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A wide variety of Buffalo Creek's best trails, encompassing flowing singletrack and wide-open views.


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Map Key

23.5

Miles

37.8

KM

95%

Singletrack

8,533' 2,601 m

High

6,670' 2,033 m

Low

2,333' 711 m

Up

2,327' 709 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This ride features a good five-mile warm-up climb up Nice Kitty, the best 80% of Little Scraggy Trail, with a scenic and fun three-mile descent of Shingle Mill Trail.

A short 1.5-mile jaunt down Route 543 will present an option to parallel the road on Sandy Wash for a half mile or so, ending the ride at the Buffalo Creek Parking Lot.

Need to Know

No parking fee, but a donation is welcome. Expect a total elevation gain closer to 2,800'.

Description

Start at the Buffalo Creek parking lot off of Deckers Rd. Though not required, a cash donation is an option.

Begin ascending Rd 543 to the beginning of the Nice Kitty trailhead. Cross the small foot bridge on the lefthand side and begin the ascent of Nice Kitty. At around mile 4 of Nice Kitty -- just before the tree line -- there's a T-intersection: go right. Take some time to stop and enjoy the panoramic views before heading into the forest.

After five or so miles on NC, you'll reach the Little Scraggy Trail parking lot. LS is one of the best trails on the Front Range for flowing singletrack and beautiful forest. Little Scraggy loop begins just across FS Road 550. Follow the trail clockwise. Expect the first 5.5 miles to be a gentle, flowing combination of mostly ascent as well as beautiful and rideable granite features.

The final two miles of ascent picks up in technicality and steepness a little bit before a thrilling three-mile descent. Half-way down, you'll encounter a lookout to pause and rest with excellent views. A little further down, you'll come up to a first T-intersection: take a right onto the Colorado Trail. Follow this for a couple miles until eventually reaching a second T-intersection for Shingle Mill Trail. Make a left here and continue for the next three miles down the flowy SM Trail until you reach Rd 543 again.

At the end of SMT, take a right and ride the road for about 1.5 miles. Make a(n optional) left onto Sandy Wash for a last half mile of swoopy singletrack. Sandy Wash will spill back out onto Rd 543, taking you the last half mile or so back to the parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Fredrick with improvements by s platte and 3 others

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  4.6 from 34 votes

#473

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Photos

Cool people riding their own creation - the crew of Tony Boone Trails LLC.
Jun 30, 2016 near Pine, CO
So many airy features on Little Scraggy
Aug 21, 2017 near Pine, CO
Fun booter on the Scraggy trail at Buffalo Creek
Jul 4, 2016 near Pine, CO
Just another flowy section on the colorado tail cutting through the aspens
Sep 20, 2016 near Pine, CO
The builders took advantage of all the natural features to create one amazing ride. Here you sweep through some huge boulders
Aug 29, 2016 near Pine, CO
Every section of this trail has something fun to play on. Don't like getting rowdy? There are also bypasses as well.
Aug 29, 2016 near Pine, CO
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Check-Ins

May 4, 2024
Jake Crouse
Aug 22, 2023
bern hard
Jun 10, 2023
Kevin Hart
mostly dry 23.5mi — 3h 10m
May 29, 2023
Gritty Flyer
Conditions are dry. Great loop. 23.6mi — 2h 58m
May 4, 2023
Matthew Moodie
23.4mi — 3h 30m
Nov 8, 2022
Cam Hands
Oct 18, 2022
Ryan Vogelsberg
Nice Kitty wasn't very enjoyable, but Little Scraggy was very cool.
Oct 8, 2022
Karl Hoffmann
Loved the trails. What fun 30mi — 3h 45m
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