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Deer Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (3.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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.
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Latitude
38.86978547532709
Longitude
-106.96975708007812
Trail Directions
Go east on Brush Creek Road, which begins off of Hwy 135 about a mile south of Crested Butte. For sufficiently detailed directions of the ride route itself, buy (1) the Alpineer bicycle shop's map in Crested Butte or the Latitude 40 map for the area, and (2) Holly Annala's pocketbook guide to Crested Butte mountain biking. The map and the guide combined should provide enough information.
Trail Length
~30 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Crested Butte
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Review Date
August 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ColoMtnBiker ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
401, Upper, Snodgrass, Upper Upper, Dyke Trail



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Review Date
September 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: alman ,  Cross Country Rider

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



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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ReichC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
town to brush creek road to gothic and back to town



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Review Date
September 21, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Vaughn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
All of them, this is the mecca.



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Review Date
July 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Bikinfoolferlife ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
401, Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans, Dyke, Snodgrass, Teocalli, Upper/Strand Hill



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