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Strand Hill

 4.5 (82)

7.5 Miles 12.0 Kilometers



874' 266 m


-874' -266 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (14°)

9,752' 2,973 m


8,917' 2,718 m


Shared By Adam Kagy


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One of the best rides in the valley.

Adam Kagy

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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.


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 Canal 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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Sep 21, 2018
Ben Lewis
Loved it! The strand bonus was a nice extension as well.
Sep 21, 2018
Sep 8, 2018
Clark Sperry
Parked at end of ride. Took a lot of photos in the Aspens. 7mi
Sep 1, 2018
Deanna Brubaker
Aug 27, 2018
Joëlle Didone
Aug 22, 2018
Fehron Bivens
Couple of wet spots after last nights rain, but overall a good ride.
Aug 4, 2018
Corry Mando
Pretty aggressive climb to the top, and some very steep downhill sections. Tess had a brutal fall at the very end. 7.5mi
Jul 27, 2018
Jeff G

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Lauren Forcey
Dillon, CO
Lauren Forcey   Dillon, CO
Best way to ride this is to bike past Farris road and make a right on the unmarked singletrack. This the Canal trail. Bike up canal, then take Strand bonus up. This is all very ride able (and even enjoyable!) compared to the climb on Farris Creek road. Strand bonus drops you on Farris Creek road for a short grunt to the top. Then sweet singletrack all the way down Strand Hill. About 8.7 miles total. Enjoy. Jul 2, 2014
Rode this from the designated start on the road, up the jeep path, and into strand hill. One of the best decisions we made on our trip. We were exhausted from a ride earlier in the day so didnt want too much elevation gain and 800 was just about perfect. Being exhausted we were still able to ride the entire climb, but it was tough at some parts. Without a doubt the best short ride to end on in CB. The flow through the upper part of the trail is absolutely unbelievable, and it has jsut the right amount of technical terrain and dropoffs at the bottom to make it feel like a challenge technically as well. It felt like a miniature doctors park, and that was awesome. We said that we are going tocome back and lap it multiple times next time we are in CB. A must do! Oct 6, 2015
Great ride to familiarize yourself with Crested Butte. Not too long but kinda shows you what is in store for your bigger rides. Starts with a brutal climb followed by flowy singletrack in aspens and meadows. Aug 18, 2017

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