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Crystal Peak, Star Pass, Hunters Creek Loop

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High alpine riding, fast flowy downhill and fantastic scenery.


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19.8

Miles

31.8

KM

80%

Singletrack

12,312' 3,753 m

High

9,484' 2,891 m

Low

3,265' 995 m

Up

3,268' 996 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Overview

This ride combines some huge climbs, high alpine scenery/singletrack with some big long downhills.

Need to Know

Since a portion of this ride is above treeline and above 12,000' in elevation, expect that the route won't be snow-free until sometime in July. Start early to avoid monsoon storms in the afternoons.

Description

Start by parking at the Deadman's Gulch trailhead or somewhere off of Cement Creek road nearby. Ride east on Cement Creek Road for 1.3mi until the start of Upper Cement Creek Trail. Take Upper Cement Creek Trail in its entirety until you get to the intersection of Hunters Creek trail. Take a right here, cross Cement Creek and continue up Cement Creek Road.

In about 2 miles, you'll see a trail sign on your left for Trail 583 (Crystal Peak). Take a left on this trail. From here, the climbing starts getting tougher. For some, this trail is 100% ride-able but for many there will be parts where you won't have enough gear to climb. As you ascend you'll eventually get to a saddle at around 12,000' and a junction with the Mount Tilton Spur Trail.

Take a nice rest here and soak in the stellar views. Continue on Crystal Peak Trail for another half mile or so until you get to the junction of Trail 400 Star Pass. Take a left here and climb up the short but steep trail to the top of Star Pass. This is the high point on the ride and another great spot to rest and take in the views.

From the top of Star Pass, you'll have a short but steep descent on the west side until you get to the junction with Trail 405 Double Top. Take a left on Trail 405 Double Top and climb the steep but short ascent to another saddle. From the top of this saddle, the ride is mostly downhill from here. In another steep half mile, you'll come to the intersection with Hunters Creek. Rip the fast flowy downhill on Hunters Creek all the way back to Upper Cement Creek Trail. Take a right here and follow this back to Cement Creek Road and back to your car at the Deadman's Gulch parking area.

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Adam Kagy

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There's a rider in the lower right corner...the scale on this ride is enormous.
Jul 26, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Up and over Star Pass on the EMGT!
Jun 10, 2015 near Aspen, CO
A must-ride in the Crested Butte South area.
Jul 26, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Climbs are hard but the views are incredible!
Jul 15, 2017 near Aspen, CO
Star Pass views
Sep 24, 2014 near Aspen, CO
Brush Creek Trail southwest of Star Pass
Feb 16, 2016 near Aspen, CO

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Jul 4, 2020
Thayla Sullivan
Jul 20, 2019
Todd Pashak
Way too much snow for the whole loop. it won't be good until the end of August. just do an out and back on Hunters Creek.
Jul 20, 2019
Kevin Corcoran
Lots of snow recommend waiting 3-4 weeks for snow to clear
Aug 19, 2018
Eric Swanson
Aug 5, 2018
Maggie Lea
Sep 13, 2017
beth schwenn
Aug 24, 2016
William Peregoy
Trail was a bit muddy in spots, lots of puddles. Ruts on the descent from Star Pass. Came back wet. 19.6mi — 4h 30m
Jul 17, 2016
Ron Heard
Crystal section has recent trail work with some grade reduction.