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Buena Vista Singletrack Loop

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Rank: #7 in the Salida area
#101 in Colorado
#677 Overall
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“A tour of a bunch of Buena Vista singletrack.”
Jason Lampe on Aug 2, 2013
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11.518.5 milesKilometers 1,063’324 m Ascent 8,452’2,576 m High 3.5% Avg Grade
50% Singletrack -1,070’-326 m Descent 7,895’2,406 m Low 14.3% Max Grade
Overview
Starting and ending in the main parking lot, you'll enjoy a good taste of Buena Vista's singletrack. If you're looking for more miles, combine this loop with the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back.
Description
Begin at the Buena Vista riverside parking lot and cross the small bridge over the Arkansas river. Climb slightly along the Whipple Trail (lower portion), which is mainly smooth singletrack. Continue straight when you come to the fork heading uphill. After about a mile, you climb up to and cross Fire Road 304 leading you directly into 6032, which climbs up and then turns to head north. The terrain is rolling singletrack with a few bits of sandy and rocky areas. After about 1.5 miles, you return to Fire Road 304 and take it south and very slightly uphill for about 3 miles to a junction and another parking lot.

From here, you can extend this loop by taking the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back, or dive right into the Gentleman's Tail Trail. The Gentleman's Tail winds its way west and downward through relatively rocky and tight turns and bottoms out into a fire road. From here, you can cross directly over this fire road and begin the climb up 6034 or climb the fire road.

Both lead you back to Fire Road 304 where you can decide again about extending your loop with the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back. If not, head north on Fire Road 304 and drop into the Whipple Trail (upper portion) back to where you began.
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Land Manager: BLM Colorado - Gunnison Field Office
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PHOTOS of Buena Vista Singletrack Loop
 2.7 from 3 votes
Cairns marking the nondescript entrance of Gentleman's Tail (Buena Vista, CO)
 2.0 from 4 votes
Crossing the Arkansas looking south (Buena Vista, CO)
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The obvious start of 6032 (Buena Vista, CO)
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The start of 6034 (Buena Vista, CO)
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