Strand Hill / Farris Creek For Mountain Biking
The 91st most popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.
Friday 8 July 2016 04:07 GMT
Southeast of Crested Butte, the Strand Hill area has an amazing singletrack trail network.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Crested Butte, head south on SR135 to Brush Creek Road (Skyland entrance). Turn left heading east on Brush Creek Road (initially paved but then turns to dirt). About 0.5 miles beyond the bridge over the river, there is a small unsigned parking area on the righthand side of the road. Park here.
Continue riding east on Brush Creek Road for about 0.4 miles. There is a sharp right hand turn on a dirt road heading up Strand Hill. This provides access to the three main trails: Strand Hill Trail, Strand Bonus Trail and Farris Creek Trail. At the first intersection in the dirt road, turn left to access either Strand trail or continue straight for the Farris Creek Trail.
The Strand Bonus Trail is the shortest and easiest route. It has nice rolling singletrack that gently descends the side of Strand Hill through mixed aspen and meadows down to the Canal Trail. Turn left on the Canal Trail to return to Brush Creek Road.
The Strand Hill Trail requires climbing a good ways up Strand Hill into aspen forest, though not to the top. The trail veers to the left off the road (signed). The route has many steep sections that may require walking down. The trail is not too rocky and is incredibly enjoyable as it rolls and winds down the hill. After 2 miles, it intersects with the Strand Bonus Trail. Turn left and stay to the right to reach the Canal Trail which leads back to Brush Creek Road.
The Farris Creek Trail starts gently descending a dirt road which continually becomes less trafficed and narrows to a singletrack. The route is mainly through meadows along Farris Creek. As the route becomes singletrack, the trail gently climbs through meadows for a good distance. Crossing a low saddle, the route enters aspen forest. Beyond the saddle, the trail descends steeply through a rocky, rutted area which may require walking the bike. At the bottom, the trail intersects with the Strand Bonus Trail. Turn left on Strand Bonus and stay to the right to reach the Canal Trail which leads back to Brush Creek Road.
Overall, Strand Hill / Farris Creek is the 91st most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Strand Hill / Farris Creek including Deer Creek Trail, 401 Trail, Teocalli Ridge Trail, East Brush Creek / Trail 400, 409 Trail / Walrod Gulch and Timberline Trail.