Trail 401

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.58 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!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Is this a rocky / technical trail? -Guest

A: Generally not, but you should have advanced skills...

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Q: best time to ride -Guest

A: In spring when the wild flowers are in bloom or in the fall when the aspens are golden.

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Reviews (75)
 

World Champ


September 19, 2017
 
Review: I rode Trail 401 in the usual way - as part of a loop starting and ending at the trailhead on Gothic Road just past Gothic. The 5 mile climb up Gothic Road to Schofield Pass where the trail begins is easy. From there its 1.4 miles of steep singletrack to the trail summit at almost 11,400 feet. Unless you're fit and strong you'll do some pushing. The terrain is surprisingly rounded and un-alpine - you're not surrounded by jagged peaks. Soon you're descending fast along the hillside with exposure on your right and beautiful views up ahead. All too soon you'll descend through some switchbacks and aspen groves with a bit of rock garden action till you'll reach Rustler's Gulch having descended about 1600 feet. From Rustler's Gulch you can exit to Gothic Road or you can continue on 401 which regains about 500 feet on cattle track and 4wd track before descending to the car park... ... I know that Trail 401 is one of the most highly rated mountain biking trails in the world but I think it is much over-rated. Here is why... *** It's normally ridden as a loop. The ride up Gothic Road and the last three miles from Rustler's Gulch have little merit. That's over half the ride... *** Total distance is less than 14 miles. Total altitude gain-regain is less than 2300 feet as measured by Strava. It's not an epic ride. It won't leave you with the elation of a challenge surmounted. *** The gradual descent along the side of the big glacial valley is gripping and beautiful. But it's quickly over and it doesn't have the breathtaking beauty of nearby Maroon Bells for example. Trail 401 has excellent scenery but it's not top echelon... *** The best part of the ride is a cross-country hiking trail. It's not a purpose built mountain bike trail with lots of fun technical features... ... Still, 401 does have a certain magic and is a good ride - just not outstanding.

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Gnarly


August 23, 2017
 
Review: I rode this for the first time in 4 years. This is still one of the most beautiful places on earth. The upper 401 will blow your mind. The lower section? Still kind of mediocre with lots of work for not much payoff.

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Gnarly


July 25, 2017
 
Review: Great trail with a hell of a dirt road climb to the top. This trail does have lots of speed, but with the flowers being handlebar height it's hard to see the trail 2-6' in front. Probably could go faster if the brush was cut back, it would be safer too.

Similar Trail: Monarch Crest

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Bunny Hop

November 28, 2016
RonMexico Bunny Hop  
 
Review: To be perfectly honest, I found this trail a little underwhelming. Maybe it was all the hype. I don't know. If your in the area and you have time, by all means do it, and see for yourself. Then after you've marked it off the bucket list, head over to Doctor Park or Strand Hill. I liked both of these a lot better. I've heard good things about Reno/yada yada yada as well. One thing I will say for 401 is that the views are second to none.

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Gramcounter

October 12, 2016
 
Review: Crested Butte classic all around. Hit this in wildflower season and it will blow your mind. Blur of color with spectacular mountain views. A must ride!

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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.

Similar Trail: Doctors Park

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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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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 75 ratings. 75 user reviews.
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