5.4 miles
Distance
1,457 ft
Climb
-226 ft
Descent
01:21:11
Avg time
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  • USFS
    Land Manager

Buchanan Pass Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
    • Backcountry Ski
    • Nordic Ski
  • Riding Area
  • Ref Number
    #910
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #53879 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #77188 in Hiking
    • #1975 in Snowshoeing
  • Local Popularity
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 50 in Hiking
    • 75 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 70 in Skiing
  • Land Manager

The first 5.5 miles of this trail are outside the Wilderness Boundary, so you're free to ride them Be sure to stop at the edge of the wilderness though.

This trail features some gnarly rocks, especially in the upper half. If you push through though, you'll be rewarded with some excellent views and a fun decent. The adjacent jeep road is probably easier to climb on a technical level, but it isn't graded nearly as well as the trail.

This is a great winter fat bike trail!

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Buchanan Pass Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    1,231 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,560 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,791 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,560 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,791 ft
  • Grade
    4.301%
  • Grade max
    -19.413%
  • Grade min
    24.575%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4,094 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,698 ft
  • Avg time
    01:21:11
  • Avg reverse time
    02:00:23
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      Buchanan Pass Trail Trail Reports

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      Jun 20, 2022 @ 6:55pm
      Jun 20, 2022
      A couple splashy sections, a couple short muddy parts. No snow and and about as good as it gets.
      Feb 13, 2022 @ 9:00am
      Feb 13, 2022
      Rideable to the waterfall.
      Jan 24, 2022 @ 9:37am
      Jan 24, 2022
      Handpicked and fast to the falls; snowshoed, but soft above the falls.
      Dec 29, 2021 @ 1:08pm
      Dec 29, 2021
      Packed track is about 2.5 miles long, a mile short of the waterfall.
      Dec 28, 2021 @ 2:31pm
      Dec 28, 2021
      Really good from parking to bridge. Rideable but tough to mushroom rock. Not packed in to waterfall yet.
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      • 22 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 328 rides
      • Last: Feb 9, 2022

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