May 18, 2015
As a cross-country mountain bike rider, I've always held that this would be one of the best places in the country to ride a mountain bike, if only the trails themselves weren't so crappy. By this I mean that the trails are composed of loose, sandy gravel that makes your wheels spin out on the climbs and forces you to ride very conservatively and timid on the descents because your tire can wash out on this loose sandy gravel at any second, causing you to crash. The pros of this trail network are: its accessibility to Denver, extensive trail network (can string together a 45 mile ride without riding the same trail twice) and the surrounding scenery, which can offer 360 degree views in some spots due to the burned forest terrain. But as a mountain biker who prefers tacky fun dirt that you can rip, I have to give this place just 3 stars due to the poor quality of the trails. Buff Creek is a great place for a beginner mountain biker looking to get into the sport.
The gravel parking lot behind your office.