Added by J.J. Benson
Flowy downhillLess crowdedOpen earlier in the season than other surrounding trailsDistance: 4.5 MilesElevation gain: 860 feet
Strand Hill is a Crested Butte local favorite -- and for good reason.
While the trail is a loop system, there are two different ways you can do the climb:
The first way is by riding up Farris Creek Road (an old Jeep trail). The trailhead will start at the interception of Brush Creek Road and Ferris Creek Road. This option offers a slightly shorter climb with a much steeper grade. The ride up Farris Creek Road will wind along the hillside overlooking Brush Creek and the valley. After the first part of the climb, you will come to a fork where you will continue left up the jeep trail and on to the summit.
The other option is to travel another 0.5 miles up Brush Creek Road and access the Canal trail (singletrack). This is where the loop system will dump you out regardless of which way you start. To access Canal trail you will cross a small meadow and then an irrigation ditch (which is flush with water during parts of the summer), and continue on to the singletrack path/Canal Trail, which is designated at the top of the hill after the ditch crossing. You will stay on the trail for another mile until you come across a sign for "Strand Bonus Trail". Take a right to continue climbing through open meadows and Aspen groves. Eventually you will intersect with the jeep trail where you will take a left and continue up until you reach the summit.
The summit will open up to a wildflower meadow with views of Teocalli, Castle, and Conundrum Mountains.
The downhill will plunge you through Aspen groves, wooded areas, and a rock feature. Shortly after the rock feature you will climb a short steep hill and then reach an intersection with "Strand Bonus Trail". Take a left and rejoin the Canal Trail for more fast single track before dropping back down to Brush Creek Road. If you took the Canal Route for the ascent, this will look very familiar to you.
Other considerations/ Recommendations:
Cars can be parked on on the grassy shoulder between Brush Creek Road and the neighboring fence line. There is more space to park where the Canal Trailhead begins. It works well to park here regardless of which climb is taken because this is where the loop system ends.
Cattle often graze here. Be careful of cattle on the trail and be sure to close gates behind you.
This makes an incredible fall ride due to the surrounding Aspen populations.
- Mountain Bike
- Water/ Hydration System
- Rain jacket
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