Mountain biking near Lake City is supported by local bike rentals, along with the local availability of bike accessories, service, sales, and trails advice.
The area offers a tremendous range of mountain biking experiences. The choices include easy-going, in-town trails the whole family can enjoy, peaceful intermediate trails and jeep roads with delightful scenery, very challenging remote single track and jeep trails, and even epic rides like the Alpine Loop and circuits along high ridges of the Continental Divide.
Even at the height of the summer season, one can bike for hours within a few miles of town yet never cross paths with other bikers, hikers, or off-highway vehicles. But don't be surprised to spot a herd of elk or catch a fleeting glimpse of a bobcat or bear.
The Alpine Loop
The Alpine Loop is a long ride with significant elevation and exposure above treeline. It is about 90% dirt road, 20% of which is rough enough to require vehicles with 4-wheel drive and clearance. You are bound to encounter numerous UTVs and jeeps, but the views and exposure make it a worthy adventure.
The Loop takes you over two passes (Cinnamon and Engineer) between Lake City and Silverton. The described route starts and ends in Lake City.
Leave Lake City going south. Take the well-marked turn towards Lake San Cristobal on County Road 30. Continue the long, beautiful climb up to Cinnamon Pass at 12,600' on Cinnamon Pass Road. Descend steeply towards Animas Forks and then begin climbing again to the north and east on County Road 2, Engineer Pass Road until you reach Engineer Pass at 12,800'. From Engineer Pass, it is a long, fast descent back to Lake City tying into County Road 20. The route is very well signed.
The Loop can be done counter-clockwise as well. An early start is recommended due to the risks of afternoon thunderstorms and Jeep/UTV traffic.
Lake City Bike Shops
Lake City Bicycles, Inc.
528 Pine St. Lake City
Confluence in Lake City, CO
131 Gunnison Ave. Lake City