North of Crested Butte, the 3 mile Snodgrass Trail is a local favorite. It has scenic views of Mt. Crested Butte and has plenty of wildflowers in May and June. Most of the locals start this ride in town and ride up the eastern hiking trailhead, then 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 ride with about 600 feet of vertical climbing.
To reach the eastern trailhead from town at the 4-Way, head north on SR135 (aka 6th Street) 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.
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 21st most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.