Mini-Tour of Buffalo Creek
ElevationAscent: 1,472' 449 m
Descent: -1,474' -449 m
High: 8,052' 2,454 m
Low: 6,671' 2,033 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)
Popular rides nearby
Buffalo Creek Big Loop - IMBA EPIC
24.2 mi 39.0 km • Loop • 2,590 ft Ascent 789.56 m Ascent
North Buffalo Creek Buck-Skipper-Strawberry Loop
8.1 mi 13.1 km • Loop • 1,213 ft Ascent 369.58 m Ascent
Buffalo Creek Loop - Pine Lake Trailhead
20.6 mi 33.2 km • Loop • 2,418 ft Ascent 737.12 m Ascent
CT - Indian Creek (Waterton Canyon Alt.)
19.0 mi 30.6 km • Point to Point • 2,810 ft Ascent 856.63 m Ascent
51.5 mi 82.8 km • Point to Point • 5,623 ft Ascent 1714.01 m Ascent
Staunton State Park - Full Clockwise Loop
19.9 mi 32.0 km • Loop • 2,692 ft Ascent 820.65 m Ascent
“A 15-mile loop of some of the best trails Buffalo Creek has to offer.”— Wendy Sweet
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Need to Know
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
Local Club: Colorado Mountain Bike Association