North of Crested Butte, the 3 mile Snodgrass Trail is a local favorite mountain bike route. It has scenic views of Mt. Crested Butte and has plenty of wildflowers in May and June. Most of the locals start this mountain bike ride in town and mountain bike ride up the eastern trailhead, then mountain bike ride east to west and end up on Washington Gulch Road. This results in about 8 miles of road added to the 3 miles of trail for about a 1.5 hour mountain bike ride with about 600 feet of vertical climbing. Up on Snodgrass Mountain, there are numerous side trails to explore.
To reach the eastern trailhead from town at the 4-Way, head north on SR135 (aka 6th Street) to Teocalli Avenue. Turn right heading east to the Rec Path. Follow the Rec Path north up the mountain into Mount Crested Butte. Continue north on SR135 (aka Gothic Road) past the ski area for another mile. Just past Fantasy Ranch stables, there is a signed trailhead on the left (west) side of the road.
At the trailhead, cross the fence and continue west up the dirt road. At the top of the dirt road, you will see the signed singletrack trail heading towards Washington Gulch. Continue up on singletrack winding across the mountain heading west. The trail rolls through meadows and aspen forests with numerous vista points. Keep an eye out for barbed wire fences along the way. Just before reaching Washington Gulch Road, cross another fence and then follow singletrack back parallel to fence down a nice descent and out to Washington Gulch Road. Turn left heading southeast on Washington Gulch Road for about 1.5 miles back to SR135. Turn right heading south back into Crested Butte.
Note: Since this trail crosses some private property, it is subject to seasonal closures for cattle grazing. The current status is posted at the trailheads.
Note: This mountain has been proposed for ski area expansion which would dramatically affect the trail system. Please voice your opinions on the loss of these trails to the Gunnison National Forest Supervisor.
Overall, Snodgrass Trail is the 60th most popular mountain bike trail of all 175 mountain biking rides in Colorado.