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Bear Creek

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (12)

A steady climb to get to a seemingly never ending downhill.


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Map Key

6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

Singletrack

11,010' 3,356 m

High

9,859' 3,005 m

Low

863' 263 m

Up

1,182' 360 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Allowed

Description

Start by riding down the Flag Creek singletrack. After three miles you'll cross a compacted gravel "bridge." Shortly after this you'll enter the dark timber where your next right turn is. There is a small sign here marking the Bear Creek Trail.
If you come to a road crossing, youve gone too far. Take the right trail, cross a creek and climb up another creek drainage. This trail climbs, sometimes steeply, into an open marshy area. Veer right here, passing an old closed trail on the left, and climb to the dirt road. GO LEFT on this road. (The singletrack straight ahead leads up to the Reno Ridge trail. Dont be tempted!) Follow the road three quarters of a mile to where it forks, go right and then ride straight ahead and over a dirt berm and across a road onto the signed continuation of the Bear Creek Trail.

Get ready for an awesome downhill! This section has been reworked lately as well and is in the best shape that Ive ever seen it. Plan on minimal brake wear as you rocket down Bear Creek. There are a few rough spots towards the bottom, but mostly its buffed all the way down. About 3 and 1/2 miles down, the Deadmans Gulch trail turns right.

Another option for an even bigger ride or shuttle is to turn left onto Deadman Gulch to Forest Service road 744.2C which puts you very close to the start of Doctor's Park trail.

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Adam Kagy

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 12 votes

#11

in Crested Butte

#1430

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  4.6 from 12 votes
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#11

in Crested Butte

#290

in Colorado

#1,430

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Photos

A small part of the incredible Bear Creek descent on RFBD.
Oct 31, 2016 near Crested…, CO
A full tour ride with aerial drone footage of this route (all 3 descents; Flag, Bear, Deadman's).
Aug 26, 2021 near Crested…, CO
Bear Creek, Crested Butte, CO
Oct 17, 2018 near Crested…, CO

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Jul 29, 2020
Duncan Steels
Aug 8, 2018
Laurent Outang
Nice section of trail! Great flow!! 6.1mi
Aug 4, 2018
Beau Paisley
Jul 2, 2017
Tim Bock

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