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Green Lake Trail

 14 votes


8.4 Miles 13.5 Kilometers




1,684' 513 m


-1,683' -513 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (24°)

10,615' 3,236 m


8,932' 2,722 m




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One of the best out and back rides in Crested Butte.

Adam Kagy


Stay on the trail since much of it traverses through private property.
Green Lake Trail is probably one of the best downhills close to town. It's ridden as an out and back ending near green lake at the base of Mt. Axtel. While popular among hikers, it isn't that popular among bikers, but should be!

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This trail is definitely not for beginners it can be a grunt of a climb, with no shortage of technical challenges presenting itself, but the reward is one of the best technical downhills in the valley.


Start by riding to the Crested Butte Nordic Center near 2nd Avenue in Town. Ride behind the building on a doubletrack heading Southeast. This eventually leads to a road and the first trail sign directing you to take a right on this road. Just under a half mile later, another sign will direct you to the left and the start of the Green Lake trail singletrack.

The climb starts here and doesn't relent much. Switchback your way up the mountain through the dark timber steeply at times until getting dumped out to another road. A sign directs you to take a right on this road. About 1/2 mile on the road, another sign directs you to get back onto singletrack to your left.

Wind your way up through the dark timber and enjoy the technical uphill on the way. The trail eventually starts opening up, stay straight at the intersection for trail 436. Once at the lake, marvel in its beauty and get ready for a ripping technical descent all the way back into town.

Note: It's usually a good idea to bring some bug spray just in case the mosquitoes are bad in the dark timber.


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Aug 23, 2017
John Templeton
Jun 22, 2017
Zach Bauer
Dry up to the road, guessing the deep timber climbs up high are still swampy 4.7mi
Oct 14, 2016
Jeremy Wallace
Aug 25, 2016
William Peregoy
Tacky dirt, trail in good condition. Lots of hikers. 8.4mi — 2h 15m
Aug 13, 2016
Carl Castillo
Jul 12, 2016
William Peregoy
Great ride 8.4mi
Aug 2, 2013
Jason Lampenrider
Jul 18, 2013
Jeff Moon
Climb is a kick in the teeth but worth it for the descent. 8.4mi

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Kris Kilton   Denver, CO
I can see why it isn't that popular with bikers. The flow isn't all that great. I did enjoy the trail but probably won't be on my list of trails to do again. The lake was great to jump into after the climb though. May 25, 2014

I've ridden many trails in CB and this is by far the worst. Zero flow. Gravel and dirt road sections make the trail feel disconnected. Quite a bit of hike a bike near the top due to huge off camber rocks in the trail on steep sections. The lake is nice but so is 401, Snodgrass-Lupine, etc... save your ride for another trail. Aug 24, 2015
I enjoyed this trail. It was a busy Saturday and only saw one other biker and you literally start right in town. Yes the climb is a bear and kinda sucks, especially on my big enduro bike, but the dh is great and the lake is nice too. Check it out. Aug 18, 2017

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