Crested Butte's 401 Trail is a great ride. It can be ridden several different ways, but I suggest two of them. The first way is to drive up past the old mining town site of Gothic and park at the Judd Falls parking area. From here you can ride up the dirt road to Schofield Pass and jump on the 401 trail to the right. After a challenging 1000 foot elevation gain in 1.5 miles you reach the top. Following the trails signs you will complete this 13.7 mile loop returning to your car. Total elevation gain is around 2,750 feet. The second option is to continue driving up past the Judd Falls trailhead until you reach the Rustler's Gulch trailhead. By parking here to start your loop, your ride is cut down to 8.5 miles and only a 1,650 feet elevation change. This way also cuts out the second climb towards the end of the full 401 Loop. On this particular day I had gone out to ride at 6:30pm doing the shorter loop to enjoy the last hours of sunlight before dark.
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