Trail 401

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4.59 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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Schofield Pass Road
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Reviews (73)
 

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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Bunny Hop

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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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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Gramcounter


March 22, 2016
nickc Gramcounter  
 
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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Trail 401 MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 73 ratings. 73 user reviews.
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