Trail 401

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.61 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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Reviews (70)
 

Granny Gear


September 14, 2016
 
Review: Would have been a five rating except for the extensive wash boarding that has arisen on sections of the trail. Still a great ride with marvelous views, switchbacks and vegetation.

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Gramcounter


September 9, 2016
cbrenth Gramcounter  
 
Review: The climb was muddy but the rest of the trail was great, too late for flowers and too early for golden aspen but it was still a fantastic ride. Thanks to the Handlebar Bike Shop for the shuttle to the top of Schofield Pass.

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Doubletrack


August 12, 2016
triton189 Doubletrack  
 
Review: This trail didn't disappoint, it was everything I heard about and more. Awesome long range views with flowers galore up to the handlebars. The initial climb is tough but worth it. Do this trail if you can!

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Granny Gear

July 31, 2016
Paulette Granny Gear  
 
Review: To finish my review...the downhill is wither very loose when not washboardy. My full suspension felt like a full rigid. It certainly wasn't worth the climb.

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Granny Gear

July 31, 2016
Paulette Granny Gear  
 
Review: Not really worth the effort. The 5 mile jeep road drive wasn't horrible (aside from the dust created by the high number of vehicles), but it was followed by another 2 miles of steep single track. Since I've ridden the trail before, none of this bothered me. However, the trail has been overused and has deteriorated. Normally

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Trailblazer

July 8, 2016
Gdb49 Trailblazer  
 
Review: This trail is truly special. It may not be the greatest ST in history, but it is a great trail and the beauty is unmatched. So, you can't get up to full speed because too many beautiful wildflowers are in your way??? Or because you are looking at all the amazing peaks or ponds. Are you kidding me with some of these complaints??? Ride this trail and smile and then go have a beer in CB!!!

Similar Trail: None!

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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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Trailblazer


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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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.61 out of 5 based on 70 ratings. 70 user reviews.
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