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Strand Hill

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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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Oct 1, 2018
Melanie Stoeckle
Killer climb! I almost made it to the top and then got caught in a rainstorm, so had to skip the singletrack and go back down the way I came. 5.5mi — 1h 10m
Sep 29, 2018
Sarah Niemeyer
Sep 29, 2018
Kim Carpenter
Sep 24, 2018
David Spiegelberg
Sep 22, 2018
Stephanie Striefel
Up canal trail, up Bonus, Down Strand Hill proper; really beautiful, love to come back w/o packs; really liked this loop 7.5mi
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 — 1h 30m

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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
Absolutely LOVE this trail! Short and sweet, great trail to ride on a short day or combined with other areas. Sep 26, 2018
The decent on Strand and Strand bonus is worth the short, but big climb. Pair this up with upper and upper-upper from town for a nice ride. Sep 27, 2018

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