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Little Scraggy Trail Loop

 4.7 (417)

12.6 Miles 20.3 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

1,432' 436 m

Ascent

-1,443' -440 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

8,534' 2,601 m

High

7,659' 2,335 m

Low

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A great, new flow trail at Buffalo Creek, which combined with Nice Kitty is a BC classic ride.

Terry Smith

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Overview

A great new link-up at Buffalo Creek. This ride has it all: beautiful forests, interesting rock formations, some slick rock (with some technical options) and an incredible winding flow section. All this and it is 100% singletrack.

Description

The easiest way to reach this trail is from the Little Scraggy parking lot on FS Road 550, just west of County Road 126. Note that this is a fee parking area ($7). Free parking options are also available nearby.

This trail has been in progress for a couple of years, thanks in part to COMBA and many others. The loop was just completed (June 2016) and it was worth the wait!

From the Little Scraggy parking lot, the loop begins just across FS Road 550 (marked). Ride this one clockwise! The trail winds through forest with some nice rock features (even a little slickrock).

At the first junction (5.1 miles), take the right fork (the left leads to the Kelsey Campground) and begin a gentle climb west. At 6.8 miles, you'll reach the beginning of an incredible flow section. This section winds downhill with bermed corners, good visibility and incredible views.

Toward the end of the new section, you get great views of Little Scraggy Dome, a cool (though rarely used) rock climbing area. The next junction (presently unmarked) at 9.2 miles is with the Colorado Trail. To complete the loop, turn right and follow the Colorado Trail back to the Little Scraggy parking lot.

Turn left to continue on the Colorado Trail and to other Buffalo Creek adventures. Of course, you can start this loop from the main BC parking lot on Forest Road 543. A nice option is to climb Nice Kitty and Buffalo Burn to the Little Scraggy parking lot, do the loop and descend Shingle Mill Trail back to the main Buffalo Creek lot.

History & Background

This ride lies outside the parts of Buffalo Creek that were burned in a series of forest fires. The ride completely circles Little Scraggy Peak, which is dotted with towering granite rock formations.

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Jul 7, 2021
Sam Whetsel
I get dcushs do f wggyx
Oct 13, 2018
Michael Phan
12.3mi
Oct 13, 2018
Jake Buls
Oct 12, 2018
Fat Lander31
Oct 8, 2018
Mike Lagreca
That climb is no joke. I had to walk some of it. Please dont let it fool you like me. Check the alt graph for reference. 13.5mi
Oct 7, 2018
Faruk Ramovic
Oct 6, 2018
Michael Colby
Favorite trail in Colorado
Oct 6, 2018
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Beyond fun. One of the best rides at Buffalo Creek. If you've never been there, make this your first stop. There are many alternate lines to take, obstacles to master, and speed to be found. You can make this ride moderately-easy or hard, depending on what features you tack on and how you ride them. Stellar trail, super worthwhile. Everything flows, and you get rewarded for experimentation. Aug 6, 2018
I rode this while it was dry and that was bad. Loose, sandy kitty litter the whole way had me nearly washing out even at slow speeds. The trail has a lot of hidden stuff waiting to tear up your pedals and/or crank. The downhill sections are fun and the uphill section from the CT intersection has enough interesting features to keep you distracted. Sep 23, 2018
Fun trail, but in no way best in CO. Downhill was fantastic (duh!), uphill got a little dull. It was like riding in Garden of the Gods, very scenic, nice rock formations, nothing very technical. We decided it was Moab Lite. We went pretty far out of our way to do it, not sure I would go that far again, but if in the area certainly would. 4 days ago

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