- Crested Butte
- 8 miles
- Aerobic Difficulty:
- Time To Allow:
- 1 - 2 hours
- Elevation Change:
- 1000 feet
Strand Hill is a great late day ride, offering a non-technical aerobic workout for riders pressed for time. Strand Hill is basically one big uphill followed by one big downhill.
Strand Hill sticks to the trees, featuring sections of both jeep road and flowy singletrack through aspen groves and mountain meadows. The climbing can be steep in areas and due to looseness of the trail surface, hiking with the bike may be necessary.
Can bail on side trail to decrease length
Time To Allow:
Depends on aerobic fitness
While riding any trail system it is a great idea to include a repair kit and first aid kit. The Strand Hill 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. The Strand Hill 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, take 135 south to Brush Creek Road. Go left on Brush Creek and take a right onto Farris Creek-Cold Creek Road after about 3 ½ miles. Climb to the T intersection at the end of this steep road and take a left. This is the Strand Hill Trail. Follow double track up the hill, past the first singletrack spur (Strand Bonus Trail-Can bail here if need be) to the next obvious singletrack on the left. This is the start of the downhill. Ride ends back on Brush Creek Road.