Trail 401

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.63 out of 5
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Intermediate
14
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
9,737
elevation (ft)

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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 mudhunnySingletrack August 8, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Schofield Pass Road
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Reviews (59)
 

Trailblazer

July 26, 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 28, 2015
Rghjr7806 Trailblazer  
 
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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Doubletrack

November 21, 2014
mongwolf Doubletrack  
 
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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Gramcounter

August 18, 2014
manreet Gramcounter  
 
Review: E-P-I-C

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Trailblazer

August 9, 2014
GTechRacer Trailblazer  
 
Review: Absolutely AMAZING, its a perfect trail to do if you don't want to ride too much or if you want to connect with other trails. The descent is to dream about with the wildflowers and mountain views. It does require some good climbing at altitude but you can always take it easy if you are not in shape.

Similar Trail: Monarch Crest

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Granny Gear

July 2, 2014
 
Review: Did this ride today (7/2/14). Encountered many small snow fields toward the top of the road and the pass. As a novice intermediate, I found it quite challenging but was so glad we did it. Had to walk the bikes in some areas but had plenty of flowing trails through beautiful wildflowers, aspen groves, forests, etc. You definitely earn your beer on this one!

Similar Trail: Flume Trail, Incline Village, from Spooner Lake

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Bunny Hop

April 28, 2014
 
Review: This trail has all of the hype, so I am excited to ride it this summer. My father has ridden 401 many times and has told me all about how great it is. The views are super crazy from the pictures ive seen, and I'm sure they dont do it justice.The climbs will be great I'm super excited.

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Bunny Hop

April 28, 2014
 
Review: This trail has all of the hype, so I am excited to ride it this summer. My father has ridden 401 many times and has told me all about how great it is. The views are super crazy from the pictures ive seen, and I'm sure they dont do it justice.The climbs will be great I'm super excited.

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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.63 out of 5 based on 59 ratings. 59 user reviews.
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Riding One of the Nation's Best Mountain Bike Trails: Trail 401 in Crested Butte, CO
78 SHARES | 12 COMMENTS