Strand Hill

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.67 out of 5
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Intermediate
7
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,100 ft
8,894
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Big loop with a bail-out trail if you get tired of all the climbing. Climbs are steep and rutted until you get to the singletrack. The views are amazing.
added by RebusDoubletrack December 20, 2005
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (2)
System Trails (2)
Strand Bonus
Canal Trail
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Gramcounter


July 18, 2014
 
Review: Clearly I am a fat piece of crap as I was dying by the time I got to the top of this Hill.

I started off at the brush creek trailhead and rode down to the entrance of the trail. It had just rained the night before, so it got fairly mucky at several points and I got mud spattered from my tires on the way down.

I stopped to enjoy the views several time on the way up (read, catch my breath and wait for the blood to stop pounding in my ears). It was really gorgeous, the hills speckled with wildflowers.

Once you get to the top, it was bombs away. I should have rested a bit more before starting as my legs were pretty shot from the climb and I was nervous about that on the way down.
really great trail that zips through aspen groves with one or two sections I felt were pretty technical.
An overall great ride, will ride it again once I get back there.

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Trailblazer


August 31, 2013
 
Review: This is a great, scenic ride. Take Canal up and the turn right on Strand Bonus, then left up the double track Strand Hill. This is the easiest way up. Then descend down Strand Hill on the section above canal.

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Singletrack


July 15, 2013
 
Review: The lower sections of this trail are uber-scenic with some gradual climbs that evolve into steeper climbs to the summit. The decent is fast, flowy, filled with roots, rocks, and small drops. A great add on trail for Deer Creek or Upper Loop

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Trailblazer

September 15, 2012
stillfat Trailblazer  
 
Review: A great little ride close to CB, lots of cows and aspens. Fairly easy climbing and a really fun downhill sprinkled with semi-technical sections to keep you focused.

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Gnarly


August 6, 2012
 
Review: One of my newest favorite trails in CB. Drove up the road a ways and parked next to Canal Trail, then rode up Canal, up Strand Bonus, then down Strand. A ridiculously fun ride, great flowy singletrack, climbing isn't bad at all, riding through aspens, a few steep sections with roots keep you on top of your game. Just an awesome trail, highly, highly recommended.

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Gramcounter


June 8, 2012
nickesares Gramcounter  
 
Review: Very fun trail. You can park right next to the start of the climb or start a little ways back on the dirt road. Either way, the trail will start when you hit the climb. Very steep at times and definitely an awesome workout. The road will climb for a ways on the hillside and then continue climbing in the trees where there are some rocks to deal with as you climb. When you finally hit the top the descent is just amazing. very scenic as well. Very nice dirt and flowing single track. Gets a little technical in a few spots but otherwise pretty smooth. We had to walk through a 3 foot stream toward the end. Very fun.

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World Champ


August 12, 2011
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Strand Hill is one of the best little descents I have ridden in the Crested Butte area, and consequently it is one of the best little downhills I've ridden anywhere! It's swoopy up top with just amazing turns and excellent dirt. Further down it gets steeper, while still being pretty swoopy. More rocks and roots crop up along with some fun drops to bust off of. Definitely 5 stars!

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Gnarly


June 5, 2011
 
Review: sometimes the road up to strand is closed, its part of a ranch, so if it is just keep going and find the canal trail. Which is singletrack so its much better to ride and then take a right at strand bonus which is fun singletrack aswell! once your at the top It has great views of Condrum, Teocalli, and Castle Mountins! Along with wonderful views the down hill has a bit of everthing!

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Bunny Hop


September 5, 2008
bikecandy Bunny Hop  
 
Review: The road climb does have some very steep sections, but you can avoid some of the boring and steep section of Strand Hill by taking the Canal Trail to the Strand Bonus option. You get more great singletrack that way as well and basically T into Strand Hill about 3/4 of the way up that climb. The descent is one of the best around - maybe not long enough for some, but well worth it nonetheless. Another option to make it a great day is to take Upper Upper Trail (and any links like Tony's or Whetstone) either on the way to or on the way back from Strand/Canal.

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Gramcounter

September 10, 2006
R3 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Ferocious climb at the beginning, but the ride from the top is killer. Great scenery of Mount crested butte and the valley below. It rains alot in Crested Butte, so packing some rain gear would be a good idea.

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Strand Hill MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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