bonus descent on Strand.
near Crested Butte, CO
4.8 (6)
A life-changing 485 mile ride on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango.
near Columbine Valley, CO

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PHOTOS of Teocalli Ridge Loop
 4.3 from 3 votes
Taken from the best viewpoint before starting the long classic descent (Crested Butte, CO)
 4.3 from 4 votes
Descent through lupine (Crested Butte, CO)
 4.0 from 3 votes
Climb on Teocalli Ridge Loop (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.7 from 3 votes
West Brush Creek Crossing (late August 2014) (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.7 from 3 votes
1st of the 14 new switchbacks (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Teocalli mountain looms over the horizon (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Fantastic scenery just before the start of the downhill (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.0 from 3 votes
Wildflowers on the flanks of Teocalli Mountain (Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
views of Teocalli Mountain along the trail (Mount Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
The views down valley make the tough climb worth it. (Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
looking north (Crested Butte, CO)
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