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Strand Hill

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 4.5 from 12 votes
  Intermediate from 3 votes
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Rank: #4 in Crested Butte and Gunnison
#21 in Colorado
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“One of the best rides in the valley.”
Adam Kagy on May 8, 2013
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4.5 Miles 80% Singletrack 857’ Ascent -881’ Descent 8,961’ Low 9,762’ High
Overview
One of the best bang for your buck flowy downhills that doesn't receive much traffic compared to the popular 401 trail.
Need To Know
The canal can be a bit high during early summer so bikes may have to be walked through when exiting via the canal trail. Always close the cattle guards behind you.
Description
3 1/2 miles out Brush Creek Road from its intersection with Hwy 135, Farris Creek Road climbs up a hill to the right. The big climb starts here.

Approx 3/4 mi into the dirt road climb you'll come to a trail intersection which should be signed. You'll want to take a left to keep climbing up to Strand. Another 1/2 mile after this you'll come to another intersection which is also signed. Left will take you on the Strand Bonus trail, but you'll want to take a right to stay on the road climbing higher.

Eventually you'll go through a cattle guard and the road will flatten and turn into singletrack where there's a meadow. Rest here, as the downhill fun is about to begin. After a wonderful downhill romp in the aspens, the trail drops between some tight aspens and over a short rocky section, makes a hard right turn and climbs a short steep hill. Not far after this you'll come to an intersection with the Ferris cCreek trail, take a left here.

The next intersection comes not too far up the trail, stay straight here to finish off with more downhill back to the canal crossing.
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Recent Conditions
Jun 1
Mostly dry with muddy patches on both Strand and Strand bonus from run off.
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Dry
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COMMENTS
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PHOTOS of Strand Hill
 3.3 from 3 votes
Upper portion of the Ferris Creek Road "jeep trail" climb. (Crested Butte, CO)
 3.0 from 4 votes
meadow near the top and end of the uphill on strand (Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Smooth rolling descent at Strand. (Mount Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Top of Strand looking at Teocalli mountain (Crested Butte, CO)
 2.7 from 3 votes
Overlooking the interception of Brush Creek road and the initial portion... (Crested Butte, CO)
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