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Trail 401

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.60 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,000 ft
↓ 3,400 ft
9,737
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This is the BEST trail in Colorado! Start the long climb up on Gothic Rd for ~4.5 miles towards Schofield Pass. Turn right onto trail 401 to climb a little bit more on singletrack. At the top there are spectacular views, to the east you can see the Maroon Bells. From here, the scenery can't be beat... start the narrow singletrack downhill through fields of wildflowers and aspen groves. There are about two more steady climbs after the long downhill back to your car, take your time and enjoy the views!
added by Guest August 8, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

March 22, 2016
nickc Bunny Hop  
 
Review: This is the most iconic trail in the crested butte area, maybe not for just the riding though. The reason this trail is so special are the views and the time spent riding in the wide open on the side of the mountain! The flowers aren't to bad in the height of summer either.

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Gramcounter


March 12, 2016
 
Review: Washed out as of fall 2015, this trail sees a lot of snow but is till a classic of the CB area.

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Gramcounter


January 12, 2016
 
Review: Ahhh...the 401!

Coming from the flatlands, being out of shape and riding early in the season (July 5th) made for some serious obstacles but my wife and I were game. But overall this bucket list worthy trail is all I've ever wanted. Last time we were in Crested Butte was during the month of June a few years ago but most of the higher trails were unrideable. This time was still early in the season but it was a perfect day for riding! We headed up the road from the parking lot just north of Gothic, with a few obstacles, the first being some pretty deep water (by bike standards) in the road and then a very sizable snow patch that I could only ride half way through until we made it to the top of the pass (and totally out of breath.) And then it got tougher, the trail up was muddy in spots and snow covered in spots as well and steep. Lots of walking and riding and breaks but soon we were in a beautiful alpine meadow, and we decided to find a geocache and oh those views! Still some gradual up to the high point of the trail and then, you roll over and it's all downhill (or so I thought.) The mouth opening breathing turned to pure smiles as we're in the most beautiful valley on a perfect ribbon of singletrack with handlebar height wildflowers. Didn't go too fast, took lots of photos and video and just had a wonderful time. Almost everything was rideable (one step up rock wash out that I assume everyone has to walk) and the little runoff creeks weren't too bad and we were close to down before I even realized it. The trail marking got a touch sketchy when we hit an ATV trail and we went up before turning around and going down and seeing the trail in a stream. Crazy ride through the stream and I'm pretty worked, but then another few hundred feet of elevation gain topping out on a steep climb made me a little unhappy. Then we crossed a narrow bridge and then back down some and it was fun again! 13.2miles, 2250 ft climbing round trip. Took us 4 hours with lots of stops, snacks, photos, videos, etc, maybe 2:30 riding time for a couple unadapted undertrained Wisconsinites taking it slow!

Last real ride on my 26" Mongoose Canaan. This is a must do for any mountain bike enthusiast. Combine the scenery, backcountry feel, wildflowers, streams, wildlife, epic climb, fun singletrack and it's some of the most fun you can have on an XC bike.
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Similar Trail: Deer Creek

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Granny Gear

August 18, 2015
 
Review: Rode it Sunday 8/16 and it was quite the adventure! Made the mistake of parking in Mt. Crested Butte instead of driving up further to trail head. Would've been nice to ride a week or 2 earlier to see the wildflowers but temperature and scenery was great. √ been there done that!

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Gramcounter


August 10, 2015
Lee Harris Gramcounter  
 
Review: This trail wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Full review with video here.
http://getsomeadventures.com/crested-buttes-premier-mountain-bike-trail/

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Trailblazer


July 27, 2015
 
Review: Trail was a little less impressive than I was led to be. It's a very beautiful trail, but the tall wildflowers really don't allow one to get going to true speed because it limits the visibility. Not very technical at all. A solid blue. I wouldn't even call it a blue/black. Still very cool trail. Won't be in a hurry to do it again.

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Trailblazer


May 29, 2015
 
Review: The climb is relatively easy, with the exception of the last mile which has some very steep sections. The downhill is not what I expected. Racing down is not really possible unless you know the trail. Visibility is inhibited by the wildflowers, and there are several unexpected turns and switchbacks. Still, there is nothing quite like cruising through one of the most beautiful valleys you'll find anywhere, while wildflowers gently brush your fingers. This trail is about experiencing some of the other things that make life great, from the saddle of your bike. If you want to shred a trail, hit Doctor Park!

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Granny Gear

March 31, 2015
 
Review: A Crested Butte Classic and one of the prettiest trails in the world.

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Singletrack


November 21, 2014
mongwolf Singletrack  
 
Review: Beautiful scenery and really nice long DH. We rode the 401 three summers ago when it was so dry. The dust on the trail was so deep and lose it took away from the DH just a bit. I would like to ride it again in the future when the trail is in better shape.

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Gramcounter

September 3, 2014
SpySki Gramcounter  
 
Review: It just wasn't as AMAZING as I thought it would be. The steep 5 mile climb to the trailhead was a leg burner for me, then another 2-3 miles of steady climbing on singe track just wasn't worth the couple of minutes descending switchback after switchback on a hardtail 29er. Definitely recommend strong legs for the climbing and a full suspension bike. However, it did feel great knowing I climbed the road up instead of shuttling it. Try Lupine before you do this trail for a little intro.

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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.60 out of 5 based on 64 ratings. 64 user reviews.
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