33.4 miles
Distance
4,521 ft
Climb
-4,532 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

The best loop to take in both little scraggy and blackjack in one loop

Detailed Description
Buffalo Creek - Little Scraggy and Blackjack loop is a 33 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Buffalo Creek Colorado. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 19 trails. This route climbs 4,521 ft with a max elevation of 8,552 ft then descends -4,532 ft.
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39 Reviews & Comments

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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 20:24)
Beginner/intermediate perspective. Rate this 3/5 and it's definitely a blue trail and not a black trail. There's the steepest part of the climb at the beginning of this section of trail followed by the downhill that you climbed for. Downhill was a lot of fun; flowy and fast with the infamous loose gravel as you would expect for Buffalo Creek but IMHO, it isn't worth all the climbing and distance you have to do to reach it. It's around a total of 3 miles of sustained downhill including the Colorado Trail segment you do if you're going back to the Little Scraggy Trailhead. The total mileage for the loop is around 12.5 miles. Juice isn't worth the squeeze.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 20:15)
Beginner/intermediate perspective. The climb towards the top goes through some nice areas with a good amount of elevation changes (although more up than down). The steepest part of the climb is actually on the West side of the trail but isn't shown under the East side trail map.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 20:07)
Trail Sandy Wash
Beginner/intermediate perspective. Rate it 4/5. Flowy and fast with rock features. Just like Homestead, Sandy Wash is marred by loose gravel. Getting towards the bottom, there is an option to make a hard right and rejoin the main road. Continue straight to stay on Sandy Wash and complete the trail.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 20:01)
Trail Homestead
Beginner/intermediate perspective. Rate it 4/5. Fast flow trail with rock features similar to Charlie's Cutoff. Moderate climb right after the creek crossing. The famous loose gravel of Buffalo Creek makes an appearance to only slightly dampen the experience.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 20:01)
Trail Homestead
Beginner/intermediate perspective. Rate it 4/5. Fast flow trail with rock features similar to Charlie's Cutoff. Moderate climb right after the creek crossing. The famous loose gravel of Buffalo Creek makes an appearance to only slightly dampen the experience.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 19:53)
Trail Baldy
Beginner/intermediate perspective. Although shorter by .2 or .3 miles than Gashouse, I would climb Gashouse everytime since they lead to the same place. Baldy has steeper grades and more rocks making for a harder, slower climb.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 19:40)
Beginner/intermediate perspective. I rate it 4/5. Fast, flowy descent with some cool rock rolls and features. Lots of loose gravel ready to ruin your day; a staple of Buffalo Creek. Small climb towards the end followed by the steepest grade of the trail. There's a drainage issue towards the end of the trail (V-shaped section) that would make it very easy to slide out if ridden wrong.
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izIMfdf (Oct 11, 2022 at 19:32)
Trail Skipper
Beginner/intermediate perspective. I rate it 4/5. Fun and fast descent down towards a creek with a punchy climb immediately after crossing the creek.
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gnarmtb95 (Sep 29, 2022 at 7:55)
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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WendyBMA BMA (Oct 11, 2022 at 7:56)
E-mtbs are not allowed on any non-motorized USFS trail in Colorado as of October 2022.
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gnarmtb95 (Oct 11, 2022 at 11:04)
According to new policies released by the USFS this last year they have expanded regional Ranger districts to authorize EMTBs on non-motorized trails at their discretion . In their literature online it says to call the Ranger district for the area to confirm their stance on ebikes. When I called the South Platte Ranger office they let me know class 1 eMTBs were allowed on the Little Scraggy trail system. But generally your statement is correct and maybe the Ranger didn’t know what they were talking about in relation to the wilderness they oversee, but if one calls a Ranger office and they say it’s good to ride with an ebike then one will ride it.
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WendyBMA BMA (Oct 11, 2022 at 11:46)
The new policies allow the USFS to a travel management plan to assess eMTB's. This has not happened at Buff Creek or anywhere in Colorado yet. eMTBs are allowed on all the motorized roads in the Buff Creek system. Just as I'm not going to tell you not to drive 85 mph hour on 285 on your way there, I won't tell you not to ride an eMTB. But the regulations state eMTBs are not allowed and the trailforks listing will remain as is.
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gnarmtb95 (Oct 11, 2022 at 12:32)
Well, then someone should tell the South Platte Ranger office to read the guidelines for their area cause they are giving out false information then.
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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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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 23:22)
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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misterjohn123 (Dec 17, 2021 at 23:18)
Trail Shinglemill
wide open singletrack with swoops turns. second half is fun and fast, nothing crazy to mention
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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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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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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 15:21)
Trail Skipper
Easy ride through forest to small descent down to a creek with a rewarding climb after.
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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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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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More Stats for Buffalo Creek - Little Scraggy and Blackjack loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -13 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,656 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,669 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,657 ft
  • Grade
    -0%
  • Grade max
    -49.4%
  • Grade min
    43.1%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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