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Mini-Tour of Buffalo Creek



15.2 mile 24.5 kilometer loop
60% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,472' 449 m
Descent: -1,474' -449 m
High: 8,052' 2,454 m
Low: 6,671' 2,033 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)


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Trail shared by Wendy Sweet

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

Wendy Sweet

Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed

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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 labeled Homestead Trail. Turn left and go about 0.1 miles to the Charlie's Cutoff trailhead on the right.

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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May 18, 2020
May 16, 2020
Jake Web
May 16, 2020
John Westergard
Family's first trip to Buffalo Creek. Mel enjoyed only the ascent, Kane only the descent, and Cameron and I the whole thing. 15.4mi — 2h 22m
May 16, 2020
Eli Thomas
May 15, 2020
Jen Nazzaro
1665' 15.7mi — 2h 00m
May 9, 2020
Sean Brady
May 1, 2020
16mi — 2h 34m
May 1, 2020
Tom Romero
With Scotty & Teo. Excellent day. 16.2mi — 3h 05m

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