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black Green Lake Trail

  3.9 ( 18 ) Favorite


8.4 mile 13.5 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,684' 513 m
Descent: -1,683' -513 m
High: 10,615' 3,236 m
Low: 8,932' 2,722 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)


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Trail shared by Adam Kagy

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

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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!

Need to Know

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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Sep 21, 2018
Andrew May
Great ride 9mi
Aug 11, 2018
Laurent Outang
Brilliant option going down when connecting Baxter gulch and carbon trail!
Jul 19, 2018
Garrett Vanderwater
Jul 19, 2018
Dan Harrison
Jul 15, 2018
cynthia sauceda
Jul 10, 2018
Mike O'Sullivan
Jun 12, 2018
Kristian Keane
Aug 23, 2017
John Templeton

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