J.J. Benson

  • Crested Butte: Ride the Iconic 401 Trail

    There are many reasons Crested Butte is famous for its single track and the 401 trail tops that list with its endless views of Colorado's spectacular Maroon Bells and Elk Range and its fast and flowy downhill that winds you through majestic backdr...

  • Hike the West Maroon Pass in the Maroon Bells

    West Maroon Pass – one of the four passes in the Four Pass Loop gives you the wow factor of hiking in the Maroon Bells Wilderness in a day-hike format.West Maroon Pass can be accomplished in a number of ways:Hiking Crested Butte to Aspen (10.5 mil...

    10.5 miles

  • Mountain Bike Strand Hill

    Strand Hill is a Crested Butte local favorite -- and for good reason.While the trail is a loop system, there are two different ways you can do the climb:The first way is by riding up Farris Creek Road (an old Jeep trail). The trailhead will start ...

  • Overnight at the Maroon Hut

    Winter access to Maroon Hut in the historical Gothic townsite is by ski or snowshoe only. The ski out is 4 miles one way on moderate terrain to the Gothic Townsite, or roughly 1.5-2 hours depending on conditions.Vehicles can be left overnight at t...

    8 miles

  • Bike the Lower Loop

    While the trailhead for Lower Loop actually begins a mile and a half up Peanut Lake Road, travelers should start the trip from the town of Crested Butte, or by leaving vehicles in the designated parking area on the right hand side of the road, sho...

  • Hike to Crested Butte's Scarp Ridge

    Middle Loop Approach, one of a few ways to hike Scarp Ridge, starts out on an old logging trail. The trail then opens up into a field, which is often packed with wildflowers, depending on time of year. At the first fork, continue left, at which po...

  • Mountain Bike the Green Mountain Loop

    Skip the bar and spend happy hour hiking/biking this fun and easy loop. With convenient access from the Denver-Metro Area, this spot is perfect for a quick ride after work, or hike with your dog.The park has three parking lots, and the trail can b...

  • Hike the Kalalau Trail to Hanakāpī‘ai Falls

    The Kalalau trail begins at Ke`e Beach in Ha'ena State Park which is at the very end of Route 56 (Kauai's coastal road) on Kauai's north shore.While the full hike is 4 miles each direction, there are two separate parts to the hike.Part 1: The tr...

    8 miles 600 ft gain