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Buckhorn Traverse

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

Up and down, back and forth through sage meadows above the mid valley of the Roaring Fork.


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Map Key

4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

Singletrack

7,281' 2,219 m

High

6,813' 2,077 m

Low

258' 79 m

Up

657' 200 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly With exception of the climbing effort required to access the trail, and a few steeper pitches, the trail should be welcoming to both new and younger riders.

Winter closure for bikes on this BLM route is Dec. 1 through April 15. If spring conditions allow, you can explore this trail during late April or early May, plan accordingly, as you won't be able to enter the Glassier Open Space property.

Description

Use this trail as a worthy connection between Buckhorn and Glassier OS Trail. The trail can be enjoyed in either direction, with steeps ups and downs on the northwest end, and berms and fun in-sloped rollers and jumps on the southeast end.

The terrain is mostly sage meadows, with dense scrub oak never too far away. Views of the Roaring Fork Valley, Basalt Mountain, and even the horizon towards the Flattops make for a classic Colorado scene.

This trail is perfect for a quick after work ride in either direction by creating a loop with the Rio Grande Trail, Buckhorn, and Glassier OS Trail.

Note that the trail crosses a number of doubletrack roads which descend north to private property; best to stay on the trail at these intersections.

RFMBA designed this trail, worked with the BLM to achieve required approvals, and secured funding from Mid Valley Trails Committee of Eagle County and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails so that a combination of volunteers, Tony Boone Trails & the Tango Trailworks crew could turn the plan into reality.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mike Pritchard with improvements by Kristen Arendt and 2 others

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  4.0 from 6 votes

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Get here early and you'll be blown away at beauty that is wild flowers!
May 13, 2014 near El Jebel, CO
Leaving Glassier Open Space, starting down Buckhorn Traverse on BLM land.  Roaring Fork Valley floor is to the right.
Aug 2, 2017 near El Jebel, CO
Buckhorn Traverse soon after the Glassier trail connects.
Jun 3, 2019 near El Jebel, CO
Start of trailhead from Buckhorn Traverse.
Aug 1, 2019 near El Jebel, CO
RFMBA Trail construction information.
Aug 1, 2019 near El Jebel, CO

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Oct 7, 2020
Hiro Protagonist
Jul 24, 2019
Courtney Morrone
Fun climb challenging switchbacks flowy downhill mostly exposed 14.3mi — 1h 55m
Jul 22, 2019
Paul Hunting
May 15, 2019
Cassidy Kodas
Glassier Access Road was still closed so went from trailhead parking to Rio Grande trail to Buckhorn to Buckhorn Traverse. Nice views. — 3h 00m