To do this as a loop ride, we started out at the old mining town site of Gothic and settled in for the long gravel/mud road ride to Schofield pass.
|On the road to Schofield pass.|
|Emerald Lake was more of a turquoise color on this day.|
|The top of the ride on the 401 trail above Schofield Pass.|
|Mount Bellview, and is that a glacial moraine in the foreground? I never noticed it until I looked at this picture. I was too concerned that day about getting down off the high country.|
|That's Gothic Mountain to the right and smiley Drew to the left.|
|This part of the trail was marked on the map as "impassable to horses". It was damn near impassable to mountain bikers too.|
|Not many wildflowers in bloom this time of year, but the fall colors were nice nonetheless. The relatively easy trail allowed us opportunity to marvel at the scenery.|
|Those are some seriously nasty trail conditions.|
|Not a happy place to ford.|
|I'm a wimp for not riding this, but it was slippery!|
|Obligatory smiling selfie complete with amazing scenery and goofy bike attire.|
|We managed to avoid a major deluge and see the grand vistas.|
|Happy Dewey awaits at the end of the trail.|
|Mount Crested Butte.|
The day's stats: 3 hrs 1 min ride time. 13.2 miles. 2402 feet of climbing.