401 Trail For Mountain Biking
The MOST popular mountain bike trail in Colorado.
Wednesday 17 August 2016 01:38 GMT
North of Crested Butte and Gothic, the Trail 401 provides the ultimate test of bike handling while running an exposed narrow ridge line along the Maroon Bells Wilderness boundary.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead for Trail 401 from town, follow Gothic Road (FS317) north through Gothic to the NFS Gothic Campground parking area (near Rustlers Gulch Road).
Continue riding on FS317 northwest for several miles. Just past Emerald Lake at Schofield Pass (10,700), Gothic Road becomes Schofield Pass Road leading down along the Crystal River into Marble. At the pass, Trail #401 begins climbing north onto the shoulder of Mount Bellview. Due to altitudes above 10,600 , romping through snow fields is typical until July. After this healthy ascent which crests to a panoramic view of the Bells, the Trail 401 begins a long rolling descent with many switch-backs through shoulder high wildflowers and skunk cabbage. There are unparalled views down the East River Valley toward Mount Crested Butte. At Rustlers Gulch Road, the trail crosses and proceeds for several miles down to Gothic. At Gothic, climb back up FS317 to the parking area.
Wanting more -- then consider a mountain bike ride up Trail #403 from the parking area to the vistas near the old Painter Boy mine.
How about another twist -- shuttle up to Schofield Pass to mountain bike ride the 401 and then in Gothic, pick up the Deer Creek Trail.
Overall, 401 Trail is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 178 mountain biking rides in Colorado. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby 401 Trail including Deer Creek Trail, Teocalli Ridge Trail, East Brush Creek / Trail 400, 409 Trail / Walrod Gulch, Timberline Trail and Doctors Park.