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Teocali Ridge

Average Rating:    (4.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Head left up West Brush Creek onto a little plateau. Five miles to the singletrack. Stay right on the lower fireroad about a mile in, this will take you briefly downhill thru aspen to the creek itself. There is a log crossing off to the left if you are timid. The fireroad is pretty mellow initially as it cruises up past beaver dams. Mosquitos suck though. You'll get trapped in your granny gear for the last 1/2 mile before you see the Teocali take off to the right. This is a bruising climb. Narrow 12 inch singletrack with a thousand foot sloping grassy downhill on the right as you grope along the base of Teocali Mountain. The trail is not technically difficult at this point, but just steep and narrow enough...and around 11,000. I walked a lot. When you break into the trees of Teocali ridge you still have a bit of steep ups. A signpost points you right and south at singletrack intersection. (Rightward will take you down toward Brush Creek road as it ascends toward Pearl Pass) You think you are heading down the ridge back the way you came, but still have a few ups. Can't get lost from here though. The trail drops down some steep motorcycley pitched singletrack. Rough, loose, bombs through aspen groves for about 4 miles before breaking out on the south end of the Teocali Ridge. You'll follow the ST all the way down to Brush Creek Road. From here it is a mile back west to the intersection with West Brush Creek where you began the loop.
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Latitude
38.87098832521089
Longitude
-106.95018768310547
Trail Directions
From CB, can be pedalled or driven. Head south on SR 135, about two miles turn left at Brush Creek Road. It'll quickly become dirt after passing the country club. Continue about 5 miles until coming to the intersection with West Brush Creek Road. Riding really starts here. Park here if you drove.
Trail Length
21 miles from CB, about 10 as a loop
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Crested Butte
   


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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ReichC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tons of climbing, with the final pitches being very steep and exposed. Awesome views, and the feelings of being 'way out there.' The downhill is a bomber, loose and steep in some places. Don't be to proud to walk or you could seriously mangle yourself. But ride as much as you can, check out lines, and push back uphill if you feel you could have hit a line better. Trust me, you won't be coming back any time soon.

Recommended Route:
Brush to West Brush, the follow the signs to Teo Mtn. Trail and finally Teo Ridge.



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Review Date
November 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: grc_king ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Again a very unique CB ride, especially for europeans. A very very very hard uphill and you should have spent some days in such heights in order to be allowed to consider this trail to be doable. I wouldn't even have thought like that. The downhill is simply fun fun fun, especially when you ride a fullsuspended and you are equipped with at least 100mm - I was. For some reasons I love it even a little bit more technical, but the variety of the trail and the looks from the ridge itself are extremely beautiful and I can not give this trail less than 5 stars, despite the fact that it is not my favourite trail in CB. This is the Reno Divide/Deadmen Gulch trail to me.



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Review Date
September 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Bob the Wheelbuilder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this trail 9/17/03 and there are countless branches and sticks in the trail along with several downed trees from the recent snowstorm. The road climb was steady - I somehow got lost on a cow trail on the West side of the valley and had to ford the stream to get back to the road. The singletrack climb to the trees was really cow-pocked and loose, but dry. As others have stated, one expects the downhill to begin with the trees, but there are a few more serious uphills first. The top is dark pine forest, you get into aspens part way down. The downed sticks made for some anxiety on the descents as they were perfectly arranged to get sucked into spokes, but I managed to avoid any wheel damage. There were still lots of puddles on the 17th. Stop and enjoy the vistas that open up on the way down. The wildflowers are all gone in mid-September, by the way. My altimeter read 2650 feet of climb for the loop proper (not from town).

Recommended Route:
As described elsewhere: up the road, down the singletrack. Watch for the stream crossing at a primitive campground. The cow trail that leaves the CG isn't the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
401 (prettier, sl. less technical)



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Review Date
July 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: isaacstokes ,  Weekend Warrior , from boulder colorado

Summary:
Yar and double Yar. I've been waiting to get my grubby mitts on this one for awhile and it was worth it. First thing that comes to mind is that this is argueably the most beautiful ride I've done in CB and I've done most of them. Just knocks your short riding socks off. They are all stunning in CB but this has a wild and more remote feeling than most - the flowers are unreal and almost overgrow the trail they're so lush - even more than 401.
This ride is obviously a major huff. Just looking at the ride profile will tell you that. Good doubletrack spin for about 45 min to begin, uphill then leveling then cranking uphill to where you pick up the singletrack. This is an amazing spot right under the looming South Side of Teocalli mountain (peak?) that you see so well from Brush Creek rd. From this point you will see the singletrack scurrying uphill to the right. Try to stay with it. It is all doable (although a major major heart exploder) and if you pace yourself you just might clean it on your best day. Eventually you head into the pines and continue on smooth but steep tread - the shade will feel good. The little tech things will remain doable but kill you cause you're so beat. Then to a trail juction and take a right along the ridge. At this pt you level for a few minutes then hit the hardest technical uphill of the day. It's short and rooty so give it a shot. Gold stars if you can bust it. Awesome, and I mean awesome views out to Pearl Pass on the right after topping out. Take a break cause the downhill is rockin. The downhill is all a steep medium thrash pitch. Not a lot of cruising and nothing like the smooth pitch you climbed up. Roots, rocks, etc. Major bracking induced arm pump. The track can be quite rutted and troughed in places. As long as you're stoked on a full on downhill you'll be ok. It is much more tech downhill than 401 by comparions sake. Good rage in the sage smoother stuff at the end. It would be a good idea if you wanted more singletrack to loop over to Farris at the end and ride the canal trail back which is butter smooth and fast (the last couple miles that is). Get Bob D'Antonio's CB guidebook on Amazon.com. Or email me isaacstokes@hotmail.com Enjoy!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
strand, dyke, 401, deer creek is lovely but seems all uphill - gravity vortex, reno flag bear is supposed to be awesome



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Review Date
February 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: kokothemonkey , from Boulder CO

Summary:
This was the only trail I rode in Crested Butte my first trip out there because of torrential rain, but it was worth it! The climb up is manageable, and it is one of the best downhills I have ever done, although I almost broke my arm crashing in the singletrack. Skip Deer valley for this one!

Recommended Route:
Up and down!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Reno Flag Bear



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