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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Farris Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,760 Feet (2730.7 Meters) Farris Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,230 Feet (383.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters) Farris Creek Road
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.5 Kilometers) to Farris Creek Road #736
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131 Crested Butte, Pearl Pass
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Cement Mtn., Crested Butte
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The northern terminus of the Farris Creek Trail is accessible from Farris Creek Road a branch from Brush Creek Road. This trail is most popular with mountain bikers. Users of Farris Creek Trail might experience difficulty due to lack of signs and an unmaintained trail.

From Farris Creek Road the trail dips into the Farris Creek drainage the quickly begins to climb. The trail continues to climb for more than two miles. Approximately two miles from Farris Creek Road the Double Top Trail meets Farris Creek Trail. Shortly after this intersection Farris Creek Trail reaches its high point of 10,000 feet. The trail remains at 10,000 feet for almost a half mile then steeply descends into the Cement Creek drainage with many switchbacks. The southern terminus of the trail is the Farris Creek Trailhead located at an elevation of 8,760 feet.

Directions from Cement Creek Road: From Crested Butte travel six miles south on Highway 135. Turn left on to Cement Creek Road and travel two miles to the Farris Creek Trailhead.

Directions from Brush Creek Road: Travel two miles south of Crested Butte on Highway 135 to Brush Creek Road, Forest Road 738. Turn left and travel three miles east on Brush Creek Road to Farris Creek Road, 736. Turn left and travel one mile east on Farris Creek Road to Farris Creek Trail.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Farris Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Farris Creek Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Farris Creek Trail

Related Activities
Brush Creek Road #738 - This road is a popular route for off-road vehicles, including mountain bikes, between Aspen and Crested Butte. The road is extremely technical when it nears Pearl Pass.

Cement Creek - The Cement Creek source lies on Mount Tilton in the Elk Mountains east of Crested Butte. It offers good fishing of brown and brook trout.

Cement Creek Road #740 - This road follows Cement Creek it's entire distance. It is a popular, but remote area for many types of summer and winter recreation opportunities.

Farris Creek Road # 736 - Farris Creek Road is a short four-wheel drive road that provides access to a series of mountain biking and hiking trails between Brush and Cement Creeks.

Farris Creek Trailhead - Farris Creek Trailhead lies two miles north of Highway 135 on Cement Creek Road. It provides access to heavily used multi-use trails between Cement and Brush Creeks.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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