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A tour of a bunch of Buena Vista singletrack.


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Map Key

12.1

Miles

19.5

KM

50%

Singletrack

8,440' 2,573 m

High

7,940' 2,420 m

Low

982' 299 m

Up

981' 299 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Starting and ending in the main parking area the Buena Vista River Park, 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 and then onto the South Loop 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 CR304 leading you directly into Broken Boyfriend (6032A), 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 CR304 and take it south and very slightly uphill for about 3.0 miles to a junction and another parking lot.

From here, you can extend this loop by taking the Midland Bicycle Trail, 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 CR304 where you can decide again about extending your loop with the Midland Bike Trail Out and Back. If not, head north on CR304 and drop into the Whipple Trail and then the Steep Shortcut back to where you began.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jason Lampenrider with improvements by Jeff Welch and 1 other

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  3.8 from 44 votes

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Photos

Mount Princeton is the best backdrop.
Mar 20, 2021 near Buena V…, CO
Django is a good mix of flowy and technical, with a nice backdrop.
Nov 27, 2017 near Buena V…, CO
If you see multi-colored tape hanging from a tree, it typically means that something is coming. Big step up after a loose entry. Traction is good on the rock and surprisingly smooth throughout.
May 28, 2019 near Buena V…, CO
Great view from Fistful of Dollars Trail!
Jan 7, 2024 near Buena V…, CO
Heading down the last leg of the trail into town.
Sep 24, 2017 near Buena V…, CO
Beginning of the trail.
Jul 24, 2023 near Buena V…, CO
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