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Reno Flag Bear combo

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

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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Latitude
38.87018
Longitude
-106.98578
Trail Directions
Hwy 7 from CB toward Gunnison. Turn onto Cement Creek Rd. Go up about 10 mi. Park at turn off for FS 759/Reno Divide. Ride bike up to top of FS759 (or drive) You can also shuttle - one car at the top or Reno Divide Rd, and one car 420/Cement Creek Rd trailhead
Trail Length
22
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Crested Butte
   


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Review Date
July 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: watertight ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Doctors Park



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Review Date
September 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: ReichC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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



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Review Date
February 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: canyoncreek ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
November 29, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: grc_king ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
October 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: imtnbke ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Look for trails on which motorcycles are not allowed.



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