Lupine is a great easy-intermediate ride that is a recent addition to the CBMBA trail network. Starting from town, head up the Rec. Path or Gothic road towards the town of Mt. Crested Butte/ski area. About a mile up the path/road, you’ll take a left onto a road marked Saddle Ridge by a sign (headgate) over the road. Pedal to the top of Saddle Ridge road where the singletrack clearly begins at the end of the cul-de-sac. About 1/4 mile more of climbing and you’re at your first summit! Please don’t park or shuttle to Saddle Ridge Road.
Lupine 1 then rolls along through the aspens and lupines (duh!) along Smith Hill before descending fun, swooping switchbacks down to a doubletrack dirt road. Head straight off the trail and up the dirt road. Ride up the road over a ‘rollover’, past Lupine 2, 1.8 miles up until you see a left turn on the Gunsight Connector Trail (aka Lando Calrissian). This trail makes the loop more of the intermediate with a 1.92 mile descent fraught with turns, berms, and switchbacks. There’s a brief climb in the middle that’s sure to make the legs sting a bit, but then it’s downhill to Slate River Road.
Look out for cars – then proceed across the road and just to your right you’ll see a bit of track that takes you right down to Gunsight Bridge. Go over the bridge and look for signs to either the Lower Loop or the Upper Lower Loop which will take you right back to Butte Avenue and the Town of CB.
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