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A long cross-country ride with stellar views and wildflowers.

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10,649' 3,246 m


8,837' 2,694 m


3,132' 955 m


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Deer Creek is a classic Crested Butte ride that loops around Mt. Crested Butte. While this ride doesn't have any long fantastic downhills, it makes up for it in scenery, wildflowers and a feeling of remoteness. The views of the east river valley, the backside of Mt. Crested Butte and Gothic Peak are second to none. If you time this ride right you'll be traversing hillsides of wildflowers and you'll realize why they call Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado. If you don't want to do the monster loop from town, you can arrange a shuttle and drive, starting in Brush Creek and finishing in the town of Gothic.

Need to Know

This is a fairly long ride with some leg crushing uphill and hike-a-bike. At close to 30mi and a bit over 3,000ft of vertical this ride isn't to be taken lightly. Bring plenty of water, or a water filter as there are plenty of creek crossings. This is best ridden in June after the snowmelt and into early August. Once the cows are put out into the fields sometime in August the trail may be a bit bumpier and you'll most likely be riding through a more than usual amount of cow droppings.


To ride it from town, start at the 4way parking area. Ride east on Elk ave. and take a right on 9th. Ride past the school and into a gravel area which eventually turns into the New Deli Trail. Ride this trail in its entirety until it finally ends at Brush Creek Road.

Turn left on Brush Creek Road (County Road 738) and pass the entrance to Skyland. Keep riding out Brush Creek Road past Farris Creek Road and the Strand Hill rides and start to climb up to a Y intersection. At the "Y", stay left and begin climbing more steeply on West Brush Creek Road. The right takes you up East Brush Creek toward Trail 400 and Pearl Pass. The climb gets a little tougher at this point, then levels out before coming to another split in the road. Take another left onto Deer Creek Road. Right takes you further up West Brush Creek toward the Teocalli Ridge Trail. There are wooden signs at these intersections directing you.

Deer Creek continues to climb up a rough doubletrack. Go through a gate at the top of this climb and continue about 1/4 mile to another split in the road. Go left again and ride steeply down through some aspens. Follow the doubletrack to its end, where the Deer Creek singletrack begins.

After two creek crossings, the trail starts to climb steadily and steeply. The top is a great place to recover and have a bite to eat.

From here, the trail weaves and bobs its way along the flanks of Whiterock Mountain, with several descents and a couple stinger ascents, and plenty of fast-rolling singletrack sections.

Toward the end of the singletrack, the trail veers hard left at some private property. There is a sign here, dont miss it! Continue to the left through the meadows, then curve right and down to a doubletrack. Take a right on this rough road and ride out to Gothic Road (the main gravel road). Turn left on Gothic Road and head back to Mt. Crested Butte and into town.

Once you're near Mt. Crested Butte you have a few choices. If you're tired, follow the Crested Butte Rec Path or the road back into town and to the 4way parking area. If you want to take advantage of some more singletrack take a left on Hunter Hill Road after you pass the ski area, then take another right to stay on Hunter Hill Road.

Stay on Hunter Hill Road up to a switchback in the road. Look for a forest service sign and start of the singletrack for Upper Loop. Take this singletrack and enjoy the techy/flowy descent. Eventually, you'll come to a T intersection with Tony's Trail. Take a right on Tony's Trail and follow it out to a dirt road. Take a ride on this road, cross through a gate and you'll be back in town and only a few blocks from where you parked at the 4way.


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Adam Kagy with improvements by Jim Sharpe

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The wildflowers on Deer Creek in the summer of 2019 were amazing!
Jul 31, 2019 near Crested…, CO
The climbs on Deer Creek are rough, but the scenery is second-to-none in the Crested Butte area.
Jul 31, 2019 near Crested…, CO
Not sure what this is... but cool!
Apr 6, 2013 near Crested…, CO
This doesn't get old...
Apr 6, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Another hard-to-beat day in Crested Butte!
Apr 6, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Riding towards Gothic Mountain on the Deer Creek Trail
Apr 6, 2013 near Crested…, CO


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Jun 19, 2022
Troy Zimmerman
This is a great ride from Gothic to Crested butte. One of the best a definite do it again. 14.5mi
Sep 25, 2021
MTB Addict
great loop with some cows and cow poop 24.7mi — 3h 02m
Aug 30, 2020
Amy Westcott
Aug 10, 2020
Celeste Cannon
A lot of road at the beginning and end but makes a great route to 401 from town! Great views and solitude 42mi — 5h 30m
Sep 6, 2019
Brandon Vicenti
Sep 3, 2019
Douglas Edmundson
27.4mi — 3h 46m
Sep 1, 2019
steven Barber
Aug 4, 2019
Betsy Soos
The climb is a beast.. 24.8mi — 2h 53m

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