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Doctor Gulch Road

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This steep but worthwhile doubletrack grants access to the holy grail: Doctor Park Trail.


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3.2

Miles

5.1

KM

Doubletrack

10,745' 3,275 m

High

9,537' 2,907 m

Low

1,208' 368 m

Up

10' 3 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Normal high-elevation seasonality applies. Expect the Spring Creek crossing to be higher (and potentially impassable) during times of high runoff. This road is open to motorized traffic, and is shuttleable by most capable AWD or 4x4 vehicles with mid to high clearance, with the creek crossing being the crux.

Description

About 9 miles up Spring Creek Road from Taylor River Road, this two-track splits off to the right and crosses Spring Creek almost immediately. Ford the creek (you'll need to remove your shoes if you want to keep them dry) and settle in for a fairly straightforward 1,200-foot climb.

Stay right at both junctions you encounter along the way, and enjoy wonderful views of the Spring Creek Drainage and Cement Mountain. Once you gain the ridge, views to the south—across meadows often filled with wildflowers—are superb.

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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#35

in Crested Butte

#9901

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#35

in Crested Butte

#1,061

in Colorado

#9,901

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Aspen awesomeness!
Oct 17, 2013 near Crested…, CO
The scenery improves the enjoyment of the tough climb
Sep 21, 2017 near Crested…, CO
Like most Colorado rides, it's a long haul up!
Aug 18, 2017 near Crested…, CO
A great spot for a break before hitting the singletrack.
Aug 14, 2017 near Crested…, CO
About 3/4 of the way up the 4wd climb to the Doctor's Park singletrack,
Nov 16, 2012 near Crested…, CO
Grunting up the steep road - the descent is more than worth it.
Sep 21, 2017 near Crested…, CO

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Lucas C
A grind worth the effort to get to the top! 3.2mi