33.9 miles
Distance
4,742 ft
Climb
-4,691 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Buffalo Creek classic loop with a few side detours added on

Although the average difficulty rating is only a blue, there is a double black diamond section (Black Jack) that is very challenging technically and it's near the end of the ride. Take lots of water and food for this all day ride.

Detailed Description
All day Buffalo Creek is a 34 mile popular intermediate route located near Buffalo Creek Colorado. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 24 trails. This route climbs 4,742 ft with a max elevation of 8,552 ft then descends -4,691 ft.
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36 Reviews & Comments

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Daconley (1 days ago)
Class 1 EMTBs are allowed on these trails. I called and confirmed with the local ranger district. I spoke with Donna!
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NorCalNomad (Aug 20, 2022 at 15:59)
Definitely go down this and up Buck Gulch
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Pusspussonafullsuss (Jul 27, 2022 at 20:20)
Green with blue features. The features are easy and similar to the features on Vitamin B in BV. Climb out either way. Definitely down-country fun but not challenging for good riders. Blackjack is a better trail if you're looking for some challenging features that aren't found any other place on the FR. On the rocks is similar but easier IMO.
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OleShredder (Jul 21, 2022 at 14:28)
This is a fantastic trail to start your day on! The climb from the east is mellow and traverses open wildflower spaces, aspen groves and dark, lush forest. Once over the climb it points downhill and has amazing tight singletrack flow with great traction. Then it spits you right out onto Tramway and the flow continues.
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OleShredder (Jul 21, 2022 at 14:28)
This is a fantastic trail to start your day on! The climb from the east is mellow and traverses open wildflower spaces, aspen groves and dark, lush forest. Once over the climb it points downhill and has amazing tight singletrack flow with great traction. Then it spits you right out onto Tramway and the flow continues.
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Bbfrigon (May 20, 2022 at 18:46)
I do not know why but they have cleared cut all of the trees on second half of the trail. The trail is completely exposed and will be washed away after the first big rain. Used to be a fun trail but no more. I would like to know why.
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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:25)
Trail Sandy Wash
a lot of swoopy turns, good flow
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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:24)
super fun, good flow/speed and enough features to keep it interesting
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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:22)
Trail Nice Kitty
minus the first bit, super consistent climbing trail. didn’t take it down but looks like it could be fun in that direction too
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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:21)
nice consistent climb up with a few cool downhill sections and features
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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:19)
honestly not my favorite, no views and the downhill consists mostly of somewhat tight berms. doesn’t feel worth the climb up little scraggy
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ColoradoCruiser (Nov 20, 2021 at 21:43)
Trail Nice Kitty
Having ridden Nice Kitty over 20 times, I have to disagree with Salvids. Nice Kitty is most often ridden as a climb from the lower Buffalo Creek lot to the Colorado Trail. Fast climbers will do this 5.2 mile/1,050' climb in less in than 40 minutes, and the current KOM is under 28 minutes. If you descend Nice Kitty, expect 95% of the bike traffic to be going the opposite way.
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Salvids (Nov 14, 2021 at 14:58)
Trail Nice Kitty
Do yourself a favor and ride this trail opposite of what Trailforks suggests. It’s a never ending climb and a miserable way to end a long ride here. Would make a fun, long descent in the opposite direction.
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rowdyhonzo (Jun 11, 2021 at 10:29)
Trail Black Jack
This trail is nuts. If you like steep slabs, drops into slabs, difficult moves, and generally steep tech, this is it. Some of the descriptions claim there are alt lines, but I would say generally they're all pretty tough and even solid intermediates will be walking most.
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feldybikes (Aug 9, 2020 at 17:55)
The top/southern section of this trail (beginning as in TF) is labeled as Homestead according to the trail signs. If the topo says gashouse that’s even more confusing. I think homestead is correct. But certainly not Strawberry Jack that trail ends at the intersection with Skipper.
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accel20 (Aug 8, 2020 at 16:37)
This is insane
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jzamby (Aug 5, 2020 at 17:33)
Trail Black Jack
This trail is a "free-riders" dream. Full of natural tech features, most of which are signed and named. Many of which also have easier/ harder option lines.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 14:53)
This is a continuation of Little Scraggy Trail. It has a technical climb out of the Kelsly Campground up to a flowy descent packed with technical alternate lines. This section of trail is super flowy, featuring machine built berms and rollers. There is a big rock slab that can be used as a wall ride halfway down.
There is a neat viewpoint not too far after the wallride that is a nice picnic area.
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AlexanderCR (Jul 7, 2020 at 9:49)
This is the highlight trail of Buffalo Creek, and I can see why. It is super flowy, with large berms and swoopy turns. For me, this is the single funnest trail in the Front Range. It also has some technical rock features that are rated Black and Double Black Diamond. ( easy alternate routes are provided around all the features.) This trail was designed with bikes in mind, and for that reason you won’t see many hikers or horse riders. The Black Diamond obstacles are enough to challenge even the most confident rider, while the trail itself will entertain anyone who enjoys flow and tech mixed together.
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gregval (May 18, 2020 at 15:11)
Trail Baldy
FYI, the northernmost section of this trail is incorrectly named.
The section that runs NE for 0.6 miles is actually the continuation of Gashouse Gulch Trail, labeled as only "Gashouse" on the tral signs.
COMBA and USFS is working to correct on signage.
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cmcquade (Aug 20, 2021 at 0:51)
Trail Baldy
has been corrected
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gregval (May 18, 2020 at 15:09)
FYI, per USFS info and topo maps, the southernmost 0.9 miles of this trail listing is incorrectly named. This part is still the northernmost section of the Gashouse Gulch Trail. I think even this isn't actually correctly named on the signs there; the signs just say ""Gashouse".
As of May 2020, some trail signs also don't even conform to THIS trail info here, so we are working on making all this consistent.
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gregval (Jun 24, 2019 at 20:09)
Note: This trail is most popularly ridden east to west. The climb on the east side is shorter and less steep. The west side has a higher average grade, and certain features which make it harder to climb.
It remains multi-directional, as all trails in Buffalo Creek, but those who climb up the west side should be aware that most riders will be coming down.
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gregval (Jun 24, 2019 at 20:09)
Note: This trail is most popularly ridden east to west. The climb on the east side is shorter and less steep. The west side has a higher average grade, and certain features which make it harder to climb.
It remains multi-directional, as all trails in Buffalo Creek, but those who climb up the west side should be aware that most riders will be coming down.
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Tr0gd0r (Jun 1, 2019 at 18:30)
Don't know where black diamond came from - solidly blue/intermediate with a handful of optional lines that are more difficult
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provin1327 (May 4, 2019 at 5:29)
Trail Black Jack
There is currently a tree down at the top of the "long shot" slab line. It's easily rollable but makes an already steep and technical slab even that more technical.
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jzamby (Aug 5, 2020 at 17:29)
Trail Black Jack
Some rocks are now in front of that down tree, making it an easier roll over.
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nolanurban (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:22)
Fun little climb with small sections of chunk and a great haul through a big burn cut
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nolanurban (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:20)
Trail Homestead
Fun trail with Little Rock features to roll over. Some areas of deep sandy pea gravel to wipe out on. Goes from forest to a burn area.
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nolanurban (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:20)
Trail Homestead
Fun trail with Little Rock features to roll over. Some areas of deep sandy pea gravel to wipe out on. Goes from forest to a burn area.
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nolanurban (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:19)
Trail Miller Gulch
Double track for most of it. Easy climb back up.
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nolanurban (Aug 5, 2018 at 15:18)
Great trail, fun Little Rock features
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mtbyetico (May 9, 2018 at 8:20)
Did the Wilderness Boundary change? It used to be further west than the road by less than a mile.
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mtbyetico (May 9, 2018 at 8:20)
Did the Wilderness Boundary change? It used to be further west than the road by less than a mile.
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mtbyetico (May 9, 2018 at 8:20)
Did the Wilderness Boundary change? It used to be further west than the road by less than a mile.
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mtbyetico (May 9, 2018 at 8:20)
Did the Wilderness Boundary change? It used to be further west than the road by less than a mile.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for All day Buffalo Creek mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    6,669 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,669 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,719 ft
  • Grade max
    -49.4%
  • Grade min
    41%
  • Distance climb
    17 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Nice Kitty
Sep 24, 2022 @ 10:50am
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Sep 18, 2022 @ 11:19am
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Sandy Wash
Sep 18, 2022 @ 11:19am
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Little Scraggy Trail
Sep 17, 2022 @ 3:12pm
Sep 17, 2022
Most of the trail is running pretty solid. The main downhill, if going clockwise, is starting to get a little blown out. It is also looser than the rest of the trail, but definitely still rideable.
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Sep 3, 2022 @ 4:56am
Sep 3, 2022
the kitty litter is dry and loose
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