“Tough climb and steep downhill”
— Adam Kagy on Jun 7, 2013
RestrictionsThe Teocalli Ridge Trail is currency closed to bikes for trail maintenance. However, the Teocalli Mountain Trail is still open so an out and back is always an option.
OverviewTeocalli 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.
DescriptionStart 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 raucous downhill. Stay straight on the main trail when you come to a side trail. Careful on the downhill, there are some real surprises along the way (loose roots/rocks and very steep). Speed kills, maims and breaks things.
Eventually the trail dumps you back out onto Brush Creek Road, take a right here and ride back to your car.
ContactsLand Manager: USFS - Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison Nat. Forests
Local Club: Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association
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