Deer Creek Trail - Trail, Crested Butte, Colorado

Deer Creek Trail - Trail, Crested Butte, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

About 20 miles consists of road (mostly unpaved) and double-track, and about 10 miles consists of singletrack. From the intersection of Hwy 135 and Brush Creek Road, you climb moderately at first and even descend a bit, but climb more steeply on doubletrack later before reaching the singletrack portion. The singletrack begins with a descent and a hard climb to ~10,635 feet. Then, after you descend some more, you again climb to ~10,380 feet. After that, you descend switchbacks and pass a dry lake on your way to Gothic Road. When you reach the road, you can ride north into Gothic for a break or south back to Crested Butte.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 09, 2010]
sajama
Cross Country Rider

Best done as a 29 mile loop from the Fourway stop in town, and from Brush Creek to Gothic. see mbpost.com for pics and description.

Similar Products Used:

Reno Flag Bear Deadman

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 28, 2007]
ColoMtnBiker
Cross Country Rider

I put off riding this trail for years because I had heard mixed reviews but I finally rode it a week ago. Ehhhh. I can't say that I enjoyed it too much. My senses got flooded with the smell of cows and cow crap, and I just hate riding Brush Creek Road. It was a lot of miles and the climb from Brush Creek up to the high point pretty much kicked my butt near the end. There were some nice downhills and the views (other than the cows) were good. But it could have been any other long ride. Nothing special. I feel kind giving it 3 stars. If you are in Crested Butte and you want that long ride that just gets your smile going and adrenaline going, ride 401 from town and do the Upper or Snodgrass along the way.

Customer Service

I think riding the singletrack northward would be better than starting from Gothic. Just a guess though.

Similar Products Used:

401, Upper, Snodgrass, Upper Upper, Dyke Trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 17, 2007]
CB Girl
Cross Country Rider

Rode the morning bus to Gothic, cuts out alot of road time, fun smooth rolling singltrack, big climbs and then big descents, short 4 wd road climb out to a jeep road that descends to Brush Creek.

Customer Service

Would definitely reccomend taking the Gothic bus if you don't like the road time.

Similar Products Used:

All

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 15, 2006]
alman
Cross Country Rider

Dont rider this trail as of mid Sept. Over run by cattle They have destroyed the trail. How sad

OVERALL
RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 03, 2006]
ReichC
Cross Country Rider

Climbing and more climbing. Never really get to that epic downhill. Don't waste all your energy on the singletrack as there is still one road climb to get you back home.

Customer Service

town to brush creek road to gothic and back to town

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 21, 2004]
Vaughn
Weekend Warrior

Late August rode from Gothic to Brush Creek. This is more of a butt kicker than one would think from looking at the topo map. About 10 or 11 miles of singletrack, some is awesome, some is grueling. Not all is rideable up, but all is rideable down. Great views to the south as it works its way in and out of aspen groves. I had to hike about three sections, all which took 10 minutes or so of trudging. It is great singletrack terrain. Beggars can't be choosers, but I would love to see a few of those steep sections re-routed. Would help with erosion as well as make it legitimately rideable. Overall I was pretty pleased with the trail. I wish it would end up as singletrack descent all the way into Brush Creek. What happens is you climb out of some private property on fireroad and then just bomb down a fun fireroad for about 1 or 2 miles to the more sedate Brush Creek dirt road. Singletrack pitching down the side would be more fun. Probably all private around there. What do I know.

Customer Service

Clockwise from Gothic to Brush Creek, but you'll get good downhill and required hiking either direction.

Similar Products Used:

All of them, this is the mecca.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 11, 2004]
Bikinfoolferlife
Cross Country Rider

Rode it clockwise, from Gothic to Brush Creek, last year. Rode it counter-clockwise this year...clockwise is the way to go to maximize fun singletrack downhill. Starting with Upper Loop (and Upper Upper if you want to abuse yourself with climbing for the day) is a good way to go.

Similar Products Used:

401, Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans, Dyke, Snodgrass, Teocalli, Upper/Strand Hill

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 25, 2003]
rictorsan
Cross Country Rider

I like riding this trail. It's tough, but it's got all the ingredients. Swoopy singletrack that seems to go on forever, technical sections, huff puff hike a bike (short sections, but a bunch of them), interesting and varied scenery, covers a lot of CB turf, Brush Creek to Gothic. I prefer this ride over Teocalli Ridge..While a great ride, I feel the singletrack is too short and I don't care to be on the brakes the entire descent.

Customer Service

I've ridden in both directions. I prefer counter clockwise, i.e., up Brush Creek, finish at Gothic. When riding from town, avoid the Hiway, instead take Tony's trail (Go straight out Elk Ave, cross 135 and continue on dirt road, Trail up approx 2/3 mile on left, well marked) to Upper Loop and descend right, to Skyland/Golf Course to Brush Creek or optionally, take Upper Upper Loop and climb and eventually descent directly out to Brush Creek.

Similar Products Used:

Dyke, 401, Strand Hill, Flag/Bear/Reno (big ride), Fossil Ridge.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 13, 2003]
imtnbke
Cross Country Rider

Parts of the singletrack stretch are very nice, with good views and/or fields of lupine and other wildflowers. Because of the hard climb and hike-a-bike section in the middle of the singletrack portion, and the relatively uninteresting approach up the hill from Brush Creek Road, I can't give it five chiles. But after you've done some of the more popular Crested Butte rides, Deer Creek Trail is worth a visit.

Customer Service

I rode Deer Creek Trail from south to north. When I finished I wondered whether it might be easier going in the other direction, i.e., from Gothic to Brush Creek Road. I have no idea, so ask locally to get informed opinions.

Similar Products Used:

403, Dyke Trail, Gunsight Pass.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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