Butter Gap / Trail #123

4.40 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
The right (western) fork, which is open to mountain bikes, leads to FS 471D, which some riders use as part of a large loop; otherwise, they must backtrack down Butter Gap Trail. *The portion of the trail between Cat Gap Loop (#120) and Long Branch Trail (#116) is open to mountain bikes seasonally, from October 15 through April 15 only. This is to minimize safety concerns on a heavily used trail.
Approximate Elevation Change: 1000 feet
Blaze: Blue
added by KELLBELLGranny Gear
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (5)


October 22, 2016
mtndew24 Trailblazer  
Review: Really fun trail that is rooty and slightly washed out, but not too bad and gets flowier as you go down. There is a nice waterfall on the rightside on th lower section.

Granny Gear

October 14, 2016
jodpan Granny Gear  
Review: One of my all time favorite trails. Long climb, but totally worth it. The upper section of the downhill (before meeting up with Cat Gap trail where Longbranch trail connects) is sublime beyond description. The bottom half (through Picklesheimer fields and back to the fish hatchery) is just plain fun. However, this trail is not recommended for beginners.


January 9, 2015
Fit4Life28 Singletrack  
Review: Riding up this trail is no fun, however the ride back down is worth the sucky climb. Lots of roots, somewhat technical, bring your skills.


October 9, 2014
Robertrose Doubletrack  
Review: Very technical. Lots of rock and roots.

May 25, 2014
Review: Three miles of grueling climb from the hatchery, then some more climbing, then some more. Then you get these epic technical downhill sections which make the climbing completely worth it. Trail is very fun and challenging.

Butter Gap / Trail #123 MTB Trail 4.40 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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