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Little Scraggy Trail Loop

 4.7 (368)

12.6 Miles 20.3 Kilometers



1,594' 486 m


-1,603' -489 m



Avg Grade (3°)


Max Grade (11°)

8,538' 2,602 m


7,657' 2,334 m


Shared By Terry Smith


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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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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.


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 ($6). 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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Aug 16, 2018
Spencer Gurley
Awesome ride!! Great way to end the day. 12mi
Aug 14, 2018
Sean Tansey
Aug 11, 2018
Brooks Witter
Aug 10, 2018
John Swallow
Aug 10, 2018
Tony Orr
Aug 10, 2018
Bradley Booker
Amazing Ride. Bring lots of water 12.5mi
Aug 9, 2018
Matthew Vernon
Aug 6, 2018
Nathan Beauchamp
12.6mi — 1h 35m

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Rode Little Scraggy as a loop on May 6, 2018 for the first time this season. Caution: they are tearing through the first 1.5 miles with bulldozers and cutting big swaths of trees down for some reason. Really aggravated me as it's pretty bad on the scenery and the shade. One section of the trail which is on the southeast facing side of a hill has been completely clear cut of trees. I think it's private land so there is no recourse, but it sure is sad to see them destroying so much of what was great about this trail. Maybe it will cut down on the crowds but I doubt it. I guess I should relish the few seasons I had when this trail was great and uncrowded. Time to move on as they say. May 11, 2018
rattlesnakes in this area? Jun 9, 2018
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

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