Trail 401

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4.64 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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  gfmtbkrcr   on Aug 31, 2014
  SpySki   on Aug 29, 2014
  1chitowntech   on Aug 25, 2014
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March 31, 2015
 
Review: A Crested Butte Classic and one of the prettiest trails in the world.

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November 21, 2014
 
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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September 3, 2014
 
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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August 18, 2014
 
Review: E-P-I-C

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August 9, 2014
 
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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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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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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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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March 22, 2014
 
Review: One of the best trails in Colorado. Easy climb up the 4wd road then sweet singletrack descent

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December 22, 2013
 
Review: Spectacular views is an understatement!! Very colorful in the summer with the wildflowers, greenery, and snow on the mountaintops. It is a lengthy drive to get here unless you live in Gunnison County, but well worth it. The dirt road up to 10,707-foot Schofield Pass (where 401 begins) is smooth but has a few sections of steep climbing. Plus if you go in September, you will be riding through a golden aspen canopy! The 401 singletrack is smooth with some technical sections and a couple of short portages. The initial climb is a true aerobic challenge with switchbacks through the forest. It takes you to a meadow above treeline where you are rewarded with an amazing view of Maroon Bells. It's a mix of fast downhill, technical sections, and short steep climbs after that. Overall this seems to define the ideal ride for the intermediate level rider. Unfortunately, 401 is usually only rideable in its entirety between early July and the end of September.

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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.64 out of 5 based on 57 ratings. 57 user reviews.
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Riding One of the Nation's Best Mountain Bike Trails: Trail 401 in Crested Butte, CO
56 SHARES | 12 COMMENTS