This trail, commonly called The Caves Loop, is a short non-motorized expert ride in Cement Creek. It has very steep climbs and descents, and is quite smooth. You can ride it from town on HWY 135, or start in Cement Creek.
Ride up Cement Creek Road 740 (6 1/2 miles south of Crested Butte, off HWY 135.) Pass Trail 409
/ Caves Trail and parking area and the Cement Creek Cabins turnoff. Turn left on a flat singletrack signed only with a user sign, 2.3 miles up CR 740. Follow it to Walrod Gulch Road
, just over 1/2 mile. (Stay left at the fork in the singletrack.) Turn left and climb Walrod Gulch Road
. Turn right 8/10's of a mile up this road on Trail 418, Walrod Cutoff. This singletrack continues to climb and then contours back above Cement Creek Road.
In less than two miles, the trail tops out at an intersection with Trail 409
that comes in on the right. (Trail 409
is a technical ride that joins Farris Creek Road and then Brush Creek Road.) For the Walrod Cutoff ride continue straight (or left.) There are great views along the way before you dive back down to Cement Creek Road on the steep switchback descent. These are in great shape due to the work of CBMBA volunteers a couple years ago. Right on the road takes you back to the highway.
Early Season and during rainy spells, please take care to walk your bike over any existing muddy sections to minimize trail damage.