“A tough climb, great views, and a fun, long downhill
— Adam Kagy
Teocalli 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.
Trail Maintenance for The Teocalli Ridge trail has been completed and is now open. 14 new switchbacks have been put in for the downhill.
Need to Know
There are 2 creek crossings. 1 on the way up the doubletrack before you get to Teocalli Mountain Trail
and the other the way out on Brush Creek Road. In early season (Late May/June) these may be high due to snow melt, use caution.
Start 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 gradual downhill at first with fun roots/rocks. Eventually, the trail comes to several switchbacks reminiscent of the Deadman Gulch
switchbacks. Be careful here as some of the switchbacks and the trail itself comes very close to the steep mountainside. A fall here is definitely not recommended. Since the new re-route/downhill changes by the forest service, the downhill is much more sustainable. Many of the very steep/technical spots have been taken out which makes this more of an intermediate trail now.
Eventually, the trail opens up into a fast flowy meadow and dumps you back out onto Brush Creek Road/Pearl Pass. Take a right here and follow the road back to the standard parking area.