5.4 miles
Distance
1,289 ft
Climb
-52 ft
Descent
01:35:24
Avg time
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    Land Manager

Buchanan Pass Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Horse
    • 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
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Horseback
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
    • 5 in Skiing
    • 5 in Skiing
  • Land Owner

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
    1,241 ft
  • Altitude min
    8,547 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,788 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,547 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,790 ft
  • Grade
    4.3%
  • Grade max
    -22.2%
  • Grade min
    27.7%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    1,732 ft
  • Distance flat
    669 ft
  • Avg time
    01:35:24
  • Avg reverse time
    01:44:26
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on Dec 10, 2023
Snow Covered
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      Buchanan Pass Trail Trail Reports

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      Dec 10, 2023 @ 10:59am
      Dec 10, 2023
      Mostly snow covered with just a few rocks/boulders poking through. Winter is here, fatlike required!
      Oct 16, 2023 @ 9:35am
      Oct 16, 2023
      Oct 1, 2023 @ 6:21am
      Oct 1, 2023
      Wet in the usual spots. Overall normal late summer / early fall conditions.
      Mar 25, 2023 @ 3:01pm
      Mar 25, 2023
      The trail is running okay from the parking lot to the road crossing. Buchanan up to the falls was drifty and soft. Mostly rideable downhill,...
      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...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 24 rides
      • 9 miles avg distance
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      • 498 rides
      • Last: Jul 16, 2024

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      Dec 11, 2023 @ 6:37am
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      Jul 10, 2020 @ 9:10pm
      Jul 10, 2020

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