Reno Flag Bear combo - TRAIL

Reno Flag Bear combo - Trail, Crested Butte, Colorado

Take Flag Creek Trail (422) down. Take Trail 415 up. When you hit a fire road take a left, ride for less than a mile and then take a right onto 415) Take Bear Creek trail down (trial 415) Take Deadman Gulch trail up. Take trail 420 down to Cement Creek Rd. Climb back to where you parked. Make sure you buy the Aspen/Crested Butte/Gunnison map, without it's a consufing route.

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watertight   Cross Country Rider [Jul 31, 2010]

Hasn't been a review in quite awhile so here's a link to a GPS route if you have a Garmin. This can be ridden from the Taylor Park/Spring Creek side just as easily, esp. if you are camping in the area and want to do Doctors Park as well, don't need to make the big drive around.

Customer Service

Park at or near Spring Creek Res and start riding. This is an alternate start which I use since I live in Gunny and occasionally want to stay up in the area. Also it puts you 180* off of the masses if it is a busy weekend:)
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42587648

Similar Products Used: Doctors Park
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ReichC   Cross Country Rider [Sep 03, 2006]

Even with the motorcycle ruts this is one helluva ride. 3 climbs and 3 downhills, each better than the one before it. Be in good shape, take food, and plan on spending some time outdoors. Do it.

Customer Service

Up Cement Creek Road, Reno Divide Road, down Flag. Get a map and it makes sense.

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5
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4
canyoncreek   Weekend Warrior [Feb 16, 2006]

This is definitely in my top 5 all time favorite rides. My overall favorite in the CB area. This ride has 3 climbs, and 3 dowhnills The second two climbs are singletrack, and at times are very steep, but still very doable. Definitely helps if the trail has seen enough moisture to pack down the dust. Everyone I've talked to about this ride seems to have differing opinions as to which dowhnill section is their favorite. Probably because they are all 3 incredible. I agree with the previous post, as the 2nd dowhnill is my favorite. It seems odd as I usually prefer technical rides, and this dowhill is not technical at all. But there is just something amazing to me about this dowhill, as every time I have ridden it I have let out a scream of joy as I cross the bridge. It is extremely fast, and just has an amazing feel to it The 1st dowhnill is great as well. It has some great places to catch some minor (but fun) air, with just enough technical stuff to keep you on your toes. Deadmans gulch is also great, it is very different than the 1st two. Alot more technical, with switchbacks that seem to go on forever. If ridden with speed, you can also catch air in many places. It is a great way to finish a great ride. The scenery is definitely nice, but it does not really compare to the more intense scenery found in other parts of the greater CB area.

Customer Service

follow the route in the guidebooks. Or to lengthen the ride, add the rosebud trail. Makes for a fun addition if you have the energy. for a very long ride, jump over to spring creek rd. and do the doctors park loop then back to deadman gulch

Similar Products Used: a guidebook is a good place to start. Once you have exhausted all the main rides, get creative with a map. Some of the best rides are hardly ever ridden, you just have to be willing to push your bike above treeline for what seems like forever. However, the reward is mindblowing scenery with incredible dowhnill sections and often not seeing any people.
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grc_king   Cross Country Rider [Nov 29, 2005]

Folks,this is THE ride in CB.I must say, that this is the stuff that makes me believe that mountaincycling has some sort of addiction potential. I rode it in august 2005 and I was simply struck by the surface, the speed, the scenery and the length of this singletrail. For eruropeans (like me) very very unique and this trail alone is a reason to return to CB. I didn't bother about the occasional mountaincycles, although this is something that is very unusual in europe. I do not believe that the last downhill is the best of the whole trail. I prefer the last downhill before this switchback thing. But honestly, this trail is awesome and mountainbikers paradise.

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5
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3
imtnbke   Cross Country Rider [Oct 26, 2004]

Reno Divide-Flag Creek-Bear Creek takes you through classic alpine valleys. It's as scenic as any area I've ridden. The whole experience, unfortunately, is likely to be marred by motorcycles. When I rode this route in August of 2004, the beautiful alpine valleys were clotted with them and their accompanying noise and dust clouds. Even if you don't encounter motorcycles on the day you ride, you'll feel their impact. Once you start descending from the crest of the Reno Divide Trail, you'll find that the singletrack becomes a series of rather annoying and energy-draining rollers. I suspect the motorcycles have caused this. If it hasn't rained recently, the dust can be inches deep, and I suspect the motorcycles are the culprit again. Finally, the many switchbacks down Deadman's Gulch are severely rutted and gouged, and if you're tired, it's a chore rather than a delight to descend this part of the route. I can't believe bicycles or horses would do so much severe damage, so again it must be motorcycles. I have heard that the Crested Butte Mountain Biking Ass'n repaired the switchbacks in 2002; if so, they've deteriorated quickly. I believe in trail-sharing wherever possible, and I respect the skill of the motorcyclists who are able to negotiate the route, but Reno Divide-Flag Creek-Bear Creek is quite a mess. I hope that the Forest Service will consider closing the route to motorcyclists, or limiting them to a particular time of year.

Customer Service

Apparently there's a singletrack that parallels the fire road climb up Reno Divide. Ask locally.

Similar Products Used: Look for trails on which motorcycles are not allowed.
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3
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phx rider   Cross Country Rider [Aug 06, 2003]

I live in Phoenix and ride quite a bit. I take a trip to CB every summer to escape the heat and this ride is one that we never miss. This is by far one of the best rides I have ever done in my life. It is not technical, but it is challenging because of the altitude. The climbs are long but every one of the downhills is worth it. If you are going to CB don't miss this ride. If you are planning on going anywhere else to ride, just stay in CB and enjoy the rides and the town itself. It is a great place. If it is not the summer time and you are looking for good riding, then go to Phoenix. You can't beat either one.

Customer Service

Get the book in town. It is perfect for all of the rides.

Similar Products Used: All of them.
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5
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4
Michael Munno   Cross Country Rider [Jul 16, 2003]

A great ride. The First downhill on reno trail is unbelivable fast. Super smooth and predictable singltrack. The uphills are rideable and smooth. They were dusty and dry but I can imagine how much fun they would be when wet. Overall its one of the nicer rides I have done.

Customer Service

Park at deadmans trailhead. Up from there

Similar Products Used: Only road 401 which was also fun
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5
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4
Brian Rose   [May 12, 2002]

The best ride I've ever done. The scenery is spectacular. You hit 4 different creeks/drainages and each one is a bit different. Felt like I died and went to heaven - I find myself day dreaming about this ride when I'm stuck in my cubicle farm, playing staring games with my computer monitor. Anyhow, great single track, a bit marshy in places. Lots of climbing. Bring lots of water, lots of bars and goo. Bring a camera so you can send me pictures!

Start early so that you don't get caught in a thunderstorm - lots of exposed areas. Not for the beginner. You have to be able to hack 22 miles + something like 3000-4000 ft of vertical.

Similar Products Used: 401/Schofield pass (for a shorter ride)
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Jeff   [Jul 08, 2002]

This is the best ride I have ever done. It is filled with amazing singletrack, long climbs and views that can't be beat. It's not extremely technical, but it has it's moments. If you are not used to semi-long rides at higher elevation, do some other rides around CB first to see what you might be in for. Make sure you have a map so you don't get mixed up on some of the random cross trails.

Customer Service

Park at the Deadman's Gulch trailhead. Ride up Cement Creek Road to the top of Reno Divide. Drop down Flag Creek to Bear Creek. Climb Bear Creek to Deadman's Gulch Trail and follow that back to the trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Anything in Crested Butte!
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Chris   [Jul 11, 2002]

Awesome ride. Views of a different kind than 401 offers, but very beautiful nonetheless. The first two downhills are very fast and fun but watch for little drainage crossings and whoops from the motorcycles (legal trails for them too). The climbs are not particularly steep but for the oxygen challenged flatlanders are a handful. The last downhill is rocky and full of switchbacks (32, 35 or more depending on your source, I was having so much fun even though dead tired, I couldn't keep count). Stellar ride overall.

Customer Service

Don't shuttle to Reno, ride from Deadmans Gulch, the climb aint that bad and it sure beats having to breathe the exhaust of shuttlers. If you're a real monster then ride all the way from CB, it adds about 27 miles of road/dirt road. Otherwise follow the plan as the others have. Bring a map or go with someone who knows where they are. My trail book has this as 20 mile loop with 3400' climbing.

Similar Products Used: All of them.
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