Trail 401 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest, White River National Forest, and Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area. It is 7.7 miles long and begins at 9,824 feet altitude. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Schofield Pass viewpoint and the Schofield Pass (elevation 10,705 feet) saddle can be seen along the trail. There is also a spring along the trail.
Trail 401 Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you are only in Crested Butte for a day, this is the ride to do. Trail 401 has mind-boggling singletrack, spectacular views, and beautiful alpine wildflowers. This is easily one of the best rides in the Crested Butte area and is a must-do for any mountain bike fanatic. Do this ride! Tread: 5.1 miles on doubletrack and 9.4 miles on singletrack."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking Crested Butte (Falcon Guides).
"Crested Butte’s 401 Trail is legendary. With 360-degree views of the Elk Mountains and the Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness, elevations nearing 11,400 feet, supple singletrack that courses across wildflower-laden hillsides, roaring cascades down steep mountain slopes, and an alpine lake, this trail delivers Sound of Music–style scenery.
The descent from the route’s high point is equally gratifying for its “just-enough” technical terrain. And while this popular trail sees heavy traffic by mountain bikers and hikers alike—even Crested Butte’s chamber of commerce suggests that the 401 Trail is “the most popular stretch of singletrack in the valley”—its canonical status in the annals of mountain biking demand that you add it to your resume. Although such popularity might dissuade some from riding the famed 401, it stands as one of mountain biking’s best-loved trails—and for that alone, it should be done."
--Stephen Hlawaty, Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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