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Buffehr Creek Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.2 (12) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice descent in thick aspens, but a long grind up a dirt road.


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Map Key

14.3

Miles

23.1

KM

30%

Singletrack

10,067' 3,068 m

High

8,269' 2,520 m

Low

2,087' 636 m

Up

2,088' 637 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

39%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

The Buffehr Creek trail is a great descent through thick aspens (and great views), but it's quite a long ride up Red Sandstone Rd for the too-short payoff. Make it better (and longer) by adding Lost Lake Trail.

Need to Know

Buffehr Creek trail dead ends into the North Trail on your way down, which is a nice ride in both directions. Going left (east) will go to your car faster, but going right (west) is quite nice and you can easily return to your car via the paved bike path.

Description

Cruise up Red Sandstone Rd for 2,200 vertical feet over a couple miles until the road forks. The right fork (Lost Lake Road) would take you to a better ride called Son of Middle Creek. You can also follow that road to Lost Lake Trail, and regain this ride later. This is a good option to add more miles and singletrack to this ride.

But if you stay on this ride as mapped, stay left on Red Sandstone Rd, drop a couple hundred vertical and cross Red Sandstone Creek. The road gently climbs some more over the next few miles. The scenery is good thought the pine bark beetles have done extensive forest damage in this area.

Eventually you reach forest service road 734. It's the first and only option to turn left since you crossed the creek. It is marked as "Red and White Rd" or "Bufferhr Creek Rd". Follow this road through active logging (not so nice) until you get to a large clearing with great views. After a great view of an old cabin on a meadow, you'll turn left. Keep a sharp eye on the left side of the road and find the Buffehr Creek Connector that climbs uphill. Follow it until you reach a road and turn left on it.

About two miles down the road the singletrack begins. It's obvious and the only trail you'll have seen. The trail plummets down the aspen-covered slope directly across from Vail. Fun riding on quite steep trail.

It ends too quickly at an intersection with the North Trail. Turn left (east) for another mile of singletrack and you'll be at the parking area.

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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.2 from 12 votes

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in Vail

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Photos

Great look back at Vail
Aug 5, 2019 near Vail, CO
Aspen central
Aug 5, 2019 near Vail, CO
Starting the descent, with views of Vail and the Gore Range.
Jul 6, 2013 near Vail, CO
View from Buffehr Creek Trail back toward Lost Lake.
Sep 16, 2016 near Vail, CO
Over the big climb, you enter cool, flatter forested terrain.
Jul 6, 2013 near Vail, CO
Nice descent through the aspens.
Nov 6, 2012 near Vail, CO

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