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Buzzard Gulch Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.9 (20) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Fun easy singletrack close to Montrose.


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11.6

Miles

18.7

KM

60%

Singletrack

6,672' 2,034 m

High

6,177' 1,883 m

Low

1,050' 320 m

Up

1,058' 322 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Don't ride when muddy. Wear orange during hunting season!

Overview

Buzzard is a combination of trails that have been dramatically improved and expanded by the BLM in 2012-2013. The trails are named and intersections are numbered, but it's pretty easy to find your way around. It isn't very technical, but can provide a good workout on singletrack close to town.

Need to Know

The BLM publishes a helpful map of the area:

blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/ufo/rec…

Description

To get there from town head out towards Dave Wood Rd, but take a sharp right on Popular Rd and go west about 3/4 mile. Take a left on Spring Canyon Rd and the TH will be on the left in about 1/4 mile.

Ride up the doubletrack from your car. There is a left turn that goes back towards Dave Wood Rd about 1/2 mile in. Pass this and continue straight up Buzzard Gulch. The doubletrack eventually turns into singletrack and there are numerous splits as you head south. I suggest climbing the east side trails and descending the west side.

At the top, you have the option of continuing south on doubletrack to meet up with Dave Wood Rd (and Lower Spring Creek Trail) or you can head about 1/8 mile west to a nice overlook at Spring Creek Canyon. The descent on the west side trails is fun and flowy. Watch out for cacti!

Contacts

Shared By:

Tim Judkins

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 20 votes

#1533

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  3.9 from 20 votes
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Photos

Marcus rice catching some air on Rusty Buckets
May 29, 2014 near Montrose, CO
Coming hot off of PJ Way.
Jul 25, 2016 near Montrose, CO
On the edge of the rim
Aug 3, 2018 near Montrose, CO
The boneyard
Aug 1, 2013 near Montrose, CO
East access to Vulture Rim
Jan 17, 2015 near Montrose, CO
Upper Buzzard Gulch through the sagebrush.
Jul 25, 2016 near Montrose, CO

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May 31, 2020
Krisana Barrett
7.4mi — 1h 40m
Apr 28, 2020
David Nixon
Fun time as usual. 14.7mi — 1h 20m
Mar 14, 2020
David Nixon
Trails are in great shape. 9.6mi
Aug 5, 2019
steven crisp
Jul 23, 2019
Kai Hollenberg
6.8mi — 0h 50m
May 6, 2019
Mike Bohan
7.8mi — 0h 51m
Sep 11, 2018
David Nixon
9.8mi
Aug 28, 2018
Michael Winn