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Strand Hill



7.5 mile 12.0 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack


Ascent: 874' 266 m
Descent: -874' -266 m
High: 9,752' 2,973 m
Low: 8,917' 2,718 m


Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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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.

Large parking lot at Brush Creek Trail with ~1 mile of perfectly flat road to the start of Farris Road (nice stretch before the immediate uphill climb).
Limited parking at obvious off-road pull-offs between Farris and Canal Trail.
Parking on the shoulder/road is subject to tickets.


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 5, 2019
Michelle Titone
Aspen groves and anniversary! 7.1mi — 1h 42m
Oct 4, 2019
Todd Van Selus
Sep 28, 2019
Justin Voorhees
Wife and I did the trail in the morning. Leaves were in full fall bloom. — 2h 30m
Sep 14, 2019
Melissa Nesavich
Sep 8, 2019
Patrick Burns
Grind, then enjoy sooo much forested smoothness. A great easier trail ride.
Aug 31, 2019
Andy Librande
Aug 18, 2019
Stanley Moore
Jul 30, 2019
Lou Hibbard

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Wildflowers...are you kidding me!
Sep 22, 2015 near Crested…, CO
Follow the leader, with Teocalli looming in the distance on the Canal Trail.
Jul 26, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Strand Hill in the fall.... one of the best in the Crested Butte area
Sep 26, 2019 near Crested…, CO
It doesn't get much better in the fall than Strand Hill
Sep 25, 2017 near Crested…, CO
The singletrack on Strand Hill is truly amazing - a must ride in CB!
Jul 26, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Riding a short technical section lined with rocks & roots!
Oct 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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