- Crested Butte
- 25 miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Elevation Change:
- 3000 feet
The 401 Trail is one of the best rides for a range ability levels in the Crested Butte area. The 401 Trail cuts through gorgeous alpine meadows, aspen groves and over several streams. Views on the 401 Trail are unparalleled, with impressive vistas of the Maroon Bells and the Elk Mountains.
The 401 Trail is accessed first by riding up a dirt roadway, which leads to Schofield Pass and the trailhead for the 401. The remainder of climbing and descent is on singletrack, with a couple of short downhills and climbs back uphill before the final long and beautiful downhill back to the bottom. The uphill gives a good workout but is never too steep to ride and the downhill is not too technical that an advanced beginner couldn’t hack it.
The elevation and length are the biggest factors on the 401 trail , and riders should judge their ability and fitness levels accordingly.
Ride up road and down trail
While riding any trail system it is a great idea to include a repair kit and first aid kit. The 401 Trail is a multi-use trail and hikers, horseback riders and other trail users may be seen along the way. Please be considerate on the trails and understand right of way protocol. 401 Trail is located in high elevation mountains and can experience sudden weather shifts, so riders should bring appropriate warm layers in anticipation of this.
From Crested Butte, ride north from town on Gothic Road. Make a right on 401 at Schofield Pass.