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Mini-Tour of Buffalo Creek

 4.4 (99)

15.2 Miles 24.5 Kilometers



1,472' 449 m


-1,474' -449 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (8°)

8,052' 2,454 m


6,671' 2,033 m


Shared By Wendy Sweet


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Mostly Dry: one large ice patch covering S. Buff.Crk.Rd and some snowy patches throughout, but all clear History

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A 15-mile loop of some of the best trails Buffalo Creek has to offer.

Wendy Sweet

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Shorter and easier than the Buffalo Creek Big Loop - IMBA Epic, this mini-tour still hits some of the best Buffalo Creek trails.

Need to Know

Park at the Buffalo Creek parking area. This lot is free and local residents stock a shaded picnic area with snacks and drinks. Donations are recommended.


This ride is intended to be ridden clockwise. Head west on Buffalo Creek Road 543 for 4 miles. The road climbs from the parking lot but is never very steep. Around 4 miles, the Gashouse/Baldy Connector will be on your right. Get some speed into the turn, the cutoff is usually full of kitty litter.

After 0.1 miles, you'll come to the Gashouse / Baldy trail intersection. This ride takes the right turn to Baldy but left to Gashouse is a great ride too and will get you to the same spot.

Baldy is a decent climb, nearly 900 vertical feet in 3 miles. The trail sometimes has deep pea gravel sections and follows the fall line. You know you are getting close to the top when you climb up and around a big granite slab marked with rocks and tree limbs. There is an intersection at the end of Baldy and either direction will get you to Charlie's Cutoff, but this ride continues straight on the Gashouse Connector road.

Only 0.4 miles long, you'll soon come to another intersection with Miller Gulch Road. Follow Miller Gulch Road for about 3/4 of a mile until you come to an intersection on your left called Strawberry Jack. Turn left and go about 0.1 miles to the Charlie's Cutoff trailhead.

Now the fun is about to begin. Charlie's Cutoff trail playfully meanders through the granite features. Everything is roll-able and there are no drops. Enjoy the 1.3 downhill miles to the next intersection with Homestead Trail.

Make sure to stay right on Homestead Trail. The downhill fun continues, but near the end of this trail there is a shallow creek crossing. Make sure you are in an easy gear, the climb out of the creek bed is steep and punchy. At the top of the hill, you'll find yourself at another intersection. To the left is the double black Blackjack, stay right on Sandy Wash.This will be the last singletrack downhill adventure of the ride, and it's a good one. Fast and flowy with the occasional granite feature, this trail is one of the best at Buffalo Creek.

About 2 miles in, there is a right turn that goes down to Buffalo Creek road, but there's no reason to cut out there so keep the course for the last 1/2 mile of Sandy Wash goodness. And now you are back on Buffalo Creek Road 543 (make a left), about 1/2 mile from the parking lot.

History & Background

Many Buffalo Creek trails go through a large burn area from a 1996 forest fire.


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Oct 21, 2018
Adam Olson
15.1mi — 1h 48m
Oct 20, 2018
Chase Ballis
Oct 20, 2018
Daylene York
Oct 16, 2018
Steven G
Not a terrible climb, fast and flowing downhill 16.1mi
Oct 6, 2018
Mason R
Sep 29, 2018
Bobby German
Really enjoyed the last 5-6 miles ... mostly downhill. Didn’t care for the deep pea gravel in many areas of this trail system. 15.2mi
Sep 23, 2018
Richard Morris
Sep 22, 2018
Darren Squashic

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Thought this loop was pretty boring compared to other Buff Creek area rides. Most of it is green level riding except one section near the end that is low blue. Could only really recommend this ride for beginners. Oct 13, 2018

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