Doctor Park

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4.95 out of 5
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23
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Singletrack
↑ 2,800 ft
↓ 4,400 ft
10,090
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Loop
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About this trail
Doctors Park offers some fantastic downhill on the Gunnison Spur of the Colorado Trail. This trail can be ridden as a loop or you can use a shuttle if riding up eight miles of road doesn't appeal to you. Most people park at the bottom (North Bank Campground) and ride or shuttle up Spring Creek Road to Doctor Gulch (trail 554). After going about eight and a half miles up the road, where the canyon starts opening up into a wide valley, look to the right (southeast) and you will see doubletrack crossing thru Spring Creek and going up the gully. At the time of this writing there was a trail sign on the south side of the creek for 554. After leaving Spring Creek Road, at exactly one mile there is a right hand turn; trail 554 continues to the right. Go right and continue up, winding your way on the doubletrack to the top of the ridge. After about three miles you will come to heavy forest. This section of the trail can be a miserable root-infested mud pit after it rains so be prepared to grind and grunt your way thru slop if there has been rain. The misery is compounded if cows or horses have recently used the trail. Continue working your way along and after another mile you will break into a large open meadow; this is Doctors Park, and this is where the real singletrack and the fun begins. From here you have five miles of fast downhill. The top section is a bit steep and rocky, but it is a lot of fun. After a mile or so you get into some fantastic cruising thru aspen forest; this is the best part of the trail and probably some of the sweetest singletrack you will ever find. Fast, flowy, and full of variety. It rocks! Let your bike run and enjoy the miles. About a half mile from the bottom the trail gets steep and rocky with fun switchbacks on a steep sideslope. If you are tired, stop and take a break so that you are ready to work your way down the steeps. The trail can be a bit technical and the drop-offs are severe, so the penalty for mistakes is high.

Now, about alternate routes, the top of the ridge is crisscrossed with a few trails, and you really can't go wrong exploring as long as you remember that you want to work your way to the southwest corner. Just remember that most of the other trails allow motorized access so they are going to be more chewed up.

If you want to have an epic ride combine this ride with the Flag, Bear and Deadman trails (see review for "Reno / Flag / Bear / Deadman"). Instead of crossing Spring Creek to go up Doctor Gulch continue riding up Spring Creek Road past Spring Creek Reservoir until you get to the bottom of the Flag trail. Go a short distance up Flag and turn left on the Bear trail. Follow Bear to Deadman Trail where you take a left and follow it back down to Spring Creek Road. From there it is a .7 mile ride back up to Doctor Gulch where you can resume the ride described above. This makes a figure eight loop that tallies up to 34 miles of riding with almost 4,000' of vertical. Yeah, that qualifies as an epic day.

If you are into camping there are many formal and informal places to camp near Spring Creek, or the whole Taylor River Valley, for that matter. I highly suggest getting the Latitude 40 map for Crested Butte.
added by bonkedagainGnarly August 8, 2006
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (4)
System Trails (4)
Doctor Park: Classic Descent, Road #544 to Taylor River Road
Doctor Park: Loop
Doctor Park: Dinner Station Campground to Matchless Trail
Doctor Park: Matchless Trail to Road #544
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Granny Gear

August 31, 2016
ldebard Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail with an awesome down hill section.

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Singletrack


August 23, 2016
CFM Singletrack  
 
Review: We rode out & back from the North Bank campground. Super technical, steep climbing out of the campground but it levels out into a fun ride through aspen groves. The downhill ride back was a lot easier but you still have to take care on the last drop into camp.

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Bunny Hop

August 1, 2016
 
Review: Fantastic trail, we rode it a couple weeks ago. Pretty brutal climb all the way from the base for a few guys from 700' but obviously doable.

Once we got to the top it was smiles all the way down. I loved the variety in terrain, rocks, loose dirt, hard pack, stumps and roots. The constant change in scenery was a nice bonus, heavy timber, open fields, tall grass/flowers and steep drops on the sides of the trail all added to the enjoyment.

Bring plenty of water, we were pretty much out by the time we got to the top.

We rode this on hardtails, next time I come I'll bring my FS plus bike and really fly down the trail!

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Granny Gear

October 16, 2015
ktdelves Granny Gear  
 
Review: Terrific trail! Road climb isn't bad, shuttle can cut some time off but not necessary. When in doubt at a junction, turn right, most are marked. For the bonus trail stay left at the "spur" sign; access great views. The descent is killer! Smooth flowy single track with fun little pump berms to air off. Be aware of downed timber in the descent as they can be common and you will be hauling ass! 5 stars based off the descent and variety of ecosystems you travel through. Climb has a few steep cranks and little shade until you reach forest. Last mile is very steep, technical descent; rated this advanced based off that. Do it!

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Trailblazer

July 27, 2015
uber_franz Trailblazer  
 
Review: Sweet trail with some good variety. How do most people cross the creek if you're riding this as a loop? I lucked out and hitched a ride over in a truck that just happened to be there right when I arrived.

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Trailblazer

August 1, 2016
 
Review: We took our shoes/socks off knowing we still had quite a ride ahead. Waters cold but its all part of the experience!

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Trailblazer


July 27, 2015
 
Review: Get wet! Some people take off shoes & socks and wade across to keep feet dry.

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Bunny Hop

June 25, 2015
gotdurt Bunny Hop  
 
Review: It really doesn't get a whole lot better than this. There's nothing like racing through Aspen at mach speed, and the final twisting technical descent is a hoot. We rode it one morning and I realized I forgot the GoPro, so my buddy drove me back to the top and I did it again... right as the descent began, it started pouring rain... that was an adventure!
https://youtu.be/5VmXALRSxHc
Skip the boring road climb and shuttle if you can; you'll enjoy the descent more with fresh legs and save a LOT of time... enough to shuttle it twice!

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Gramcounter

June 8, 2015
DH001 Gramcounter  
 
Review: A tough 2-3 mile climb , for a sea level dweller, after the first large creek crossing off the main gravel road. Hiked the bike through 2 miles of snow and flowing water until the Bonus Trail (TR# 424.1A) intersection where things finally started to dry out. The trail bed was still mostly frozen in the upper pines. The descent is a blast. Fast ( 30 mph) flowing turns with plenty of grade reversal drains to air off of. Lots of technical rocky sections mixed into the descent with tight switchbacks and steep rocky grades towards the end. Great views from multiple areas of the trail. Found out after the ride that locals ride it as an out and back,starting at the bottom, when there is snow at the higher elevations. Was harder than expected but the long descent more than made up for the suffering on the climb and unexpected snow.

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Trailblazer


May 21, 2015
 
Review: This is the best trail I have ever ridden. The first 7-8 miles of the climb is easy with fantastic scenery. After crossing the creek, the climb is much more difficult. It isn't overly steep, but it is relentless. The first mile or so of singletrack is still mostly climbing, as you travel through coniferous forest. Watch for mud in this area. When you reach the clearing the fun begins! It starts with mostly straight, high-speed singletrack. Then, you reach a technical, rocky section through forest with several switchbacks. The next section travels through aspen trees and it is composed of super fast, smooth, gently flowing singletrack that seems to go on forever. This is what life is all about. The last section is rocky, technical switchbacks down the side of the mountain. I could ride this trail everyday and never get bored with it.

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Granny Gear

October 25, 2014
 
Review: Super fun challenging trail. Gear up for a long climb. Its a long climb and a long downhill.

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World Champ


October 1, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Doctor Park is a ripping descent with high speed flowy sections, rock gardens, jumps, whoops, drops, and more. Hands-down one of the top descents--if not THE single-best descent--in Crested Butte.

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Doctor Park MTB Trail 4.95 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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