Crested Butte Mountain Biking: Farris Creek / 402: advanced medium length rides
Information & Conditions: Farris Creek / 402: advanced medium length rides
Status: Good to Go!
Current Conditions: June 15 - Farris is riding ok. There's water in the usual spots, they will last beyond when the regular water seeps are finished. 402/Strawberry - may be a rough creek crossing at the end, but the trail is coming around!
Farris Creek is a change of pace from the Strand Hill ride, and rolls through a beautiful valley below Doubletop Mountain. Farris and Trail 402 are both a little longer and a lot more technical than Strand Hill. Trail 402 should not be ridden until the snow melt has slowed, usually later in June but sometimes into July, as the creek crossings can be very dangerous.
Follow the directions to Strand Hill to start. Climb Farris Creek Road double track up and ride straight past the left of Strand Hill Road. Continue straight and up a short hill, through a gate, then down a quick hill. Stay left here, passing the Farris Creek Trail 409 and Trail 409.5 on the right. Continue up the beautiful wetland valley on the road. Cross Farris Creek and turn left on a signed singletrack shortcut. Rejoin the road in 1/3 mile. Next, pass the 402 Trail, marked only with two very large rocks. To continue to Farris Creek, stay left with the road. It gradually narrows to a singletrack. It will climb gradually to a fence (please close the gate behind you!), and then head downhill and through another gate. Enjoy the technical descent to the Strand Bonus Trail. Turn left and roll along smoothly except for some fun technical suprises and one steep climb. Pass the Strand Hill and Strand Bonus Trails, continuing straight onto the Canal Trail, for a twisty fast ride to the end at the water canal. Beware of riders coming the other way on the Canal Trail. Turn left and head back to town on Brush Creek Road.
If you choose to ride 402, you’re in for some climbing. A rowdy descent, a little more climbing, and a very technical downhill bring you to Brush Creek. Cross the creek and turn left on Brush Creek Road. After 8/10sof a mile of doubletrack, you’ll see a singletrack branching off on the left. This scenic trail follows Brush Creek, and involves some exposed side-hilling, but is usually all rideable and a lot shorter than the road. The trail becomes a grassy two track near the end, then rejoins Brush Creek Road. Either take the road all the way back to Highway 135, or turn left on the signed Trail 409 (at the junction of the two track and Brush Creek Road.) Descend to Brush Creek on 409(stay left when the trail splits.) Wade Brush Creek (it can be extremely swift in the spring, be careful!!) and ride on Trail 409 until it’s intersection with the Farris Creek Trail. Ride straight ahead onto the Canal Trail, and stay with this back to Brush Creek Road. You will pass the Strand hill and Strand Bonus Trails coming in from the left.
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