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Buck Creek

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3.4 Miles 5.5 Kilometers


2,431' 741 m


-7' -2 m



Avg Grade (8°)


Max Grade (15°)

10,161' 3,097 m


7,730' 2,356 m


Shared By Nick Wilder


Minor Issues 88 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry, Some Mud, Fallen Trees - Upper section: mud, snow and deadfall, but rideable History

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A brutal climb up skinny singletrack along a nice creek, aspens, and meadows.

Nick Wilder

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From the parking area, the first quarter mile is an unpleasant hike-a-bike that crosses the creek three times and goes under the road repeatedly. Once you are free of the road, the scenery improves greatly and the trail is possibly rideable by very strong riders with huge lung capacity. The rest of us will walk most of the next half mile.

You enter a beautiful meadow and see a sign that indicates that the Avon forest ranger station was located here from 1907 to 1930. Imagine how remote and peaceful this area was back then...

After about 3/4 mile, the trail gets noticeably less steep and is rideable by mortals, though it's still very tough and you'll need to stop and breathe and enjoy the scenery. Great views of Beaver Creek and the mountains across the valley.

After a mile of nice riding, the angle kicks way up again. The trail is smooth, but so skinny and steep that it's not rideable by most people, and not even that easy to walk. This goes on for 1/2 a mile or so until you come to a beautiful meadow and the intersection of the Nottingham Trail.

If you're pooped, turn around here. It doesn't get much easier and there's still almost 1,000 feet of climbing left.

But if you're continuing, jog right (east) on the Nottingham Trail for 100 yards. This trail then turns left and resumes the climb up the same creek. This portion is popular with motorbikes, so it is wider, generally easier, and much more eroded.

Grind up and up, with occasional hike-a-bike sections, but also some easy rideable sections.

Eventually you'll end at Red and White dirt road, where you can turn around or make a huge loop with Red and White, to Nottingham, and back to the lower section of this trail.

The ride down Buck Creek is rideable all the way even by average intermediate riders, but it is a serious brake cooker! Stop, enjoy the scenery, and let your brakes cool once in a while.

I give this two stars - it's only a 1 star ride due to all the uphill hiking, but the scenery, forest, and creek are super nice.


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Jul 4, 2016
Ryan Spencer
Jun 11, 2013
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I haven't lived in the Vail valley long but found this ride to be most disappointing. The first sections of crossing the creek multiple times and the amount of walking needed is not so fun. In addition the uphill sections would be difficult even if you had the lungs and heart of Secretariat. While I did not connect this trail to the Nottingham cut off because of frustration and a flat tire, the Aspen groves are gorgeous to ride through on the way down. In conclusion I would only consider this ride as an exit trail! Jul 22, 2014
If you're trying to ride this uphill and you're not in training for the WC, you're missing something here... Preferred way to ride Buck Creek Trail: Either shuttle a car or ride the Eagle Valley Bike Path from Avon to West Vail. Climb Davos Hill Climb from West Vail, jump left onto Nottingham Ridge Trail just before the upper radio towers, then take a left and descend Buck Creek back to Avon. There are other random moto trails off of the Nottingham Ridge trunk that won't take you anywhere useful, so bring a map or smartphone and don't expect there to be signs marking a single one of these turns. The descent is pretty loose and trashy, and Nottingham Ridge Trail is pretty workedby motos in many parts, but overall this is a fun ride, especially in the fall when the Aspens are out. Jan 12, 2016

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