Hidden in the shadows of the world-famous Trail 401, Trail 403 is a rugged gem that offers experienced mountain bikers a thrilling yet intimate journey through Colorado's sublime backcountry. Located in Crested Butte, Colorado, this lesser-known trail boasts unique characteristics that are begging to be discovered by those craving steep, technical terrains and breathtaking vistas.
To experience Trail 403, head to Crested Butte. Once in town, follow Gothic Road to Washington Gulch Road. For camping options, you'll find suitable spots just off Washington Gulch Road (camping area details). Bike rentals are also available at multiple outlets in Crested Butte (rent bikes here).
Brace for steep ascents and descents laced with technical features. This trail, often described as a "love child of Trail 401 and Doctor Park," is challenging even for seasoned bikers. Whether it's rocks, roots, or mud, Trail 403 never ceases to throw curveballs your way, creating a dynamic and interactive riding experience.
The visual experience alone is worth the effort. As you traverse the trail, you'll encounter stunning views reminiscent of its more popular sibling, Trail 401—yet many argue that 403's panoramas are even more spectacular.
One advantage of being overshadowed by the popular Trail 401 is the solitude Trail 403 offers. Fewer riders mean a more personalized interaction with nature. The tranquility and the occasional encounter with wildlife amplify the ride's charm.
For those looking to make a day of it, combine Trail 403 with Trail 401 and Snodgrass. It's a long but rewarding day, rounded off perfectly by camping near Washington Gulch Road.
Trail 403 is more than a ride; it's an adventure that tests your mountain biking skills while rewarding you with magnificent views and solitude. Consider this your invitation to discover Crested Butte's hidden gem. Happy riding!