Results 1 to 19 of 19
  1. #1
    nice marmot.
    Reputation: ictoacoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    165

    Peak Season in Crested Butte

    Went to CB last weekend and the crown jewel of the trip was the Deer Creek loop from Mt Crested Butte. Loop was Upper > Brush Creek Rd > Deer Creek > Gothic Rd back to Mt Crested Butte.

    I am moving to Austin, TX soon and this was just another example of why I will miss this state so much. I have lived in CO, NC, TX, LA, MA, & KY over the course of my life. I have ridden in beautiful forests, mountains, urban parks, and glorified drainage ditches called trails. During different periods I have ridden primarily road, bmx, dh, xc, and as a commuter. I believe that good riding can be found almost anywhere as long as you maintain your passion & never forget the simple pleasure that is riding bikes. That said, I will miss weekend trips to these beautiful mountains.

    I will let the pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy....
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    10,605
    Nice pics! Sorry to hear you're heading to Hell.

  3. #3
    post-ride specialist
    Reputation: icegeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    4,013
    Look up ManMountain while you're there
    Last edited by icegeek; 07-31-2008 at 06:06 PM.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

  4. #4
    nice marmot.
    Reputation: ictoacoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Nice pics! Sorry to hear you're heading to Hell.
    Austin ain't (< practicing the local vernacular) quite hell, but not quite Denver when it come to weekend riding options either. As for rides from town, I think Austin may edge Denver on that one at least.

    Austin has a strange pull that only one who has lived there before can truly understand....

  5. #5
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    10,605
    Quote Originally Posted by ictoacoy
    Austin ain't (< practicing the local vernacular) quite hell, but not quite Denver when it come to weekend riding options either. As for rides from town, I think Austin may edge Denver on that one at least.
    I like the way you make lemonade, my good man.

    Austin has a strange pull that only one who has lived there before can truly understand....
    I'll have to take your word for that.

    Must be the inexorable pull of hot and humid: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick...d2=-97.743&e=1

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    8,416
    I consider all of Texas a mild version of Hell but Austin is the best choice of all the cities there. I hope you don't miss CO too much. Do come back once a year and stomp around the mountains....it'll keep you going like it did me.

  7. #7
    Old, stale, negative
    Reputation: bstrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    800
    Spent last week in CB and did that loop on the last day. Stellar, other than those huge black flys. I liked upper upper better than most any of it. You can always visit>

  8. #8
    post-ride specialist
    Reputation: icegeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    4,013
    Quote Originally Posted by ictoacoy
    Austin ain't (< practicing the local vernacular) quite hell, but not quite Denver when it come to weekend riding options either. As for rides from town, I think Austin may edge Denver on that one at least.

    Austin has a strange pull that only one who has lived there before can truly understand....

    yup.
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

  9. #9
    nice marmot.
    Reputation: ictoacoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Spent last week in CB and did that loop on the last day. Stellar, other than those huge black flys. I liked upper upper better than most any of it. You can always visit>
    I will definitely visit. Most of my trips revolve around riding and that won't change, its just that when I go to the mountains in the future it'll be a much much longer drive to get to the trail head.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    826
    Nice pics. Are there still swarms of flies on Deer Creek?

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    39
    Quote Originally Posted by teleken
    Nice pics. Are there still swarms of flies on Deer Creek?
    have about 8-10 bites on my left foot alone after getting back from a few days in CB, so..yea

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    8,416
    Are they just bad now? Do they die off or leave for Louisiana later in the year or what?

  13. #13
    nice marmot.
    Reputation: ictoacoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    Are they just bad now? Do they die off or leave for Louisiana later in the year or what?
    It is my understanding that they winter in warmer environs further south - Florida, Arizona, and Texas mainly. The food supply is ample as the snowbirds who travel south with the flies are both large in number and massive in size. The flies hover about the snowbird nests (RVs) waiting to feast on the exposed cankles. The recent popularity of Crocs has contributed to the fly problem greatly by exposing juicy alabaster cankles that were once hidden by white ankle socks.

    After feasting over the winter the black flys return to the mountains to lose the extra weight they've put on. Once in the mountains their diet is much leaner but they enjoy the residual alcohol, hops, and malted barley found in the bloodstreams of the summer food source.

  14. #14
    Old, stale, negative
    Reputation: bstrick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    800
    Quote Originally Posted by ictoacoy
    It is my understanding that they winter in warmer environs further south - Florida, Arizona, and Texas mainly. The food supply is ample as the snowbirds who travel south with the flies are both large in number and massive in size. The flies hover about the snowbird nests (RVs) waiting to feast on the exposed cankles. The recent popularity of Crocs has contributed to the fly problem greatly by exposing juicy alabaster cankles that were once hidden by white ankle socks.

    After feasting over the winter the black flys return to the mountains to lose the extra weight they've put on. Once in the mountains their diet is much leaner but they enjoy the residual alcohol, hops, and malted barley found in the bloodstreams of the summer food source.
    That's high quality stuff, funny, but the bites still sucked for a few days. Take bug spray for sure if you're headed up there.

  15. #15
    bacon! bacon! bacon!
    Reputation: SkaredShtles's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    10,605
    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    That's high quality stuff, funny, but the bites still sucked for a few days. Take bug spray for sure if you're headed up there.
    Bug spray will do squat for the biting flies.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    11
    Just rode the deer creek trail on Saturday flys were awful. Trail was very fun except for the very steep climb before the summit. Flys seem to be able to stay with you at walking pace. Good luck in Austin enjoy music scene.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    43
    So is this a bad year or a typical year for flies in Crested Butte ? The wife and I were there a few weeks ago and enjoyed the riding but were cursing the flies biting our legs.

  18. #18
    nice marmot.
    Reputation: ictoacoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by JCon
    Just rode the deer creek trail on Saturday flys were awful. Trail was very fun except for the very steep climb before the summit. Flys seem to be able to stay with you at walking pace. Good luck in Austin enjoy music scene.
    That climb was brutal and the flies were really the icing on the cake at that point. I put on about 5 layers of OFF with DEET over the course of the ride and they still bit me a few times. They bit my wife alot more despite the bug spray. I wouldn't attempt that ride again without it....

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    267
    Deer Creek trail in CB is known for being one of the worst for biting insects. That's why it is affectionately known as "Deer Fly trail!"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •