Snodgrass

Crested Butte

Flowy black dirt winds its way through an aspen grove at the base of Snodgrass Mountain.

Mountain Biking Moderate

Distance
9.2 km
Ascent
259 m
Descent
259 m
Low Point
2.9 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
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Description

This classic local route offers up smooth black dirt singletrack winding through a gorgeous aspen grove on the flanks of Snodgrass Mountain. Where the trail passes through meadows, gorgeous wildflowers provide a colorful carpet. The upper reaches of the trail provide beautiful views of Mount Crested Butte, Whetstone Mountain, and the valley below.

Thanks to the mellow grade, the Snodgrass Trail is the perfect out-and-back route. Enjoy the sweet singletrack and deep woods in both directions with an easy pedal up, and then rip back downhill on the oh-so-flowy singletrack! On your downhill rip, just be sure to keep an eye out for uphill traffic.

Overall this singletrack is about as beginner friendly as you'll find in Central Colorado. The nearby Lower Loop is even easier due to a negligible amount of elevation gain, but however you slice it, Snodgrass is both easy and fun—a winning combination for newbie riders!

Snodgrass crosses some private ranch land and as a result, a seasonal closure begins every year on August 14, according to Travel Crested Butte. The trail reopens in late spring to public access.

While the short season on this trail can be a bit of a downer, when you DO get to pedal Snodgrass, it's a true treat!

Sources: https://travelcrestedbutte.com/crested-butte-trails-snodgrass-trail/

Difficulty

Moderate

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July

Features

  • Flow
  • Roots

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