Hiking The Deer Creek
The 13th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.
Thursday 14 July 2016 02:59 GMT
East of Crested Butte, the Deer Creek Trail is a awesome 10 mile trail along remote mountain ridgelines east of Mount Crested Butte on the other side of the East River. The hiking trail runs from West Brush Creek southeast of Crested Butte to the Gothic townsite northeast of Crested Butte. It rolls through wildflower meadows and aspen forests on the western ridges of White Rock Mountain. There are several steep, challenging climbs along the way, but the forest and wildflower fragrences help pass the time. Plus, keep an eye out for the black bear that frequent the region. The trail is at its best in late June and early July. In late July, there is cattle grazing in the region and the trail gets quite messy and smelly, to say the least.
To reach the southern trailhead off West Brush Creek Road from Crested Butte, head south on SR135 for 2 miles. Turn left heading east on Brush Creek Road (CR738) for 5.5 miles (the first mile is paved, the latter is well maintained gravel/dirt). Park at the intersection with West Brush Creek Road, which veers to the left. The trail starts about a mile up West Brush Creek Road.
To reach the northern trailhead in Gothic from Crested Butte, head north on SR135 (aka Gothic Road) for 7.5 miles (the first 4.5 miles are paved, the latter is well maintained gravel/dirt). Just across the bridge over the East River, there is an unsigned dirt road on the right. There should be some roadside parking here. The trail begins about 0.5 miles down this dirt road.
Overall, Deer Creek is the 13th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Deer Creek including Green Lake Trail, Snodgrass Trail, Lower Loop Trail System, East / West Maroon Trail Loop, Yule Pass Trail, Copper Lake Trail and Oh Be Joyful - Peeler Lakes.