Buck Gulch

3.80 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This is yet another awesome ride in the Buffalo Creek area with well groomed singletrack and
fantastic scenery. Take the Narrow Gauge Trail to the right for about 0.3 miles then turn left onto
Buck Gulch Trail (crossing the bridge). Ride Buck Gulch all the way up a fairly steep climb to the
intersection with the Skipper Trail. Take the Skipper to the left to a four way intersection with the
Homestead Trail. Go right on the doubletrack to the intersection with Charlie's Cutoff. Go left on
Charlie's cutoff, then left back onto the Homestead Trail. This will spit you out back at the four
way intersection, go right onto Strawberry Jack Trail for a nice downhill back to the Buck Gulch
Trail. Go right onto Buck Gulch and you're back at Pine Valley Ranch open space. This is one of
the top rides in the area once you get past the initial climb (about 1000 ft in 3 miles) and offers
some great singletrack, all completely rideable.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (15)

Bunny Hop

February 3, 2015
kaseytea Bunny Hop  
Review: This is one of my favorite trails. There are never any crowds, and usually you don't see any body. The aspens are incredible to ride through. The view on top is hard to beat. It feels as if you really don't have to climb that much and its not a hard climb at all. The downhill is awesome and entertaining. There is enough big rocks to keep you focused but never big enough where you couldn't clean it. Great fun ride that has something for everyone.


September 2, 2014
jkey6 Gnarly  
Review: This trail is the necessary evil to access the greatness of the rest of the Buffalo Creek system. It would have been more enjoyable if it wasn't such a sand pit. But there's not much that can be done about that.



September 3, 2014
John Fisch Gnarly  
Review: "It would have been more enjoyable if it wasn't such a sand pit. But there's not much that can be done about that."

Sure there is--simply start from any of the many other access points to the Buff Creek system. :-)


June 4, 2014
Review: For my first Buffalo Creek ride, the initial climb felt a little loose and long, but after that it was consistent flowy fun. I can't wait to explore the rest of the system.

Bunny Hop

May 25, 2014
wigg006 Bunny Hop  
Review: Rode this trail on 5/24/14. Due to all the rain we have had this last week the trail condition was a little sub par, lots and lots of deep gravel and deep rain ruts. The deep gravel was really difficult to pedal through. Other than that it was a great trail. Connected with Skipper, Strawberry, Homestead, Charlies cutoff, and Sandy Wash.

Similar Trail: any in buff creek


February 13, 2014
stumpyfsr Singletrack  
Review: Rode this as a part of Buffalo Creek in 2011. Great trail, very well maintained and fun to ride.


September 10, 2013
DanK_NoCo Doubletrack  
Review: Buck Gulch is a fairly wide track, nearly a doubletrack, that climbs about 1000 feet in the 3 miles of trail - a pretty gradual climb for the front range. The surface is mostly the crushed gravel that's typical of buffalo creek. The sand/gravel gets deep enough to steal your momentum in many places, so you do spend a bit of energy even on the flatter sections. The trail winds thru the woods, keeping you in the shade more than half of the way so it's easy to stay cool. There are few technical challenges to grunt over on the climb, keeping the high effort pedal strokes to a minimum.

Bunny Hop

October 20, 2012
headholio Bunny Hop  
Review: I disagree with those who say its not up to par with other rides in the area. To me, its one of the best. The ups and downs of this ride are broken up throughout the ride, as compared to the standard buff creek ride with is basically 7 miles up and 7 back down. Also, the views on this ride are better than what you get with Buff creek, green mtn, lunar, etc. The view coming down strawberry back to the park is really nice.
I can't rate it easy, because of the initial climb, but its not technical.


September 16, 2012
John Fisch Epic  
Review: I found this to be the least interesting trail in the Buff Creek area. It's a tough climb on wide, gravely singletrack. There's excellent scenery in some places, but very little of the great flow found in other parts of Buffalo Creek and none of the technical goodies sprinkled in along the way. It's a good way to connect to other area trails from the north, but I wouldn't make it my primary Buffalo Creek route of its own accord.


August 20, 2012
zr140th Trailblazer  
Review: Again, recommended to go up Buck and down Strawberry Jack. No if's, and's, or but's.....this is a climb. 3mi up of some decent trail. The payoff is well worth this entry into Buffalo Creek but don't be fooled, you'll be paying the mountain gods off right from the start.


July 26, 2010
sspragu3 Gramcounter  
Review: Nice trail overall. Good climb to start out the ride, very steady. Some fun downhill singletrack, though by far the most sand of all the trails I've ridden in the area. Good trail for those looking to avoid technical areas, but still want an exciting ride.

Similar Trail: Anything on the Colorado trail

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