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Snodgrass Trail #590

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

3.0 mile 4.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 548' 167 m
Descent: -158' -48 m
High: 9,978' 3,041 m
Low: 9,506' 2,898 m

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Amber Scott

Start from either trailhead to meander through aspens and meadows along the south side of Snodgrass Mountain.

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Closes mid-August for seasonal cattle grazing.

Need to Know

Both trailheads have signs indicating trail status—please abide by seasonal trail closures! This trail crosses private ranch land, Gunnison National Forest land, and land owned and conserved by a collaboration between the Crested Butte Land Trust and the Town of Mt. Crested Butte, so access depends upon respectful trail user behavior. Snodgrass Trail is quite popular throughout the spring and summer with bikers, hikers, and runners, so stay alert and keep trail etiquette in mind.

Description

To access the Washington Gulch Trailhead, turn off of Gothic Road and follow Washington Gulch Road for three miles. The paving ends at 2.5 miles, but continue over the cattle guard, along the well-maintained dirt road for another 0.5 miles until you see a sign for the trailhead on the right side of the road. Parking is on the left side of the road, about 300 feet up the road, north of the trail sign.

To access the Gothic Trailhead, follow Gothic Road two miles north of the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area until the paving ends at a cattle guard. Parking and a sign for the Snodgrass Trail are on the left side of the road. Use the stile to cross the fence and continue up the Snodgrass Road doubletrack for 0.5 miles until you reach another fence crossing and a marked trail junction. Turn left off of the road to follow the Snodgrass Trail singletrack (riders can continue up the rough doubletrack road all the way to the heavily wooded peak of Snodgrass Mountian, but the singletrack presents a far more scenic and entertaining option).

The Snodgrass Trail is mostly mellow, rolling singletrack, with a couple of steeper pitches and some mildly technical sections with rocks and roots. Frequent use and excellent signage make the trail easy to follow. Start from either trailhead for a great out and back ride, or, from the east side of Gothic Road, you can easily connect to Lower Meander and all the summer Mt. Crested Butte trails. While Crested Butte summers tend to stay fairly mild, the midday sun can be intense, so Snodgrass presents an excellent shaded option. The views, the flowers, and the forest are always stunning—enjoy!

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Yeah, the scenery doesn't suck in Crested Butte!
Apr 8, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Beautiful day for a ride on Snodgrass!
Jul 5, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Love riding singletrack through aspen sections!
Oct 12, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Aspen trees, Mount Crested Butte, and an awesome trail.
May 29, 2018 near Crested…, CO
Lupine madness!
Nov 28, 2012 near Crested…, CO
Snodgrass (with Teddy's) from west to east
Jun 9, 2018 near Crested…, CO

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