Trail 401

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain695ft
Trailhead Elevation9,824ft
Elevation Min/Max9824/10203ft
Elevation Start/End9824/9824ft

Trail 401

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. This trail connects with the following: Rustler Gulch Road and Schofield Pass Road.

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Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"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."

Trail 401 Trip Reports

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A fantastic ride, the climb is well rewarded with excellent fast but bumpy singletrack.
fantastic 360 degrees scenery, sweet switchbacks and lots more make this an excellent and highly recommended ride.
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An amazing but highly technical single-track ride with incredible views of the mountains and the Crested Butte valley.
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This trail is by far one of my top 10 favorite trails. the views are spectacular!! Once on the single track is an epic trail and a classic for the Butte area. A near perfect balance of climbing and downhill make this a great afternoon jaunt, but watch out for the dusty road climb on busy weekends and holidays. One on the single track, climb a bit more like a wild mustang then enjoy one of the great high alpine rides of the Butte area!
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If you do the loop, the ride up the 4x wheel drive road is dusty with passing of cars. Once on the trail no one will be disappointed. The initial climb is steep in parts on a good single track. The views from the top are stunning and the downhill ride is even better.

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Trail Information

Gunnison National Forest
Nearby City
Maroon Bells–Snowmass Wilderness Area
Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), Crested Butte; (970) 349-7324;
Local Contacts
USGS Gothic, Oh-Be-Joyful, Snowmass Mountain, and Maroon Bells; Trails Illustrated map #131: Crested Butte, Pearl Pass; regional trail maps available online at, as well as through the Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Pages 58 A 1–2 and 46 D 1–2.
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