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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Doctor Park Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,398 Feet (2617.8 Meters) North Bank Campground
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,462 Feet (767.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,775 Feet (3358.8 Meters) Doctor Park Road
Length: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) to Doctor Park
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131, 132
Recommended Season: Summer to Fall
Trail Number: 424
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Almont, Crystal Creek, Matchless Mountain

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General Description

The southern terminus of the Doctor Park Trail is North Bank Campground. From the campground the trail leads north approximately six miles to Doctor Park Road, 744.2C. This trail is used by motorized trail bikes and very popular with mountain bikers.

The trail heads northeast out of the North Bank Campground, beginning at an elevation of 8,400 feet. The trail steadily climbs as it follows Browns Gulch north from the campground. It then veers to the right entering Trail Gulch and continuing to climb.

Doctor Park Trail leads between Manganese Peak and an unnamed peak of 11,050 feet before entering Doctor Park. The tread hits a high point of 10,960 feet approximately one mile south of joining Doctor Park Road. After you've traveled on the road for a short distance it forks. The left side of the fork leads to Spring Creek Road within three miles. The right side of the fork leads to the South Matchless Mine.

Directions from Gunnison via the North Bank Campground: Travel north on Highway 135 to Almont. Go north on Taylor River Road six miles to North Bank Campground. The trail leaves from the north end of the campground.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 to Almont. Then drive north on Taylor River Road five and a half miles to Spring Creek Road, 744. Turn left and travel nine miles north on Spring Creek Road to Doctor Park Road, 744.2C. Three miles south on Doctor Park Road (bearing to the right) you'll reach Doctor Park Trail. This access can be difficult to find because of the lack of signs.

Directions from Gunnison: Travel north on Highway 135 to Almont. North on Taylor River Road six miles to North Bank Campground. Doctor Park Trail leaves from the north end of the campground.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Ian (Gunnision, Co)
Length of Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This ride would be hell the in direction that they have descibed, but riden the other direction, it makes for a long a steady climb up 2wd and 4wd road followed by an amazing single track descent. Fast in spots quite technial in others. Hope this helps.
Conditions: aways a little wet up top

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Doctor Park Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Doctor Park Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Doctor Park Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Doctor Park Trail

Related Activities
Doctor Park Road #744.2C - Doctor Park Road (744.2C) stems from Spring Creek Road north of Taylor Canyon Road. It provides access to hiking, biking and motorized trails.

North Bank Campground - North Bank Campground appeals primarily to anglers, because it lies on the lower Taylor River. Other recreation opportunities in the area include hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving and four-wheel driving.

Spring Creek Road #744 - This road accesses Spring Creek. It starts at the Spring Creek Reservoir.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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