11.1 miles
1,469 ft
-1,474 ft
2 miles
High Point

This loop is possible in the summer and winter and is difficult in each season for different reasons.

Park at the Peaceful Valley trailhead. Head west on Buchanan Trail, then head up Beaver Resevoir Cutoff to Coney Creek Road. The single track is rocky, steep and challenging. Coney Creek Road is a heavily trafficked 4x4 road. There's an out of date sign an the intersections of Coney and Middle St Vrain stating that bikes are not allowed on the trail. This information is incorrect. You'll come down Buchanan Pass trail back to where you started.

Summer: Rocks, rocks and more rocks The singletrack is very challenging in both steepness and technical features. Coney Creek Road is open to off-roading traffic and is very busy. It also has several large puddles than never dry up. Buchanan Pass Trail is a very popular hiking destination.
Pro-tip: There is not a set opening or closing date of the motor vehicle gate. Try timing this ride in spring or fall when the ground is mostly dry but the gate is still shut. Otherwise, hit it very early in the morning or as an evening ride to avoid jeeps.

Winter: A good layer of snow covers up all the rocks making this a great fatbiking ride. Buchanan and the lower section of Coney Creek are usually well packed. The western-most 3 miles of this route are not well traveled and traverse some open areas and thus are often untracked and drifty.
Pro-tip: Check conditions on Front Range Fattys before heading out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1422762624607648/. And it's a good idea to carry snowshoes with you should you need to do some extended hiking.

Detailed Description
Coney Buchanan Loop is a 11 mile popular expert route located near Ward Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 4 trails. This route climbs 1,469 ft with a max elevation of 9,821 ft then descends -1,474 ft.
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
andy-legrunge (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:11)
This is signed at both ends as “hikers and skiers only.” Can anyone confirm?
  • + 5
WendyBMA BMA (Sep 19, 2020 at 15:47)
The US Forest Service has confirmed that that sign is incorrect and antiquated but the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance has not been able to get it removed. The trail does cross through private property, that the forest service has an easement through.
  • + 1
andy-legrunge (Sep 19, 2020 at 18:31)
Thank you!

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  • Altitude min
    8,538 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,548 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,543 ft
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    5 miles
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    5 miles
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    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Buchanan Pass Trail
Mar 13, 2023 @ 5:56am
Mar 13, 2023
Packed to the waterfall on Sunday. Conditions were tricky for uphill riding with a narrow pack and slippery snow but all ridable downhill. Should only get better as the recent snowfall gets more packed.
Beaver Reservoir Cutoff Trail
Mar 4, 2023 @ 5:40pm
Mar 4, 2023
Super great
Coney Creek Road
Nov 22, 2022 @ 9:38am
Nov 22, 2022
Snow covered and Jeep-packed as a two-track. Occasional uncovered rocks.
Coney Non-Motorized Spur
May 25, 2021 @ 8:26am
May 25, 2021
Trails are open. Please update conditions if you ride.
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  • By WendyBMA BMA & contributors
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