6.6 miles
Distance
247 ft
Climb
-2,564 ft
Descent
00:56:23
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Dr. Park Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Spring Creek
    Crested Butte, Colorado
  • Ref Number
    #424
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • Global Ranking
    #1115 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #5341 in E-Biking
    • #30253 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 90 in E-Biking
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 60 in Hiking

***Potential for Access Restrictions*** - Due to lack of consideration from vehicular traffic along Spring Creek Road (CR744)

With an increase in shuttle traffic up Spring Creek Road and countless reports of speeding, homeowners are becoming unhappy with the situation. Please be respectful of homeowners and your fellow riders whom ride the full loop. Riders don't want to choke on your dust as you go speeding by in your vehicle. So please be considerate of the sensitive situation along Spring Creek Road, do what you can to minimize shuttle traffic and drive at appropriate speeds. Lets do what we can to retain access to the numerous great trails in the Spring Creek area.

This downhill trail is awesome It starts of with a slow roll through a thick forest and is a bit of a short climb. The forest trail has cool wood crossings to avoid sections that typically stay muddy. It opens up to a meadow where you have the option to do the Doctor Park Bonus Loop.

The descent starts at this meadow and is fast through the meadow then quickly descends down and starts to get more and more rocky and loose. Rocks can be doubled up to keep up the speed. The middle section is blazing fast, kind of a smooth hardpacked sandy surface that you move fast through and can drift around the turns. Little water bars give you a little boost here and there.

The 3rd section opens up into a wide view of the valley before quickly descending the tight switchbacks that are reinforced with embedded cinder block. This section has some big boulders and is a fun and technical descent through the switchbacks until you dump out at the campgrounds trailhead.

Most definitely open to e bikes.

Access Info

If you choose NOT to do the full 20 mile loop via the pedal up Spring Creek Road (CR744) thus choose to shuttle Dr. Park please park on the north side of spring creek. Do NOT attempt to cross the creek and drive up Doctor Gulch Road #7554, there has been a heavy and noticeable impact from vehicles driving the gulch road and parking at the delicate meadow at the start of the singletrack. Access to Dr. Park could be threatened if the trend continues.

Disclaimer

Winter CLOSURE: This trail is closed every winter until the Friday before Memorial Day for big game wintering habitat.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Dr. Park mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,317 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,427 ft
  • Altitude max
    10,910 ft
  • Altitude start
    10,743 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,425 ft
  • Grade
    -6.7%
  • Grade max
    -53.9%
  • Grade min
    13.8%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    633 ft
  • Avg time
    00:56:23
  • Avg reverse time
    03:20:42
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on Nov 16, 2021
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Avg: 4.75 (39 votes)

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      9 Reviews & Comments

      • - 2
      dholshouser (Jul 4, 2018 at 12:43)
       This ride gets a big fat Meh! from me. it's a typical old-school ride where the trail is straight down the fall line eventually the trail gets rutted out a foot deep and nothing but baby head rocks in the middle. There's plenty of great scenery and when you can make it down to the aspen trees there's some good flowy singletrack but they really didn't make use of the terrain. The flowy bits are still pretty much just straight down the fall and will eventually rut out as well.
      It's pretty obvious a lot of work has gone into the smooth "flowy" sections in the Aspen area. It's a shame they didn't make the corners a little deeper to slow it down a little bit more, instead it's still pretty much just a straight shot downhill. Eventually all that hard work is just going to rut out like the top section.
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      • + 1
      whoisadam (Jul 26, 2019 at 19:54)
       I'm a huge fan of this ride. Compared to 401, Teocalli Ridge I feel this trail has the best quality of riding. Top part is super fast with some chunk flow, then it gets steep littered with rocks, its controlled chaos as you can haul. Then it has an amazing flow section with water bars to get air off of that never seems to end and then it finishes with loose technical rock gardens and fun hairpins. I posted a vid in the video section for you to check out. It's a grind to the top, but the grade never gets too crazy steep. Lots of people seem to shuttle this ride to the river crossing and bike up from there. The Bonus loop at the top was not worth it, it was basically hard pack that had dried with horse/cow prints through it and it felt horrible. Condition were great as of 7/20/19, not too many braking bumps and no snow, just bits of mud here and there.
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      • + 1
      brundlefly (Aug 4, 2019 at 15:43)
       A great mix of super high speed flow sections with good sight lines to support your speed, punctuated with chunky sections. The whole thing is sort of bookended with some fun rocky tech. If you are smiling on this one, you're dead inside.
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      • + 3
      sperrytops (Jun 29, 2020 at 12:30)
       My favorite ride in CB! This trail is amazing. Just pedal the damn trail it’s not worth the shuttle imo. You will build the legs & lungs to pedal up all the other rides you need to do in CO.
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      • - 1
      beubeux (Sep 5, 2020 at 17:13)
       It’s hard to justify the 2600+ feet climb for that trail. Divided into 3 clear sections: First is sadly chunky, yes it’s technical but no really fun. Second is fun, but way too fast, you’re on smooth singletrack through the Aspen (they could have done so much more, slow things down, add features, ...). Third, by far my favorite, you’re out on some dusty stuff and rocks, it gets steeper and fun!
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      • + 2
      Elduuuderino (Sep 15, 2020 at 15:54)
       Don’t listen to all the naysayers. Do they even ride bikes? This is a great ride. It’s a long grind to get up there but it’s worth it every time. Great scenery, great riding.
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      • + 0
      beaulebens (Aug 18, 2021 at 19:00)
       Not worth the climb IMHO. There are some really great flowy sections, but nowhere near enough to justify 12 miles of climbing (not to mention that most steep/tight areas are rutted). If I’m going to do a climb like that I’d personally rather just do 401.
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      • + 1
      jpwilbur9 (Aug 18, 2021 at 19:07)
       The pedal up to the river crossing would be a bear, but pedaling up from there is not that bad. I can't believe that people have anything bad to say about this ride. There isn't anything too steep going up or down. Fully rideable and SO FLOWY. The descent is one of the best around. I've ridden for 15+ years and I think that this trail is simply AMAZING.
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      • + 0
      Henke14 (Sep 18, 2021 at 17:46)
       Potential is huge. Shutteling and people taking 4x4s up to the top is destroying the trail and the surroundings. Not to mention making the trail break bumps and rutted out areas very frequent and noticeable. Not the same trail I remember - needs some serious work but despite the conditions it remains a superb ride and a not so bad 20 mile look with about 3k of climbing. Also every time I ride this there are riders walking down sections that are black in difficulty. It is not a trail for intermediate riders to practice on which seems to be what is happening. Especially the last 2 miles of the trail.
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