13 miles
2,463 ft
-2,462 ft
2 miles
High Point

Park at the North Trail parking lot trailhead on Red Sandstone Rd. Head up the paved road out of the parking lot and hit the dirt heading up Red Sandstone Rd towards Piney Lake.

Old FDR 724 can be tough to spot but its a much better option than taking the road all the way around to Buffehr. Keep an eye out for it after the big right hand turn switchback, then you'll see a gate on your right, and keep watching for faint singletrack on your left heading up into the trees. It can be steep and braided but its singletrack and the views of the Gore Range are incredible. You end at a campsite then head up the campsite road to Red & White Mountain Rd. Take a left and head towards Buffehr.

The first Buffehr singletrack section is fast and flowy with some tight trees and switchbacks. Then you jump across the road onto more singletrack followed by a downhill on doubletrack.

The doubletrack turns into singletrack and you begin a short climb. Then the fun, fast, downhill with some small drops through some of the best aspens in the Valley! Take a left at the North Trail intersection and enjoy a mostly downhill ride back to the trailhead.

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More Stats for Buffehr Creek Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    8,264 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,268 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,269 ft
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,391 ft
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      Buffehr Creek
      Aug 29, 2018 @ 9:02am
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      Three trees down on the downhill section...keep your head up and be aware! reporter
      Buffehr Creek Road
      Aug 29, 2018 @ 9:02am
      Aug 29, 2018
      North Trail Connector
      Apr 6, 2018 @ 6:01pm
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      Seasonal Closure from April 15 - June 20 reporter
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