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Farris Creek and Strand Bonus Loop Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Farris Creek and Strand Bonus Loop Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crested Butte, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,371 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


nature trips


bird watching



2 months ago

8/12/19: Seems like the last few times my family & I did this trail (ranging from 2013-2019), we got lost and somehow ended 5 or 6 miles from our car. I can’t remember if there were less markings but this time around was definitely a lot easier, navigation-wise. We went backwards, so we veered off onto Strand Bonus Loop and then later connected with Farris Creek. We liked this backwards way a lot more than the past few times. If going backwards, the beginning will be rolling & then a steep incline (at least steep for south Texas people). After that, however, it’s basically a slow decline. We took our two dogs & they loved it! Beware: we got fairly close to being charged to several herds of cows, even though we veered off the path. Might’ve been our dogs though, we felt pretty safe anyways.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Hiked on 11/04/17. No parking where All Trails begins. Have to park at the Brush Creek TH 1 mile prior. So add 2 miles RT. Some snow, rain, fog, and a little sun made for a very pleasant November walk in the woods. Never saw another person! Didn't know there'd be splendid views of Teocali, as it was too foggy in the morning to realize it should be visible from the parking lot. But near the end of the big descent, the weather cleared and the peak showed itself. Magical! Would recommend this hike in the winter, but wouldn't waste a Summer day in CB doing measly little this one. Besides, in the Summer it's probably crowded by bikers.

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