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Strand Hill

Consensus:    (details)
 4.4 from 14 votes
blue  Intermediate from 4 votes
Rank: #11 in the Crested Butte and Gunnison area
#31 in CO, #188 Overall
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Dec 15 Red - Snowy
Featured Ride near Crested Butte,  area, 
“One of the best rides in the valley.”
Adam Kagy on May 8, 2013
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4.57.3 milesKilometers 857’261 m Ascent 9,762’2,975 m High 7% Avg Grade (4°)
80% Singletrack -881’-269 m Descent 8,961’2,731 m Low 35% Max Grade (19°)
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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COMMENTS
OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
5.0 (1)
Great views, a fun, moderately technical descent and a bonus descent on Strand.
near Crested Butte, CO
4.8 (6)
A life-changing 485 mile ride on the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango.
near Columbine Valley, CO
4.7 (39)
A local favorite with a tough grind of a climb, then fast, flowy singletrack ...
near Crested Butte, CO

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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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