Deer Creek Trail

Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain4,885ft
Trailhead Elevation9,533ft
Elevation Min/Max9382/10658ft
Elevation Start/End9533/9533ft

Deer Creek Trail

Deer Creek Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within Gunnison National Forest. It is 9.7 miles long and begins at 9,533 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,885 feet. The Horace Porter Mine (elevation 9,541 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: West Brush Road.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"With the Gunnison National Forest blanketing nearly 85 percent of the entire county, Crested Butte is a mountain biker’s town, and Deer Creek is one of the town’s most celebrated trails. Deer Creek Trail has one of the longest stretches of singletrack of any trail in Crested Butte and offers incredible views after a grueling but short climb through the aspens. Since Deer Creek Trail is open to cattle grazing toward the latter part of the mountain biking season, the trail does tend to become “ripped up,” particularly near the end as you ride through the meadows into Gothic. Because of this, it’s a good idea to do this trail around midseason. The trail features hard-packed singletrack, tightly packed aspens, and rutted and rocky ascents and descents. It’s a Crested Butte favorite." Read more

Deer Creek Trail Reviews

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Deer Creek is a fantastic 10 mile singletrack.
his trail is the nicest trail I have done in Crested Butte. There is a grunt of a climb, but the reward is well worth it.
My advice is to ride this Trail as 20 mile "Out & Back" rather than the 27 mile road loop as mentioned in the guide book.

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Trail Information

Gunnison National Forest
Nearby City
Gunnison National Forest
Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, Crested Butte; (970) 349-7324; Bureau of Land Management, Gunnison Field Office, 210 W. Spencer Ave., Gunnison 81230; (970) 642 -4990 Gunnison National Forest, Gunnison Ranger District, 216 N. Colorado St., Gunnison 81230; (970) 641-0471.
Local Contacts
USGS Crested Butte, Gothic; Trails Illustrated map #133: Kebler Pass, Paonia Reservoir; Crested Butte Bike Trails map; Latitude 40° Inc.: Aspen, Crested Butte, Gunnison Recreation Topo Map; regional trail maps available online at; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 58 A-2.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018