An out and back that will make you want more of it… the road out to Gothic is stunning and unparalleled in scenery and destination. Road out to Gothic is 3 miles, so 6 miles round-trip. Starting at the Snodgrass/Gothic Trailhead at the end of Gothic Road (parking very obvious, well signed, and trail info kiosk), Gothic road is a very popular summer route to the famous stuff, but in the winter it’s a non-motorized backcountry retreat in the East River Valley that takes you to the ‘ghost town’ of Gothic, since 1928 the home of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Getting out here is the treat in and of itself. Reserve a Gothic Cabin, access backcountry skiing, nordic ski or snowshoe, but hop on the fatty b/c CBMBA is grooming this one especially for Fat Bikes and linking up with the other popular Snodgrass and North Village Fat Bike amenities.
PARKING: Best place – the N. Village parking area, just at the very start of the N. Village Track. But you can also park right at the Snodgrass trailhead, end of Gothic Road, where this groomed portion of Gothic Road (FS #317) starts. A very obvious trailhead, complete with trail kiosks, bathrooms, and signage. Remember to respect all users out there, Gothic is a treasured corridor and sees the likes of all non-motorized users.
TIP: If you, as any form of user, are ‘punching in’ or damaging the track in any way, please consider use at another time, when it’s colder or the track is set better. And please clean up after your dog!
Gothic is a NON-motorized corridor! CBMBA is operating under special use permit with the Gunnison Ranger District. CBMBA is an equal opportunity service provider.
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