409 Trail / Walrod Gulch Mountain Biking

Southeast of town, the Trail #409 is a seven mile singletrack running between Cement Creek and Brush Creek Roads through lush aspens. The high point is 10,100 feet and the trail has 1200 of vertical. Be prepared for a stout ascent to Point Lookout, which offers incredible views of the Slate River Valley. The trail winds through Aspens stands and wildflower meadows before reaching the Strand Hill Trail.

To reach mountain biking at the northern terminus, you will need to start on the Strand Hill climb off Brush Creek Road. About halfway up the climb, veer right towards Ferris Creek Trail. About 0.5 miles towards Ferris Creek, look for the sign for Trail 409 on the right. Veer right on Trail 409 and be prepared to climb.

To reach the southern terminus from CB South, head east on Cement Creek Road for about 0.75 miles. The first access option is the Caves Trail. There is a small pull out on the right and sign for the trail on the left. It is a stout climb right off the bat heading straight up to the north. You will eventually reach the turn off for Trail #409 on the left. The second access option is about another mile east on Cement Creek Road. There is a sign for Walrod on the left and parking for about 2 cars. Head north on Walrod, veering left until you see the sign for Trail #409.

An alternate parallel route is Trail 409 1/2.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Gunnison National Forest (970) 641-0471; Crested Butte Visitors (800) 545-4505; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Dollys Trail Shuttle (970) 349-2620; Big Als Bicycle Heaven, Crested Butte (970) 349-0515.

Recommended Book:  "Mountain Bike Crested Butte" from Holly Annala

Recommended Map:  "Crested Butte Trail Map" from Kent Schulte

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Pioneer Cabins (970) 349-5517; Oh-Be-Joyful Campground; CB RV Resort (970) 349-6160

Luxury Loding:  Scarp Ridge Lodge, Crested Butte (866) 479-4677; Elk Mountain Lodge, Crested Butte (970) 349-7533

Breakfast Restaurant:  Izzy's Deli; Camp 4 Coffee

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.cbmba.org/

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Date Updated:  6/25/2016

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