Buffalo Creek

   
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14
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 9,000 ft
↓ 9,600 ft
7
avg mph
585
ridden
550
wishlist
2:52
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
4.52 out of 5
About This Trail
added by jeff World Champ on May 15, 2004
 
Wow, this trail is awesome. I had high expectations after riding the Green Mountain and Morrison Creek sections off the nearby Colorado trail and Buffalo Creek didn't disappoint. The climb on Buffalo Creek road is nice and steady as it follows the stream up.
Baldy trail takes you through some burned out sections of forest and over a short stretch of slickrock as you near the top of the climb (about 1000 feet by the time it's all done). The singletrack downhills on this trail are amazing, especially Charlie's Cutoff with more slickrock sections and some hairy turns through some cool rock formations. Sandy Wash has some nice banked turns and some technical sections near the top (parts of this go through some more burned out forest sections). When you're back down to the road you'll be amazed at how much downhill you got out of that easy little climb. Awesome, you gotta try this trail!
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System Trails (13)
Buck Gulch
Morrison / Shinglemill Creek
Baldy Trail
Blackjack / Raspberry Ridge
Sandy Wash
Gashouse Gulch
Homestead
Charlie's Cutoff
Buffalo Burn Trail
Miller Gulch
Nice Kitty
Skipper
Strawberry Jack
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Chris Carlton on July 19, 2014
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Review: The biggest and best system I've ridden so far

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tlongpine on July 1, 2014
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Review: Mountain Biking doesn't get much better than stringing together the loop using Nice Kitty, Colorado Trail, Green Mountain, Gashouse, Homestead, Raspberry Ridge and Sandy Wash. Ride the loop Clockwise from the BC Trail (#543)

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mabu4787 on June 29, 2014
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Review: I'm nearly a complete beginner (total of 5 MTB rides under my belt), but I had a great time on these trails. Walked a few spots on the uphills and let a few people pass on the downhills, but made it everywhere I wanted to go in the end. I had multiple people ask to look at my map, so perhaps heeding the advice to bring a map is a good idea.

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swoodhull on April 27, 2014
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Review: Seriously awesome trail! Lots of climbing, descending, amazing views and very unique landscape. Highly recommend to check out, use the wide array of trails to pick a route that works for you.

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Skoofer on April 13, 2014
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Review: Rode here a few summers ago, can't remember the route or specific trails but overall I LOVED this place. Can't wait to go back and spend more then 1 day riding. Tons of flow, fun rock sections & some serious tech if you want it.

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jbarb1 on November 17, 2013
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Review: Make sure to research the trails and topography beforehand or you may find yourself wishing you were riding down instead of up as I did a handful of times. But when you do reach the tops of the unavoidable climbs, you will be rewarded with some epic riding. As an out of towner I car camped for 4 days in the many secluded camping spots right next to the trails in and around the Buffalo Creek area, which saved a lot of commute time and money. GPS on my phone was a life saver. Amazing pristine wilderness riding through some unique wild fire burnout areas.

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pgee79 on November 12, 2013
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Review: I don't get the love affair. It was good, but the sections towards the CO trail are way better. The north side of the jeep road is super sandy. Charlie's cutoff is pretty cool. But the main descent is called sandy wash, which means its sandy. I never ride this part anymore, so maybe I should give it another shot.

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FinishSTRONG7 on October 8, 2013
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Review: Awesome trail network! One can easily ride forested singletrack here all day without doing the same trail twice. The best attribute is that this is endless classic Colorado mountain biking not adjacent to any touristy towns.

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tlongpine on October 8, 2013
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Review: There are sections of this trail that are world class, and sections that are in serious need of re-engineering.

Many trail junctions are poorly marked along the network of trails.

Loose topsoil and gravel sections really undercut what would otherwise be a sublime mountain bike trail.

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tikigoddess on June 14, 2013
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Review: This network of trails would be my favorite ride to date. The Buffalo Creek trail is what a mountain biking trail should be. The scenery is awesome, wild flowers growing everywhere and animals (deer and chipmunks) all around. Plenty of shaded areas except when you go through areas covered by the 1996 fire. These sections can be quite eerie and hot under direct sun. Bring LOTS of water, I mean a lot. Maxed out my 2liter pack at half way point. It was hot out there when we rode at 11 a.m. Go earlier if you plan to do most of the loops. The trail system is fully marked but can get quite confusing. Download the map from the IMBA website, it's free and can be viewed offline as jpeg on your phone.

This trail is long--- don't be confused about the info on singletracks that this trail is 14miles. It is about 24-40 miles depending on which loops you get into. There are 2 ways to start this trail. You can either hit Pine Valley Ranch Park and access the Buffalo Trail system through the Strawberry Jack Trail 710. It'll be a steep uphill for over 4 miles and then it evens out when you get to the main trail junction. Then you can have your pick to either go try the Hometead Trail 728 which leads to the famed black diamond rated Black Jack or if you're a wuss like me, you'll head out further up and take left to Charlie's Cuttoff 729. Then you can just play around and connect all the different loops as you like for maximum fun.

However, if you would like to avoid the uphills. You can head to the Buffalo Creek Camp Grounds and park there. You have to option to take the Co Trail 1776 into Buffalo Creek or Green Mountain 722 to Gashouse Trail 726. The uphills on this side are a lot more forgiving than when you start at Pine Valley Ranch. It is also a lot more shaded with trees on each side. Just beautiful rolling single track with none of that crazy rocky, rooty or ultra technical stuff. These trails are just awesome. So to get to the Buffalo Creek Camp Ground, instead of turning right to Pine Valley Ranch, head down through town about 3 miles and you'll see a sign on the right for Pike National Forest/Buffalo Creek Camps. Follow the dirt road all the way down until you reach the Paid camping area for BC on the left side. The entrance to the trails will be on the right. A small dirt road marked 543 will lead you to Redskin Creek, Tramway or Shinglemill. If you keep following the dirt road to the left, it will take you to Meadow's Group camp ground which will lead to part of the Colorado Trail 1776.

Man, I can go on and on about how amazing this trail system is. Trails like this are the reason why Colorado mountain biking is soooo good.

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail

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Aaron_Provance on May 20, 2013
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Review: Blackjack Trail in Buff Creek is a must for any technical rider that enjoys drops and test pieces. Beautifully designed!

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdy

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yoscamp on May 16, 2013
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Review: Took my wife and 8 year old son up here on a ride last weekend. It was fun as all get out, after the first 3-4 miles of climbing the buck gulch trail. Beautiful views, even with a burn area. We got ran off by time and weather, although my son did very well for his first time on a Mountain, and a mountain bike that wasnt riding through our part of Denver. Loved it, plan on going back to finish out the rest of the trail system. It was great !!!!!

Similar Trail: Not sure just getting into riding again, and used to the rating systems.

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jamesm925 on May 13, 2013
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Review: This network of trails puts every other trail on the front range to utter shame.

You can easily put in 50 miles and only cover 50-60% of the trails.

I like my trails to be fast and flowing with obstacles in their place and not in the middle of a 3 mile climb at grade.

Hike-a-bike = no fun.
fortunately, you can ride up every climb. I only found 2 spots that required hiking. everything else was manageable.

The are loooong sight lines, fast, swoopy, flowing descents that roll for miles with no end in sight, and fun climbs that reward you with amazing downhills.

You can link up w/ some of the best sections of the colorado trail and find yourself on a flowy forest trail with roots, rocks and fantastic descents.

If the trails at this place dont bring a smile to your face, then you have no soul.

It's like mountain bike heaven.

The trails can be a bit sandy in some spots. the shinglemill descent comes to mind. but it's fun once you get comfortable and by no means does it take away from the fun factor. sure, you can't rail the berms as much as you'd like in some spots, but the massive diversity of trails more than makes up for it.

if you go:

park at the pine valley ranch lot and take the following route:

buck gulch (climb) - skipper - charlie's cutoff - sandy wash - nice kitty (climb) - buffalo burn - shingle mill - morrison creek (climb) - shinglemill (climb) - colorado trail - redskin creek (climb) - gas house - millers gulch connector - strawberry jack (one of the best descents with lots of water bars to launch off). this route is around 35 miles and will leave you with nothing but smiles.

If you get losts, just follow the sounds of "woohooo!" through the woods, and you can't go wrong :) although, you should probably download the map onto your phone.

The trail network is big enough that you usually only run into other riders at trail intersections, despite the park lots being full.

The whole network of trails is bisected by a fire road. So you can essentially shuttle different parts of the network and pick and choose the routes.

charlie's cut-off to sandy wash has some fantastic slick rock obstacles that are just plain fun.

if you want to scare the shit out of yourself, head up strawberry ridge to black jack.

otherwise, most of these trails lack the 'technical' rock fields and rock gardens characteristic of many front range trails (heil and hall ranch). you can actually ride at a good pace without ever having to hike up obstacles or muscle over nasty rock gardens.

I think Heil ranch is not fun at all; constantly having your tire sidewalls slashed by rocks, kicked around and forced to ride at a granny pace b/c the trails do everything they can to slow you down.

in contrast, buffalo creek lures you into pedaling harder, swooping through curves and 10-30 min descents, giving you obstacles but never forcing you off your bike unless you want to challenge yourself w/ the blackjack trail.

you haven't lived until you've rode these trails. GIT IT!

Similar Trail: nothing even compares...

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dakotan25 on May 8, 2013
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Review: Rode this section for the first time. Damn. Conditions were perfect: Cool day, dry tracks, empty trail. I'm just mad that I'm typing this at work and not riding.

Similar Trail: Lair O the Bear

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Jared13 on May 3, 2013
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Review: Make sure you a lot plenty of time to ride this trail. I only had 2 hours and caught just a small portion of what it had to offer.
90 minutes of climbing followed by 30 minutes of downhill. It was AMAZING.

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdy State Park

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gstevens on April 25, 2013
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Review: Definitely not an "easy climb" up baldy, but not steep...just long (4.5 miles ) and gradual.....worth the reward by far coming down though!

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bikerguy12345 on December 17, 2012
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Review: Great cruiser girl friend riding. You can' go very fast anyways because of the crushed granite surface. All the trails were really boring except Black Jack. Black Jack is the other extreme. A lot of the drops are absurd and I (like most people) ended up walking half the named drops. I consider the Black diamond rating to describe fun technical rocky drops. With this rating in mind, Black Jack should be rated extreme. So in summary the trails are either easy and boring, or hard and fairly unridable.

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tetontom on December 2, 2012
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Review: Riding the first Sunday of December, in shorts and a jersey, while the parking lots were clogged with people cutting Christmas trees! Outstanding weather!
My first time riding this system and was absolutely blown away by the quality of the riding. Even the more hum-drum segments were reeeealy good.
My error was to park at Shinglemill TH. I guess I was thinking that if I'd do a monster loop and finish with a Colorado Trail segment, which didn't happen. Instead, I ended up with an hour uphill to get back to the car. Next time I'd park at Buffalo Creek TH, and get the climbing done and ensure myself a downhill to the car.

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bravesdave on November 24, 2012
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Review: Rode the Buffalo Creek System today. It was a beautiful warm day for Thanksgiving Day weekend. Unbelievable. The trails were a bit lose at times, but that is to be expected as dry as this year has been. What an awesome network of trails. We accessed the traditional Buffalo Creek trail ride a bit differently because we had two cars. We came from the south, coming off of the CT off FR 550 and the Shinglemill and Morrision trails. That was a great way to get some extra downhill into the ride. Then we did the typical BC ride clockwise, starting from the bottom of Morrison and finishing at the parking area at the bottom of Buffalo Creek road. So much flow, so much fun with lots of little fun easy tech items mixed in. Climbing Baldy is a nice workout.

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Gdb49 on October 24, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail today and it's as much fun as I have had on a bike. Black Jack has some amazing challanges. The only possible negative is that Charlie's cutoff is too short. Rode several of the trails in this system and none dissapoint.

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdy in Wyoming

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Grunk on September 15, 2012
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Review: As everybody else has noted, this is GREAT singletrack, BUT...it can't be given 5 stars due to the sandy/crushed granite surface. If you ride slow, this doesn't matter. If you live to shred descents, you'll find yourself being annoyingly slowed down. You cannot turn at high speed on these trails. If only it were dirt...

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Joshb976 on September 7, 2012
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Review: Great ups and downs! This trail was everything people said it would be and more. Lots of sand but that's to be expected in Colorado. Recommend getting a trail map before riding for the first time due to many riding options. You can obtain one from the forest department across the street from the trail head area.

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delphinide on August 25, 2012
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Review: I've ridden a LOT of singletrack, and this trail is one of my favorites. It is just smooth flowy trail with amazing scenery. It is one of the top trails because it has something for everyone: newbies, climbers, bombers, and everything in between. It stays in great shape. It is full of interesting wildlife. It is remote. It is poetic.It is the definition of epic...and only 45 min from Denver. Awesome. I will say that I rode Rasberry Ridge for the first time last week...technical but managable. Then I tried Blackjack, which was surprisingly more difficult than I imagined. Having ridden some of the toughest black trails in the country, Blackjack gave me more pause than any other...perhaps it is because just looking at the coarse rock will tear your skin open...or because it is a really long walk back to the car if you get hurt. Treat this trail system with respect...and you will have the time of your life. Like all things, don't believe the hype...just have fun and develop your own opinions as you go. Trails are usually more fun when we don't know what to think of them before we ride them.

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dralbright on August 24, 2012
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Review: All of the hype is not undeserved. This trail is awesome. I took a detour loop around the Homestead Trail, and it's also super fun. Sandy Wash can't be beat for swoopy singletrack through a dead forest. Eerie, but very cool. This was a surprisingly easy ride from a technical standpoint, but be ready for some aerobic taxation. Bring a trail map with you (or take a picture of the one in the parking lot with your phone), and be prepared to spend a long time out here, because you'll be having so much fun.

* Review edited 8/26/2012

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djeneration on August 17, 2012
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Review: Wow. What can I say that hasn't been said? Everybody gripes about the dirt road access to trails like 401 & Buffalo Creek. I recently rode both for the first time in June and I'd have to say its more of a rite of passage. Actually, at Buffalo Creek it wasn't all that bad, compared to 401. But there's always a point where eagerness takes over and you're like 'when is this really going to start?!' Well, hold your horses and just keep on taking it in because its going to be tough but you're going to get there. We did Baldy to the Junction, then hooked up with Charlie's Cutoff which was totally rad, but a little deceptive--unlike any trail I've ever ridden and you just have to trust the trail & features because its easy if you do. Then we jumped on Homestead for a bit and hit Sandy Wash to finish, which was one of the most fun downhill sections I have ridden. . . so far. We didn't put down as many miles as we would have liked but that little loop sent us on our way out of CO with huge smiles on our faces and I can definitely say we will be back!! The scenery eerie and sad mixed with ossum. The singletrack is pristine, even when its sandy. Not a single complaint. Earn your stripes, get up that gravelly road and then jump onto some of the best singletrack you will ride. Anybody who doesn't think this is that great . . . either grew up with it in their backyard or has never ridden in TX! Buffalo Creek had this flatlander grinning ear to ear!

* Review edited 8/24/2012

Similar Trail: John Muir in Wisco

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James_Bright on August 11, 2012
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Review: Awesome single track network that connects to the Colorado Trail and about 50 miles of fun cross country riding. Not too much technical riding at Buffalo Creek but fun, fast, smooth single track with a very cool landscape makes for a great day or weekend of riding.

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdey (Wyoming)

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zr140th on August 5, 2012
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Review: Only ridden two trails here so far....Morrison and Shinglemill...but I WILL BE BACK. This system is amazing! Exactly what I've been dreaming about when it comes to CO riding. More reviews to come.

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Guest on July 28, 2012
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Review: Great climbing and good singletrack. Not a huge fan of the fire roads used to link up the sections. The conditions were a little loose. Charlies cutoff was pristine. That section alone was worth the drive. Not sure about number one rating but its in the top 10!

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slimdunham on July 19, 2012
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Review: I have been riding in the Springs for years, and never even knew about this place. On a whim, I drove up one friday to go explore it, and it was amazing. I made my own 15ish mile loop, and after nearly 45 minutes of cussing and climbing, I was treated to one of the best flowing and most enjoyable 18 minutes of downhill ever. No matter what trails you take to the top, you can't go wrong with taking Charlie's Cutoff to Sandy Wash as your finisher. I highly recommend checking this place out.

Similar Trail: Palmer Park

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Guest on June 27, 2012
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Review: nice!

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msb on May 25, 2012
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Review: This is one of my favorite trails in the area...not to far from Denver, but far enough to keep the crowds low. Too many options to enjoy in just one day of riding!! Will be back as soon as possible!!

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tmoney149 on May 20, 2012
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Review: This trail system really lives up to its reputation. give your self at least two days to get the full experience. you have to do at least some of the colorado trail sections which are full of flowing single track. inside the trail system dont leave without riding shinglemill trail. charlies cut off and sandywash. best down hill sections in the park.

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synfrag on May 6, 2012
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Review: My fist time riding the Buffalo Creek trails. Overall it was a great ride. I went up Baldy Trail, for an out of shape smoker (I know) it was a rough climb but not too technical. My downhill landed me on Sandy Wash which was a fun section, decently technical for a downhill with the loose sand and boulder weaving. Will definitely be back a little later in the season when my lungs catch up. There is a great (optional) rock ledge on Baldy. Next time I will climb Sandy Wash and play around on Homestead and the other shorter trails on the north end.

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vbeckman74 on April 7, 2012
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Review: Buffalo Creek is as good as everyone says. You don't need much suspension. Most of the trails are fast and smooth. We did 30+ miles and will return to do more. It deserves the IMBA Epic status. There is a lot of up and down, but most of it is not that heinous.

Similar Trail: Tsali trails are similiar, but much flatter.

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stumpyfsr on November 16, 2011
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Review: It's one of the most memorable ride. First being scared of the sand but once get used to it - it's totally fun to ride. Gashouse and Sandy Wash better to ride downhill. I walked Black Jack but Raspberry Jack was a blast. Also there are many campsites to stay for more then one day.

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jbersch on October 29, 2011
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Review: Great flow. Very fun network of pretty easy singletrack. The sand is manageable. Gashouse to Sandy Wash is a nice 2 hour run. Good fun.

Similar Trail: Centennial Cone

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Nick_Shea on October 29, 2011
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Review: What a fantastic ride. Its nice and secluded so you can get closer to nature and the downhill was stellar.

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pickettz on September 24, 2011
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Review: I rode this system for the first time today and...WOW! Best ride I have ever been on! I got a tour from a local who knew the trails really well and we did about a 3 hour 20 mile ride that had everything from long and steady climbs (all ride-able) to really fast and flowy downhills, and a lot of lava domes and slickrock riding (like you find in Moab). Overall I give this place a 5+ rating because it rocks.

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pierce_downtube on September 17, 2011
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Review: The best. Period. Locals go to comba.org and register to volunteer. Keep these trails epic forever. DO IT. BLACKJACK CHARLIES MORRISON TRAMWAY GREEN MOUNTAIN.

Similar Trail: Super Strings

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speeedracer27 on September 14, 2011
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Review: Took Redskin trail to Gashouse CCW to Baldy. Downhill through a flowing open part of the mountain (mostly due to the residual effects of the 1996 bufflao creek fire). Steady climb on 726 Baldy and a nice downhill back on Gashouse. Take Redskin down and across 539 to the Colorado trail. Ride in either direction for some spetacular views. There is a lot of sand and lose rock on this trail system which adds a bit more challenge in the downhill sweepers and climbs. Nice workout! Camp alongside of 539. Amazing camping spots and vistas all around.

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speeedracer27 on September 14, 2011
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Review: Took Redskin trail to Gashouse CCW to Baldy. Downhill through a flowing open part of the mountain (mostly due to the residual effects of the 1996 bufflao creek fire). Steady climb on 726 Baldy and a nice downhill back on Gashouse. Take Redskin down and across 539 to the Colorado trail. Ride in either direction for some spetacular views. There is a lot of sand and lose rock on this trail system which adds a bit more challenge in the downhill sweepers and climbs. Nice workout! Camp alongside of 539. Amazing camping spots and vistas all around.

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cachenb on September 11, 2011
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Review: I took 543 to Shinglemill, to Morrison Creek, back onto 543, to Gashouse to Charlie's Cutoff, to Sandy Wash, and back to the parking lot. All together about 3 hours. Shinglemill was an exotic fire stricken landscape with a moderate climb and nice run back to the road. Gashouse was a moderate climb too, but manageable and not technical. The amazing part is that these easy climbs led to unbelievable, LONG, downhill runs on Charlies and Sandy. Tight turns, fast, banked curves, a few narrow spots and rock jumps, jaw dropping scenery. These last two trails are great for intermediate riders, or even a carefull beginer with good lungs. It was over an hour drive from Denver, and the much discussed loose sand was at the worst only a minor incovenience. What a great ride!

* Review edited 9/11/2011

Similar Trail: Three Sisters

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TCODE on September 1, 2011
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Review: Pleasant surprise. Wish I had scheduled more road trip time there. Enjoyed design of some of the climbs. Was great area with lots of options. Highlight was Charlie's cut-off and Sandy Wash. Great camping by multiple trails. I'm going back.

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Tr0gd0r on August 31, 2011
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Review: Sweet. Flows like nothing else in the state (you heard me, Fruita). Miles of curvy, banked turns to tear up. Ride Raspberry Ride (it really has raspberries!) to Blackjack for something more technical. They're not kidding about the black diamond for Blackjack, the shoulder-high drop is the easy part.

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scott_scharin on July 9, 2011
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Review: Great Riding, perfect after the recent monsoon, cool visuals, great flow trail

Similar Trail: Co. Trail

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knoxjw on July 5, 2011
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Review: I have rode most of the trails at Buff Creek. Currently very sandy. Was better in the spring. Lots to explore. Bring a map. On a couple of occasions my ride was unintentionally longer than it needed to be.

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail.

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mattics on June 25, 2011
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Review: This is a great ride, one of my favorites around here although as others noted the washed out sandy sections are cruddy. Nothing like hitting a long patch of sand at speed, it feels like you're doing the equivalent of hydroplaning (terraplaning?) and are simply at the mercy of gravity with no control whatsoever. Not good. However, everything else is fantastic, great views, nice climbs, awesome rolling ups and downs. I like this type of riding versus huffing straight up for how ever many miles and then bombing straight back down. I also really like the slickrock and rock ledges that are tossed in, makes it very unique and fun! I added Gashouse to the above ride for a little more action, it's a great trail. Note that there is now a parking area up Buffalo Creek road about a quarter mile on the left, it's a little better than parking on the other side of the paved road.

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djlarroc on June 20, 2011
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Review: Rode this trail on 6/19/11 (Father's day!), and what an awesome ride. We started at Pine Valley Ranch, and took the Strawberry Jack trail onto Miller Gulch. Then Took Gas house over to Miller Gulch again, and took that fireroad down to Homestead. Homestead over to Skipper, then down Buck Gulch back to where we started. Not too technical, some challenging climbs (but doable), cool rock climbs. It was a very long ride. Very sandy in some areas. Hard to pedal through sometimes.

Similar Trail: Pence Park/Lair O' the Bear

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delphinide on June 11, 2011
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Review: Rode this in late March...a little snow on the trail and some sections were muddy, but for the 'early' season in CO the trail was in great shape. I had a BLAST! There was a LOT more climbing than I anticipated, and less technical sections, but it is difficult to see how anyone could rate this less than 5 stars. Not 'my' global #1 (Porcupine Rim), but definitely in the top 10. Thanks to Devin for the demo of the Lenz Sport 29er! What a great bike for this type of trail...I just need bigger rotors for the downhill sections...holy cow!

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neversummer420 on May 30, 2011
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Review: This trail used to be the king. Sadly it has become washed out, and sandy

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BrettBorders on May 21, 2011
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Review: This is some of the finest quality singletrack I've ever ridden.The downhill is like the Vail or Snowmass of mountain biking. Smooth rolling runs through nice scenery...although the bottom parts are fire damaged, the track is so sweet it doesn't matter. A little loose and sandy in some parts...but remarkably few rocks or logs. Was here on a Saturday morning and didn't see too many other riders... a few but nothing like the trails close to Denver or Boulder.

Similar Trail: Lair o' the Bear

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knoxjw on April 21, 2011
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Review: Good weekday ride

Similar Trail: Picture Rock/Heil Valley --Lyons, CO

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kuala_tahan on April 19, 2011
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Review: Fun singletrack, fast, not technical at all. How it's rated the number one trail in the country though I have no idea. Really sandy, makes it tough to rail through corners

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jtallmadge on March 24, 2011
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Review: A great way to spend a half day when you can. Trail is not overly technical but plenty of a challenge. Sand is tricky in some spots so watch your downhill speed.

Similar Trail: Indian Creek trail Sedalia

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propwash on March 15, 2011
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Review: Nice views, just enough challage.

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maddslacker on March 14, 2011
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Review: This is listed as an IMBA epic, and it is a sweet trail. It is a fairly large network of some fireroad, and then miles of fast, flowing singletrack. It is pretty easy to get turned around on the several interconnecting loops, so a get a Singletracks pro membership and uses the maps...they are a huge help.

Similar Trail: Centennial Cone

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Haebe04(WSC) on January 24, 2011
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Review: Great single track with some fun downhills.

Similar Trail: 3 sisters

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tcbroncs on December 23, 2010
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Review: The trails at Buffalo Creek are great. This has become a staple for us. Trails are nicely packed (although sandy in some areas depending on when you go), climbs are fairly easy and the scenery is amazing. This is definitely not technical riding, but fun if you're just starting out. And, it's only about 30 minutes from Denver.

* Review edited 12/23/2010

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pernicious on December 6, 2010
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Review: Great ride before the fire. Still lots of fun. Best ridden during the weekday crowded come the weekends during summer.

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Bill_Kipp on October 21, 2010
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Review: This is epic. Global #1, not. However the network offers everything from Moab slickrock to N Shore techhie (gotta do short 2xBlk diamond Overlook section!) to impeccably groomed sweet flow singletrack for many miles through sheer beauty landscape. Definitely some soft sand that keeps you on our toes. We are really spoiled with fast hard pack in Colorado, but this is no reason to dis this network. We found an easy 4 hrs of ass kikkin fun riding, getting back to trailhead at dusk under a full moon. Epic riding in our backyard! Watch our for disgruntled locals who clearly dislike their haven being taken over, even though we didn't see another rider on the trail all afternoon.

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pdinsurance on September 13, 2010
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Review: This Trail system is Awesome. Its best to go after it rains or the trails will be very sandy. I think its the trail network that makes this place ranked #1 however there are better rides out there. This trail system is more cross country and there is very little technical. Be sure to take Charlies Cutoff down.

* Review edited 9/13/2010

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Heyjude on September 12, 2010
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Review: The trails are in good condition considering how much rain we had this summer. I had a blast today and will make a few more trips this year

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samurai6660 on September 11, 2010
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Review: Horrible! I wanted to throw-up after riding this trail. -I had sand in all orifice's, no adrenaline pumping through me, and a massive headache from listening to many "spandex crews" on trail arguing about which taint powder is more absorbant. However; We need to remember how this rarting system works...... and I think that should be changed. ; )

Similar Trail: The beach

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haupt on September 5, 2010
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Review: I have to agree with the recent reviews. This is an amazing trail system for a few reasons: a great variety of trails, great scenery, and not crowded. However, I found myself riding this yesterday disliking much of the ride due to the simple fact that the trails are so soft in many areas. This trail is one that should be fast with many rolling hills. Instead you find yourself exhausted from trying to muddle through the beach of a trail. Once again, great trail network and great scenery. However, subpar trail conditions.

Similar Trail: Centennial Cone

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eldrcktw on August 29, 2010
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Review: I mean, it was an alright trail, very sandy so the tires kept trying to slip from underneath, plus didn't make coming back up very simple. I would go again because there are so many trails to see what other kind of trouble we can get in. So overall, meh, not bad.

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DB4LYall on August 16, 2010
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Review: WOOOOOOOOW!!! Don't know how this trail is #1. From the GPX file off of this site you have to ride up a dirt road for 3 miles. I do have to say that the trail is in good condition overall though. Scenery was nice and the trail made good use of the boulders. But still I have ridden trails alot better than this and this would not even be in my top five. I give it a 3 due to having to ride up a dirt road 3 miles.

Similar Trail: Falcon Trail

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jtjohnso0780 on August 7, 2010
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Review: Well, well. well, this was the most overrated trail I have ever been on. Basically, is was horrible, If I would have known I was riding on the beach I wouls have brought my life jacket. Sandy uphill the whole way, slow, short lived downhill that made me feel like a little girl riding a bike for the first time. Not sure who rated the trails on here, but I would put it in top 200 trails. Get real, the Hogback put its to shame and I heard Seven Sisters is even better. I volunteer myself to start rating these trails! This was horrible, I could not believe the amount of uphill for the weak, slow, short downhill. Please let peope know what to except, I mean the number 1 trail, give me a brake, I feel bad that I even wasted a second of my life on this trail. This is trail is number one for the amount of spandex people wear on the trail. You could ride a road bike on it, and please ever other person I saw, had really tight riding spandex. I over heard one team of riders arguing who had the tighter shorts on.

* Review edited 8/7/2010

Similar Trail: nothing

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John Fisch on July 22, 2010
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Review: Outstanding trail network. Lots of great singletrack with plenty of route options. Make sure you have a map and a plan and you can explore as long as you like. The scenery is great, ranging from ponderosa woodland to long-distance views to the otherworldly landscape of the burned areas. There are granite rock formations everywhere--often you have the option of taking the singletrack next to the rocks or riding the rocks themselves, making this area great for groups of riders with different levels of technical ability. The sand and gravel in the burned areas can make some of the climbs a bit of a slog. That much gravel would normally be a drawback, but given the overall variety, super scenery, and sheer epic-ness make this a clear five-star ride.

* Review edited 7/22/2010

Similar Trail: Rampart Reservoir (Woodland Park)

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stillfat on June 4, 2010
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Review: Unlike a lot of trails in this website's top rated trails this trail lives up to the hype. Best in the nation? Nah. Top five in Colorado? Probably not, but close. Fast, fun and neverending. Loops to explore and combine, would never get old. Charlie's/Homestead/Sandy is a downhill I'll not soon forget. The only bummer about riding a trail like this is that it makes other trails feel lame afterwards.

* Review edited 6/11/2011

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dannyboy5280 on May 26, 2010
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Review: Went to the Buffalo Creek area for the weekend as a volunteer with COMBA and had a unique opportunity to camp at the Miller Gulch upper trailhead and ride most of all the trails. Things at the top of the hills are really loose and have sand traps everywhere (which will teach you to turn on any surface after here), but it they're okay once you remember to air down your tires. The giant boulders all over this zone add a fun twist and a "playground feel" to it. everything is moderately flat which makes the DH a little slower, but makes the climb a bit easier too. This area is a spaghetti bowl of trails, each has good rides either direction. Be sure to get a map. Your ride can be an hour, or you can link all the trails and turn it into an all day-er. Some of these trails I would rank at easiest and some at a blue square-- great variety and fun for the whole family

Similar Trail: Mount Falcon for the great network of trails. Beaches and school playgrounds for sand factor. Hall Ranch (except rock garden) and Apex for technicality

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dannyboy5280 on May 26, 2010
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Review: Went to the Buffalo Creek area for the weekend as a volunteer with COMBA and had a unique opportunity to camp at the Miller Gulch upper trailhead and ride most of all the trails. Things at the top of the hills are really loose and have sand traps everywhere (which will teach you to turn on any surface after here), but it they're okay once you remember to air down your tires. The giant boulders all over this zone add a fun twist and a "playground feel" to it. everything is moderately flat which makes the DH a little slower, but makes the climb a bit easier too. This area is a spaghetti bowl of trails, each has good rides either direction. Be sure to get a map. Your ride can be an hour, or you can link all the trails and turn it into an all day-er. Some of these trails I would rank at easiest and some at a blue square-- great variety and fun for the whole family

Similar Trail: Mount Falcon for the great network of trails. Beaches and school playgrounds for sand factor. Hall Ranch (except rock garden) and Apex for technicality

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Colorado_Yooper on November 11, 2009
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Review: I guess I have a different veiw on this trail system because I live 10 miles from it. I never get bored with the area. If you want tech try tramway. How about rollers? Colorado Trail. Climbing? take your pick. You can drop in anywhere, at the top or climb in from the bottom. If you stick to the same trails in the same order, you will probably get bored. So my advice is take a different route everytime you come up here. One more comment before I go ride today, The area is so big that if you have a packed parking lot at Buffalo Creek you may never see another rider the rest of the day. Thank Team Evergreen and IMBA for the trail work it is world class.

Similar Trail: Boulder and Left Hand Canyon trail network

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sspragu3 on September 14, 2009
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Review: Another great ride in the Pine area. Good trail and no crowds.

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spikehj on August 16, 2009
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Review: I have lived in CO for just under two years and to date have only ridden the local trails around Col Springs. I have looked forward to some of the epic CO trails and this loved up to its reputation. Great scenery, fun flowing singletrack. Will definitely ride as often as possible.

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shizants on August 10, 2009
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Review: nice smooth ride is a nice change from front range burners.

* Review edited 8/10/2009

Similar Trail: Centennial Cone

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marcwheeler on August 8, 2009
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Review: This trail was a blast, way fun and a good work out but I'm wondering how it got ranked #1.

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Alizar on July 24, 2009
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Review: This trail system is fun, but it's not the best.

Similar Trail: Monarcy Crest Trail

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flip8u on June 30, 2009
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Review: Best trail system I've ever ridden. Super flow singletrack. You can keep your speed up even in the climbs, so you don't feel bogged down like some other trails. Best downhill I've ever ridden: Charlie's Cuttoff - Sandy Wash.

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SLOWGATOR00 on June 25, 2009
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Review: WOW!!!!!! This whole trail area (Pine, CO) is full of the best wooded (and fire ravaged) singletrack in CO. Flowing XC, short burst climbing and fast flowing singletrack are the dishes of the day for riders. This trail can be done about a hundred different ways depending on where you start from (Pine Valley Ranch, CO 543 or CO 550) with 543 being the central vein for the area. I started @ the Buffalo Creek entrance along 543 for 3+ mi to the Shinglemill singletrack, climbed past Morrison Creek cutoff continuing to the intersection w/ the CO Trail. Following the CO Trail west you intersect with Tramway, which takes you back down through CO 550 to CO 543 (take a right). 1/4 mile on 543 and then left onto Baldy (723) which climbs through pine forrest for about 2.5 mi. You intersect with Gashouse (726) and turn right through .5 mi of flowing XC to the intersection with Miller Gulch trail (keep right), looking for a quick left onto Homestead (728) singletrack. .2 mi up Homestead is Charlies Cutoff (729 on R), THIS SECTION OF SINGLETRACK MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT!!!!! @ 30 minutes of screaming fast singletrack, wicked water-bar jumps, creek crossings and soft Sandy Wash twists and turns. I rode this into a 24+ mile loop, but all lengths and variations are possible; BRING A MAP (or two) and your riding legs for this EPIC!!!

Similar Trail: Lair 'o the Bear, CO Trail to Green Mtn., Meadow Mtn Loop

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pukalani13 on October 18, 2008
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Review: We did this trail on a nice fall day it was in the 70's the trail is a short climb up ..but what an awesome ride down ...catch air, single track technical in spots be careful..steep drops ..but it was soo fun cant wait to go back!!!!

Similar Trail: Falcon Trail on air force academy

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jberg04 on October 11, 2008
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Review: Overall a pretty sweet ride. Great scenery and lots of wildlife once you get back a few miles. The climb is about 7 miles or so, but it doesn't ever get too steep. Same with the descent, lots of up and down dips that are a lot of fun. I will say watch out for the loose ground on the downhill, I ate it pretty hard one time. The ride took me about 3hours to complete, but i stopped to watch a herd of elk for about 15-20 minutes, so you could easily make it in 2:45 or 2:30 if you don't stop to rest at all on the climb. From Denver, its almost a 45 minute drive to the parking lot, so this takes the majority of your afternoon/day...well worth it though. There are a number of interconnected trails you can hit, if you want to do the 14 mile loop, be sure to bring directions if you have never been before.

* Review edited 10/11/2008

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Bswim on September 28, 2008
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Review: Sick trail! My favorite front range ride.

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JPNuts on August 28, 2008
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Review: New parking area is up road 543. Ride went up 543, climbed Shinglehill thru old burn, great trail uses contours and plays with the climb. Down Morrison back to 543, climb some more 543 to Baldy which climbs on S facing slope, climbs thru burn into green forest, found patch of slick rock granite. Turned right on Miller's Gulch. Plan was to ride Charlie's but sign not visible readily and Miller's Gulch road has nice drop and fun get air water bars. The real price was Sandy Wash down to parking lot. I expected a wash like Moab but no, it was a flowing dropping sometimes twisty downhill. Way fun. Watch out for blind corners and suprises around them. Worth riding Sandy again. Turner Spot was way overkill, hardly a rock in the trails and just a few roots.

Similar Trail: First one of it's kind on my trip, Maybe Rim Trail at Snowmass

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glehmann on August 5, 2008
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Review: Nice trail and fairly easy climb. We did it on a 90+ degree day so that added some challenge last weekend. Good downhill for the climb.

Similar Trail: Bucks Gulch and Falcon Trail

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rider2000 on July 13, 2008
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Review: I am new to mountain biking in Colorado and have experienced some trails that I have not found enjoyable. When I first went out to Buffalo Creek, I was excited-it provided aerobic exercise and beautiful views. I don't enjoy really technical trails, so this was perfect for me. I've been back several times this year already. If you like to just ride your bike, get some exercise, and enjoy the amazing views that Colorado has to offer, this place is perfect for you.

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mspain9089 on July 12, 2008
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Review: Long and challenging uphill, which is rewarded with a speedy multi-disciplined downhill. Well worth making the effort to ride this trail.

* Review edited 7/12/2008

Similar Trail: Deer Creek

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mtbgreg1 on June 25, 2008
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Review: Ride sandy wash trail down towards the road, like the description. It's a good ride, but not technical at all.

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jkovaly on November 22, 2007
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Review: This is definitely a must-ride trail ! I began at the Buffalo Creek work center parking lot and rode ~3mi uphill on 543 (mostly dirt road) and took a left up Shinglemill trail and rode it up the burn to the Colorado Trail. The grade was uphill but not too much. Took a right on the CT at the top and followed it through the forest on some great singletrack to the Buffalo Creek Campground. Followed 550 (the dirt road) .5mi past the Meadow Creek Campground and took the fork to the right. Then took a right on Gashouse trail and followed it straight for a few miles through some cool forest and rock formation scenery. Trail was excellent, not too hard and not too easy, a perfect mix of technical and aerobic. Took a right on Miller Gulch and followed it to Sandy Walsh where I took another right and followed it back down to 543. The Sandy Walsh trail was an incredible ride down hundreds of turns, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride - great fun ! There were several areas where I had to be careful due to loose crushed rock (better than the sandy sections though). Total of 3hrs and 24mi, this was an incredible ride and I plan on coming back for more...

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edfron on November 7, 2007
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Review: #1 trail on www.singletracks.com, ok, but #1 trail in the country is a stretch. Plan on riding again and again for the scenery, Charlies Cutoff and the long down hill after. Trail was washed out in spots. Resulting in challenging crushed granite speed traps on both the climbs and descents.

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RPitts on September 23, 2007
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Review: The trail as reviewed is not bad but definately not the #1 trail in the country. If ridden as listed above you ride an old dirt road for nearly 4.8 miles from parking before the Baldy trailhead. The next 2+ miles up baldy are a dream ride for someone on a horse but the loose coarse sand is no fun to ride on a bike. Once on top the scenery is very nice with great views. Riding on the upper section is relatively flat with several rocks to ride on. There are several trails that branch off and you could spend hours riding them. Take a map. Once you come down Charlies Cutoff you need to make a right turn at the dead end to get home. The down hill is long and fun but again VERY sandy/loose so pay attention to the trail at all times. Corners are especially tricky in the coarse sand. The burnt trees made for an interesting environment that will make anyone a little more appreciative of the firemen that try to contain those fires and the need to take care of our forests. To break up the long boring road ride up, take Sandys Wash when you see it and it connects back with the boring road after a short ride. Sorry but I have to rate it an overall 8 due to the sand. This is definately a worthwhile ride but not a nice fast flowing singletrack for speed.

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erictw83 on September 16, 2007
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Review: AWESOME!! Best ride i've had yet. When a mountain biker dies and goes to heaven, he ends up in buffalo creek. It's a huge network of trails, I rode ~35 miles and didn't even reach the section of the Colorado trail that connects up to it. The scenery is breath taking between the mountains and the remnants of a forest fire. It's pretty weird looking, its great. And the trails themselves...from where i parked at Pine Valley Ranch their was a big (~1000 estimated) climb in, but it was totally doable as the track was smooth and gradients not overly steep. Once in, all the trails seem to be beautiful, fast, rolling single track. Minimal rocky sections but alot of fast cornering, and up's and downs. I highly recommend it, unless of course you love big nasty rocks every where.

Similar Trail: West magnolia, Switzerland, white ranch

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RideorDie on July 22, 2007
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Review: This is a great trail system! Nothing too technical, but definitely will appeal to all levels of riders. This has some of the best scenery around and is worth the trip from Colorado Springs. There is plenty of the trail system that is now green, or not even bothered by the 1996 fires. I felt that even the portions that were hit by the fire had a brilliant appeal and were fun to ride through. We saw plenty of riders, but it still wasn't crowded. (Only one hiker, and she moved out of our way despite right-of-way) This trail system was built for Mountain Bikes, and it really caters to the sport. I had a smile on my face all day. These trails are fast and fun! The climbs are gradual and smooth, and the pay offs are great! You can make your ride as long or as short as you wish with a ton of loop possibilities. Take a map. I recommend a topo because the park service map does not allow you to plan ascents and descents the way you may wish and can be a little confusing (although not too bad). This is also a great trail system to introduce someone to the sport.

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Jeepmb on December 18, 2006
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Review: This is a great ride! Not far from the front range, and sits sort of secluded, its great. As described, definitely ride this loop Clockwise. For where we camped, we tried riding it the other way. Not a good idea, you descend a moderate grade, then climb steep switchbacks for fricken ever and loathe all the guys going down the aswome downhill. Could not ask for a better area, but unfortunately sand was a big issue on the ride. The campground is really the only places to stay here. Dispersed camping is not found easily since buffalo creek closed, but if you are determined you can make something. Overall this trail gave me sweet speed, good downhills, and technical switchbacks for which i can proudly say i wiped out on.

* Review edited 11/30/2007

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail sections nearby

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rockclimbing on July 28, 2006
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Review: This trail was alright. It is very dry sandy and the scenery is not the best. The river is nice, but the chared trees did not do much for me.

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yellowdman on June 23, 2006
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Review: Like the review before me, this trail is an EPIC ride! I've rode this trail before the fire and it was so awesome and since they've opened it back up it's even sweeter! The best time to ride it is in the fall but anytime is always going to be an awesome one!

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scaryfast on June 10, 2006
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Review: This trail is the most epic trail you can ride outside Moab. Actually it is a trail system that intersects with the Colorado Trail. Usually I park at Pine Valley Open Space park and ride Buck Gulch. When you are almost at the top of Buck Gulch you can look to your left and see Long scraggy Peak. Three more turns later you will see a rock formation to your right. Hike out to the rock formation for some awesome views. There is a cross there for a guy who died mountian biking at Pine Valley last year. Turn on Skipper and ride til you cross the creek. Eventually come to what looks like a road hang a right and ride up the road to Charlies Cutoff. My friends painted lines on the rocks back in the early 90's but they have all worn off. Charlie's is a rippin singletrack over rocks and through the forest. Keep the rubber side down here. You will come to a T- intersection hang a right down Sandy Wash. Sandy Wash is a screamer. It is more rippin fast singletrack with water bars. You can catch huge air on these. You ride through meadows and then the forest at high speed. You will also ride through another burn area that looks like Lord of the Rings. The best part of Sandy Wash is the end. There are some crazy whoop dee doo's through the rocks. Again at high speed. Sandy Wash ends up at the fire road. Ride up the fire road to Baldy or Gashouse. Either trail will get you back to the top. Be sure you have a map if you are not familiar with this area. It is easy to get turned around. Gashouse is the easiest climb. There has been a major overhaul on Gashouse. At the top of gashouse you will be back on the fire road to Pine Valley. This is a warp tunnel fire road with some water bars. You will scream back to where you left Skipper trail. Catch big air on the last water bar. Continue down Strawberry Jack. This trail was the most beautiful singletrack in the world before the fire. Only the people who haven ridden it will understand. Strawberry Jack is now almost a fire road. Be careful here because there can be a lot of snags. Still it is awesome scenery. You will climb a small hill at the end of Strawberry Jack. This is what I call the Grand Finale. There are huge water bars and you get going really fast. Be safe here and watch for riders coming up. You will join up with Buck Gulch again and ride back to Pine Valley. Again be sure you print out the forest service map. Make a copy so you can give it to someone you meet on the trail if they are lost. Have fun.

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail/Green Mountain

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lukewiens on April 9, 2006
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Review: wow....awesome trail, the badly trail section was bad arse. fast tight singletrack, no rocks. when you aren't flying down the hill you are climbing, usually double track...kinda sandy. some of the turns are kind of loose with sand, but overall a good trail. not too technical, but fast and fun.

Similar Trail: parmalee trail at mount falcon

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Troy on October 9, 2005
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Review: Awesome trail with great scenery and a little bit of everything for all skill levels. A little bit of technical in a couple spots, but not too much. Otherwise it's all just great singletrack, with some of the best downhill I've done.

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petersbike on September 10, 2005
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Review: This is some wonderful singletrack. The climbs are nice and do not smack you like the front range climbs. A good loop is to start at the forest service work house and hop onto FR 550. ride down there and pass through a gate and take the Gashouse gulch trail for a nice mellow uphill. Go to the top and take a right on miller gulch road. Shortly thereafter hook a left on homestead. Then take a right on Charlies cutoff and enjoy the ride over sweet rock. You will pop out at a T intersection, go right and take the Sandy Wash trail , nice downhill cross a creek and continue short section of uphill and then it is all downhill on nice beautiful twisty singletrack, to FR 550. Many other trails to enjoy there.

Similar Trail: bent creek

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ameyer on September 5, 2005
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Review: Awesome!! Rode from Buffalo Creek, up Sandy Wash to Miller Gulch, down Baldy, up Morrison Creek and down Shingle Mill. Caught the lower part of Sandy Wash back to Buffalo Creek. These trails are hard tail heaven, leave the double boinger at home and roast the uphill too.

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jeff on May 18, 2005
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Review: I just read that the Buffalo Creek Trails are IMBA designated Epic trails. I was always a big fan but surprised by the lack of riders out on the trails. I guess since these trails are a bit out of the way they don't get too crowded. Be sure to ride all the trails in the area: Colorado Trail/Green Mountain, Colorado Trail/Morrison Creek, Buck Gulch, and Redskin Mountain. Woo hoo!

Similar Trail: All of the above.

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sdelano26 on November 30, 2004
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Review: A great place to ride! Throw in the Colorado Trail and you have a place to ride all day and rarely hit the same the trail twice. Look forward to lung bursting uphills and fun speedy downhills without too much technical difficulty. Watch the summer thunder storms though, as they are quite frequent in this area. Enjoy

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