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Buffalo Creek: Big Loop - IMBA EPIC

Intermediate
 4.6 (337) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice tour of some of the best of Buffalo Creek - mostly smooth singletrack with some climbing.


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24.3

Miles

39.1

KM

85%

Singletrack

8,053' 2,454 m

High

6,673' 2,034 m

Low

2,496' 761 m

Up

2,496' 761 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Family Friendly If your kids can handle a slightly longer ride, this is a great one to try and get them out on more intermediate difficulty trails.

Overview

If you're looking for an overview of what Buffalo Creek riding is about, this might be your ride. The trails in this area definitely have a local character, with little variation from trail to trail. Nothing is ever very technical, but there are many long climbs and descents, and lots of sandy, dry trail surface to keep things interesting.

Many riders come to Buffalo Creek early in the season, as these trails are often dry when every other option is muddy!

Need to Know

There are tons of ways to ride Buffalo Creek, and this ride is just one of them. You can make your loop as short or long as you want - just bring the MTB Project mobile app with you, and have at it!

Description

This ride starts out on the newer Nice Kitty trail, which starts out just a short distance up S Buffalo Creek Road from trailhead 543. It starts climbing immediately and fairly steeply, with switchbacks through heavy forest.

After a pretty good grind, it starts to open up a bit, crosses over some fun slickrock-type features, then the climb mellows out about halfway up, as you start to cross into the wide open, heavily burned zone at higher elevation. Up there, the trail gets a bit sandier, and winds around on itself as it works southeast towards the Colorado Trail.

The last 1/4 of the trail climbs fairly steeply again, eventually topping out with expansive views of the now barren landscape, with burned stick remnants of trees dotting the landscape.

The trail intersects with the Colorado Trail, where you'll turn right. Most of this section of the Colorado Trail flows nicely with minimal elevation gain. A mile or so in you'll come to a dirt road (Redskin creek Rd.) cross the road and continue on the CT. The trail then winds underneath Little Scraggy Dome - some of the Platte's best slab climbing is found here.

Keep rolling up and down a bit, then enjoy a fun fast descent over uncharacteristically rocky terrain until you come to a sign pointing towards Tramway or the Colorado Trail. You'll stay on the Colorado Trail past this intersection and all the way to Redskin Creek Trail, but there are a few more landmarks to look out for.

In the last 1/2 mile before Redskin Creek Trail, you'll cross Buffalo Creek Road, go through a gate, then left after the gate (right goes to the Buffalo Creek Trailhead), cross Redskin Creek Road, up a short hill and finally you'll see the sign for Redskin Creek Trail, where you'll take a right and follow this short little connector north to Gashouse.

Generally Gashouse is ridden in the opposite direction, but you'll come in halfway through the trail, so you won't feel too upset that you're climbing a sweet downhill. Climb up a bit and back into thick green forest, eventually topping out at Miller Gulch trail - a dirt road / two track.

You'll take a right onto Miller Gulch, but just ride this a very short distance. Keep an eye out for a major left turn in a few hundred yards (Homestead) then look for a sign in another 100 yards or less for Charlie's Cutoff. This is the trail you want next - and you won't want to miss it!

This short trail is fun from top to bottom, and I only wish it were longer. You'll definitely be heading in the preferred direction on this one - downhill!

There are several rock features along the way - everything is rideable, and expert riders will barely slow down. The features consist of 5 to 15 foot sections of smooth rock. Some have additional technical features with small drops or short downhill moves, but nothing crazy. You can ride this trail as fast as you're comfortable riding - there are no big surprises, just fun!

Before you know it, you'll pop out on the lower section of the Homestead trail, take a right. You'll just be on a small portion of this trail, as you trend downhill towards Sandy Wash. From this point, you don't have much more work to do - just fun!

Homestead will lead right into Sandy Wash - this trail is considered to be one of the must-do trails in the Buffalo Creek area. It's a steady descent the entire way.

There are no hugely technical sections, and the trail surface is mostly smooth dirt/sand the entire way down. You can really let it roll on this trail without worrying much about tight blind corners or technical sections.

This trail is a nice way to finish a longer cruise at Buffalo Creek - it drops you right down onto Buffalo Creek road. Make a left and cruise back to your car!

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann with improvements by Sergio Vz and 2 others

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 337 votes

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Photos

Just another flowy section on the colorado tail cutting through the aspens
Sep 20, 2016 near Pine, CO
Climbing up Nice Kitty in early summer in Colorado... doesn't get much better than this.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
Late spring is the best time to ride the Colorado Trail in Buffalo Creek... the trail does better with rain.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
Heart Rock Corner
Apr 5, 2013 near Pine, CO
Riding on Buffalo Burn, just before meeting up with the Colorado Trail.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
Taking a break up on the rocks.
Sep 4, 2016 near Pine, CO

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May 8, 2022
Brandon Morey
May 7, 2022
Tim Carrier
Apr 3, 2022
Jud Whiteneck
some snow on Colorado trail. gashouse, homestead, Kitty, and Sandy wash all primo 26.9mi — 4h 40m
Dec 4, 2021
Tim Jovanovic
Nov 21, 2021
Miles Southard
3054 vertical 25mi
Oct 11, 2021
Nicolas Bayou
24.2mi
Oct 5, 2021
Reed Harrington
Rode with addition/substitution of Little Scraggy and Raspberry Ridge/Blackjack 24.3mi
Oct 2, 2021
Henrik Trapness
Great fun. Not super challenging but your legs will feel it after 15 or so miles. 24.3mi

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