CT - Segment 2: South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy TH

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10.3 Miles 16.6 Kilometers

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Singletrack

2,175' 663 m

Ascent

-619' -189 m

Descent

7,764' 2,366 m

High

6,112' 1,863 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

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7,764' 2,366 m

High

6,112' 1,863 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Stays within the Buffalo Creek Fire area for 80% of the ride and is mostly flat, gravelly and flows

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Overview

This is a well defined trail winding its way through the Buffalo Creek Fire (1996). The singletrack is fast and flows nicely along the gravelly trail with great views of the fire's devastation and the recent new growth.

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There is a large parking lot on Platte River Rd. which marks the end of segment 1 of the Colorado Trail and the beginning of segment 2. Cross the large iron bridge over the Platte River and begin by heading south along the river for a brief stent before heading west over a short section of shale. From here follow a well defined trail winding its way through the Buffalo Creek Fire (1996).

The segment officially ends at the Little Scraggy Trail (marked on Map) We chose to end the segment at the Deckers Rd. and ride back to Platte River Trailhead for a great out and back ride. Thus when we rode segment 3 of the Colorado Trail, we started from the roadside parking lot (marked on map) then rode the short distance to the Little Scraggy Trail.

History & Background

Buffalo Creek Fire (1996) burned for 1 week, scorching 10,000 acres of forest covering a distance of over 10 miles with a 2 mile width. The fire also destroyed 18 homes.

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Aug 27, 2016
Dana Weber
Good out and back ride! 22mi — 2h 30m
Aug 20, 2016
Andrea Tupy
Oct 17, 2015
Noah Rabinowitz
Oct 13, 2015
Terry McCormack
Top of the climb and back. Daylight and weather turned us back 10mi
Jul 15, 2014
Evan Chute
We rode this as an out-and-back in reverse of the directions described here. We also started at the Little Scraggy TH and didn't quite go all the way. 22.2mi — 2h 50m
Jun 15, 2014
Brian Buccellato
May 18, 2014
Chad Braunbeck
this plus imba epic at buffalo creek 45.6mi
May 23, 2013
Rob Hibit
Beautiful ride. The trail is often quite loose and sandy. Be careful! 20mi

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  3.3 from 4 votes

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All Clear on Aug 16, 2016

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