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

 13 votes

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°)

Minor Issues

80 days agoUpdate

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

Chuck McQuade

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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Description

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).

Colorado Trail segment 2 officially ends at the Little Scraggy Trail (marked on map). We chose to end this segment at 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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Sep 15, 2017
Gregory Ingram
Sep 4, 2017
Reed Harrington
Jul 30, 2017
Jill Murphy
Rode this mostly in a storm. Very high ground and exposed for lightning - the downside. Little flood risk. Time it right for the monsoon rains! 10mi — 1h 45m
Jul 8, 2017
Sarah Harvey
Apr 19, 2017
Rebecca Meritz
Apr 14, 2017
Kent Raney
This was an epic ride. My GPS said 3,700feet of climbing doing the out and back from Platte River Rd trailhead to Scraggy TH. Trail is in good shape. 21.7mi — 3h 01m
Oct 24, 2016
Gary Taylor
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  3.5 from 13 votes

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Minor Issues 80 days ago
Just the loose pea gravel.
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