Upper Buffalo Headwaters - IMBA EPIC
ElevationAscent: 2,194' 669 m
Descent: -2,202' -671 m
High: 2,512' 766 m
Low: 1,769' 539 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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2019 Buffalo Headwaters Challenge
30.2 mi 48.6 km • Loop • 2,885 ft Ascent 879.43 m Ascent
Singletrack Huntsville, AR( 1 )
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“Remote backcountry singletrack in the heart of the Ozarks.”— Leslie Kehmeier
The Epic ride features some of the best experiences available - stunning scenery past steep cliffs, turquoise waterfalls, abundant wildlife and old-growth hardwood forests.
The forest closes back in here as you climb slightly and then descend gradually into the main Knuckles Creek drainage. Be prepared for several minor water crossing throughout this section. And don't forget to have a soak in the waterfall when you get to the bottom!
From the waterfall keep pedaling through the bottom of the valley through a beautiful section of rocky cliffs, out to Knuckles Creek Road Trail. From here, continue on to Azalea Connect Trail.
Stay straight on Azalea Falls Trail at intersection 23 and 22 and settle in for one of the best trails in the system. The dense forest eventually gives way to big trees, boulders and cliffs as you climb both gradual and steep sections along the route. The last bit of the trail winds through some house-sized boulders directly above the creek and the falls.
Roll out to the end of Azalea Falls Trail and connect to Sidewinder Trail via Connector: Ancients, Skyline, Zeester. on easy terrain. Sidewinder Trail is a steady climb with a few rocky sections on overgrown trail.
Stay left at the top and get ready for a rowdy descent on Wildcat Trail - expect lots of rocks, roots and tight turns. At the bottom, transition onto Twisted Hickory Trail, a traversing trail that has plenty of tech sections and one difficult but short climb.
Stay left at the end of Twisted Hickory Trail and descend Zeester all the way down to Buffalo Creek Trail. This part of the ride is very adventurous with several water crossings, most of which require wading the creek and carrying your bike.
After the last crossing, pedal onto intersection 8 and connect with Southern Slide Trail. From here the route climbs up from the creek on a quick, grinding climb to the South Bench Loop Trail. Stay right on South Bench Loop Trail and follow the contour through the hardwood forest back to the Azalea Falls Trail and out to Knuckles Creek Road Trail.
Finish the route with an easy pedal back up the road to the beginning of the ride.
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