Hike, Bike or Drive to The Umbrella Bar

Posted on June 2, 2023
The Umbrella Bar is back! For the first summer since 2019, The Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks will open to guests in 2023 for food and beverage service on June 30. Located mid-mountain at the top of the Ten Peaks area with panoramic views of the resort, the Umbrella Bar is arguably Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s most scenic on-mountain destination.

Getting to the Umbrella Bar is part of the fun! Its mid-mountain location caters to the adventurous, and with multiple means of arrival, this “off-the-beaten-path” destination may be easier to reach than you think.

Depending on the level of effort you would like to exert, try out one of these ways of accessing the Umbrella Bar.
Exterior of Umbrella Bar at Crested Butte
By Mountain Bike
The Umbrella Bar is located directly off of the Painter Boy trail within the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Park. Access is quick and easy from the top of Red Lady Express and can be accessed via beginner or intermediate trails.

Save your legs and enjoy the lift-accessed mountain biking off of Red Lady Express. Once you unload at the top of the lift, the quickest and most popular route to the Umbrella Bar is to continue onto Primer. This beginner trail is nearly entirely downhill until you reach the 5-Way intersection with the Painter Boy trail. Enjoy a beautiful, winding and smooth pedal along Painter Boy until you see the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks. Veer right to access the road and grab a drink or a bite!

When you are ready to depart, you have numerous trail options to return to the base area. Please note that a lift ticket is required to ride the chairlift.

By Foot
Just like traveling on two wheels, there are multiple hiking routes to the Umbrella Bar. For an easier trip, follow the same directions listed above; if you are looking to earn your drinks and snacks, hiking up from the CBMR base area is an enjoyable way to reach your destination.

From the base area, hikers are encouraged to follow the Up and Away trail until the intersection with the Columbine trail. The Columbine trail traverses the side of Columbine Hill through tall grasses, aspen groves and wildflowers of all colors! Eventually, Columbine merges into the Painter Boy trail. Take a left and continue to meander through the aspen trees until you see the Umbrella Bar on your left.

Please remember to practice your mountain manners and stay on the trail rather than cutting through the grass!

By Car
Want all the views without all the effort? You can drive to the Umbrella Bar, too! The journey is easy for most vehicles, and 4-wheel drive is not required.

From the base area, turn right onto Gothic Road for approximately 1.5 miles. Just before the Snodgrass Trailhead, turn right on Prospect Road. Continue up the hill on Prospect Road until it turns to dirt and continue through a gate. Turn right and follow the signs through the aspen grove to the Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks.

Please be sure to park in the designated area and use caution to avoid driving over local flora. Vehicle access to the Umbrella Bar may not be permitted if an event is taking place.

No matter which way you choose to get there, you’re sure to leave The Umbrella Bar feeling full of good food, drinks and memories.