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Baxter Gulch Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.0 mile 9.6 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 405' 123 m
Descent: -2,013' -614 m
High: 10,712' 3,265 m
Low: 8,927' 2,721 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

Dogs

Unknown
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Trail shared by Lyle Tucker

New long, flowy singletrack with an old school feel.

Lyle Tucker

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Open seasonally from around June 1 - October 31.

Need to Know

There is no easy way to get to the top of Baxter. You can climb it, turn, and go down. Climb up Green Lake Trail or climb Carbon Trail 436. We rode it from town, up Carbon Trail 436, to the lake, and then over. The moto terrain had glimpses of goodness but more or less was a grind.

Description

Baxter is one of the newer editions to the network of fine singletrack in Crested Butte. While Baxter was built to be bi-directional, this description is for the 90% downhill direction heading south to north from Carbon Trail 436.

The overall trail is tight, bench-cut singletrack that starts on the saddle between Green Lake and Whetstone Mountain. After a half-mile, gentle climb, you start the descent on smooth and, at times, rocky/rooty singletrack.

The trail dives in and out of the trees opening up with great views of the valley and surrounding peaks. As this trail gets ridden more often – it's still starting to buff out – and with some turns being lightly banked, it makes for some good speed. There are a few sections where there is exposure and a lapse in balance could send you rolling down the hill, it's best to be diligent.

About 80% of the way down, you cross a small bridge followed by a stiff climb for about half a mile. It then flattens out before dropping into some aspens with a good flow and feel.

More details can be found in this local news article.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Sep 30, 2018
Chuck McQuade
Sep 2, 2018
Ry Zy
Turned around from town at the brushes

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  3.9 from 8 votes

#23

in Crested Butte

#7238

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  3.9 from 8 votes
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#23

in Crested Butte

#721

in Colorado

#7,238

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Photos

Baxter is a scream with berms and jumps throughout
Oct 3, 2018 near Crested…, CO
The views a bit higher on Carbon Trail
Sep 24, 2014 near Crested…, CO

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