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Nice Kitty

Intermediate
 4.2 (88)

A relentless climb with nice scenery to get you up to the Colorado Trail.


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Map Key

5.2

Miles

8.3

KM

Singletrack

7,828' 2,386 m

High

6,736' 2,053 m

Low

1,195' 364 m

Up

103' 31 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Description

Nice Kitty 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 most folks will turn right to make a loop and connect with any number of other trail options at Buffalo Creek. Have a plan ahead of time, or bring the MTB Project mobile app to help you find your way.

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann with improvements by s platte and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 88 votes

#41

Overall
  4.2 from 88 votes
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Trail Rankings

#16

in Colorado

#41

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Photos

Climbing up Nice Kitty in early summer in Colorado... doesn't get much better than this.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
It's like an alien landscape on the Buffalo Creek trails thanks to a few very large wildfires back around 2000.
Nov 16, 2015 near Pine, CO
Buff Creek Big Loop (in Spanish)
Sep 21, 2018 near Pine, CO
Burned over section of Nice Kitty is recovering.
Oct 29, 2016 near Pine, CO
High up on Nice Kitty.
Jul 20, 2016 near Pine, CO
After gaining some serious elevation on Nice Kitty, riders are rewarded with great views.
May 26, 2013 near Pine, CO

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Jun 13, 2021
Terra Moyers
5.2mi
May 26, 2021
Beth Daniel
Rated according to going down. 5.2mi
Oct 24, 2020
Geena Kim
Steep and has big rocks for the first 40%, then it becomes nicer! Can do a nice loop Nice Kitty>Little Scraggy>Shingle Mill>Buffalo creek parking lot 12mi
Oct 9, 2020
Kevn Brouillette
Aug 8, 2020
Ken Silvers
Makes a nice loop when connected to Colorado Trail and Shinglemill down to Buffalo Creek Road 14.5mi — 2h 15m
Aug 2, 2020
Mike Palamara
5.2mi
Jul 15, 2020
Dan Lebsack
Jun 11, 2020
Spencer Merage
W Buis. Nice kitty to shingleMill to road to baldy to Charlie's to Sandy wash. Big fun ride 22mi