Southeast of Crested Butte and northeast of Almont, Trail #424 (aka Doctors Park) is another fabulous descent that is open to dirt biking. But, theres a price to pay -- its a long climb up to the top of the mountain. This 14 mile loop combines FS744 with Trail #424.
To reach the dirt biking trailhead for Doctors Park from Crested Butte, follow SR135 south into Almont. Head northeast on Taylor River Road (FS742) past Harmels. Park on the right just past the intersection with Spring Creek Road (FS744), but before the campground. Youll see the parking area for climbers.
Ride up FS744 (aka Spring Creek Road) for six miles. This is a very washboard, dusty climb. Turn right head down across the Spring Creek (a river) and then continue southeast on FS554 up Doctor Gulch (another even steeper climb). Stay to the right. After 2.5 miles, watch for Trail #424 on the right. From here, traverse through the mud and roots for a couple miles. Finally, you ll exit the woods and get to the top of a wild 5.5 mile descent down to the campground on Taylor River Road. Along the way, the route passes from alpine climate, through pine forest, through aspen forest and down into desert scrub.
Note: this route is shared with mountain bikers and some hikers.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.