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Doctors Park

Average Rating:    (4.7 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Begin riding north from Granite (approx. elev. 8350') on Spring Creek Road (a/k/a Rd. 744). Ride about six miles north, climbing to about 9700'. Pass Deadmans Gulch Trail (No. 744.1C) on your left at a bend. Continue on the main road about 1/2 mile, until you see a descent to the right and down to Spring Creek with a doubletrack on the other side. You'll have to ford the creek. . . .

Climb the doubletrack (Tr. No. 554.1) until it intersects Trail 550. Veer right and climb fairly steeply (eventually you'll reach 10875', which is where I took the photo on this page). At some point the road either turns off onto a singletrack or becomes one; I don't recall exactly. You're now on Doctors Park Trail (No. 424), and you'll cross an alpine meadow that I assume is Doctors Park. At some point on the singletrack (whether before or after the meadow I don't recall) you'll reach a junction where you can go left and climb or right and stay level. There's a sign there, and I believe it refers to a spur. Veer right (I believe that's the spur, but I'm not sure). Continue south several miles on Trail No. 424. There is some steep and occasionally technical descending as the trail meanders south. Watch out for steep dropoffs; in places the trail is about six inches wide with a steep plunge to the left if you lose your footing. . . .

When you've descended to perhaps 9500' or 9000', you'll enter beautiful aspen groves. The trail climbs a bit in places, but it's mostly downhill. The final half-mile or so is a steep, loose descent that will test your bike-handling ability. If tired, be careful; there is no shame in walking down a steep section if you feel unfocused or not skilled enough to clean it. You'll reach a campground. Go west on a wide road to Granite. . . .

Parts of this ride are remote. If you do it, tell someone your route and when you expect to be back. Although I've picked "advanced" for the skill level, much of it is fine for intermediate riders, and they can walk the difficult portions of the descent.
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Latitude
38.71980474264237
Longitude
-107.0947265625
Trail Directions
From Gunnison, take Colo. 135 about 10 miles north to Almont, then Taylor River Road (a/k/a Rd. 742) to Granite. From Crested Butte, take Colo. 135 about 13 miles south to Jacks Cabin Cutoff, then east on the cutoff (Rd. 813) to Taylor River Road. Turn left toward Granite. Park in Granite fairly near the intersection of Taylor River Road and Spring Creek Road (a/k/a Rd. 744). Parking legally in Granite is not as easy as one might think for such a tiny hamlet; you may have to park some distance from the intersection.
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Crested Butte / Gunnison / Granite
Zip/Postal Code
81224
   


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Review Date
August 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: roxo56 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail as a shuttle ride from the "creek crossing" on Spring Creek Rd. where we started to the Campground ? South TH near Taylor River on Aug.2, 2013. The climb up was 1300' and for us flatlanders reqd a bit of hike & bike.
Once at the top it is a great singletrack for about 4.5 miles with only one reallt tech section of about 300 yards where I had to hike it down since I was on my Hardtail-Rigid fork Surly. Mostly intermediate riding with a NASTY switchback finish which I also crashed on and walked the finish.
Overall, a very enjoyable ride after an initial 4 mile slog uphill.

Recommended Route:
Best to shuttle from the North end creek x'ing towards the South or you'll miss the sweet downhill Singletrack.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Snodgrass trail
Lupine trail
401 Trail



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Review Date
August 1, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boonecounty ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Tough climb, but not to long. Then flat/uphill with some traversing. Then across a grassy meadow and you can start ripping. Rocky gnarl and roots give way to some of the fastest singletrack I have ever ridden in this area.

Recommended Route:
Shuttle up Cold springs road. Cross the creek and crank to the top. I wanted to ride the spur but didn't have time. Took me and a friend 1:45 minutes with a shuttle. I think a fast rider could do it in 1:30 with a shuttle no problem.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Reno Flag Bear, 401, 403



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Review Date
July 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtbbmxr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We were camped at Cement Creek Campground and were doing an afternoon raft trip with 3 rivers in Almont so I rode up Cement creek road the 3 miles to Deadman's Gulch Trailhead and pushed up the couple miles of switchbacks...climbing over downed trees and snow towards the top...was rewarded with a few miles of sweet flowy single track thru grass valleys along side a small stream. Trail had a few cow paddies here and there and a few creek crossings but was still pretty sweet. Eventually it dumped me out onto the ATV trail that comes out onto Spring Creek road about a 1/2-3/4 of a mile below the ATV trail that leads up to Doctor's. I rode up the road to the creek crossing and then headed up to the top. Being from Florida...I pushed a lot of it...some other people who crossed the creek right in front of me were riding all of it...but I still made it to the top right behind them so I didn't feel bad about having to push. Since I was running late for the raft trip I went staight instead of taking the spur trail. Finally after about another mile or so it started flowing down hill...gently at first and then somewhat faster and more technical...then a few miles of some of the fastest sweet flowy single track I have ever ridden thru the Aspens...to a small climb back up just enough to get the blood flowing back thru your hands and then a very technical loose rock filled section of steep downhill at the very end dumping you out into the campground...made it down just in time to go on that raft trip!!!



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Review Date
June 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Epicman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is an epic ride and one of the best I have done in Colorado. It has everything. The climb on the jeep road is a lung burner and made harder by managing the ruts all the way up, but do-able if you are willing and in decent shape. Once at the top you will find good single track cutting in and out of trees. We did this on June 18th and there was still plenty of snow to walk through and downed trees to get over, so maintenance can be touchy. Once through the top the glory begins. The descent begins with short smooth single track followed by a pretty technical section to get the adrenalin pumping. Once past this there seemed to be like 10 miles of pure, smooth, single track winding in the Aspens and occasional streams - the heart of the ride and super fast. I wished it never stopped. The bottom has another equally challenging but fun technical section to finish off the ride that you wont forget.

Recommended Route:
We were camping with a big group so were lucky to get ride to the trail head/creek crossing. The rod from Granite campground to the trail head is about 12 miles all up-hill, so unless you've got all day and legs of a robot, drive up or get shuttled.



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Review Date
July 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: watertight ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Something about this trail just hits the spot, being close to Gunnison you can get on it pretty quick, probably the best higher altitude Gunny ride out there. The climb progresses in stages, first the gradual dirt road then a refreshing creek crossing then some nice steep but completely ridable two track. Some of the best views of Fossil Ridge from the top. I recommend taking the left fork after you enter the trees instead of going straight through the trees but either way is nice.

Recommended Route:
Park at the entrance to North Bank campground, it's a paved area and do it as a loop. Up Spring Creek road then as described above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Reno/Flag/Bear/Deadmans can be ridden from the same area, park north of Spring Creek res and start the ride at the bottom of bear creek.



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