Buckhorn Loop

3.79 out of 5
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↑ 800 ft
↓ 700 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
From the gate, pedal up the dirt road for about .6 miles where you will see a distinct dirt path headed up the mountain on your right. If you make it to the hard left hand turn on the dirt road you have gone too far. As you head up the trail take the first possible hard right. You will follow this trail up through pine trees on some great single track that includes some great views, a series of switchbacks, and minor rock and root obstacles to go around or over (it really isn\'t too technical going up - although it is fairly narrow). Eventually, (after about 1.4 miles of nearly all up) you will come to a T intersection. Take a right for this description (if you go left you can link into Trail 666 - see Bear Creek Loop description). Once you take the right your climb is almost over. Continue on this trail to the top of the mountain for some really nice views. Once the trail starts to drop, it goes fairly fast. Watch out for loose gravel due to the moto bikes that are allowed on this part of the trail (unlike the previous section). Once you hit the dirt road (High Drive) you take a right and ride the mountain road for about a mile back to the parking lot. Before you hit the parking lot make sure you look off to your slight left and catch a glimpse of the top of Silver Cascade Falls. That describes the loop, which is best if you\'re alone or short on time. I recommend linking this trail into one of the other nearby trails to make a longer ride. Also, if you decide to ride the trail in the opposite direction, be prepared to yield to the uphill riders (who may flip you the bird for going the \"wrong\" way). This trail makes for some really fun down hill if done in the opposite direction, but be sure to only do this during low traffic times (early morning during the middle of the week, and definitely not on a holiday) to avoid angry up hill climbers and hikers.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

August 31, 2015
Review: The description of this trail is pretty much spot on. Follow those directions. It is a tough ride, not killer. After I learned the trail it usually takes me about 27-30 minutes to get to the saddle (just before the summit, when you finish the climbing) from the car parked above Hellen hunt on gold camp and high drive. It's maybe a half mile or so of flat warm up on gold camp, then solid one mile climb up to buckhorn. Make sure you climb the very last bit and to the boulders on the peak. There's a log up against the back of the rocks acting as a ladder (basically the only way to get up). Getting on top of the boulders gives you an awesome view and is definitely worth it. Then the descent down to high drive is somewhat technical and lots of fun. In the description it says take high drive down, but that would be a huge mistake because you would be missing out on captain jacks. Continue on to captain jacks, it's worth it.


August 22, 2015
mongwolf Epic  
Review: I've been riding this trail some of late as an out and back (or up and down). It is a nice climb up, very rideable with nice little technical spots and also steep challenges along the way. After you get to the T intersection on top, instead of going right towards High Drive, go left and head towards Trail 666. Turn around at the top which is not too far up the trail and then head back down. This adds a fun extra section of DH to the ride. All in all, its a fast fun narrow DH back to Gold Camp Road. Also, I have never experienced any complaints or anger about going back down Buckhorn "in the wrong direction" as the initial write up describes. I have only met a ton of nice people on Buckhorn. This is not a directional trail. Just make sure if you are going down that you are courteous and slow down and clear the way for those coming up. In many places it is narrow and exposed to the point of being a bit dangerous. After completing an out and back of Buckhorn, I head over and do Jacks by climbing up High Drive from the parking lot. And most of the time I add the Chutes and Stratton. As many here know, there is a lot of good riding to be found around the Cheyenne Canyon - Stratton Open Space area.


November 21, 2014
mongwolf Epic  
Review: It's a short ride, but I think it is a really good ride up or down. Good burn up, and tight and fast down.

World Champ

May 9, 2014
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: If you go up it, Buckhorn is a super stiff climb that's quite gravelly, but it's all high-quality bench-cut singletrack. This climb is a great one to test yourself on!


August 6, 2012
zr140th Trailblazer  
Review: Not a bad trail, great coupled with Capt Jack's and the chutes.

Similar Trail: Capt Jacks


March 29, 2011
BUDDAH Trailblazer  
Review: this trail is a leg burner of a climb for a short downhill unless you are riding cpt. jacks as well


March 13, 2009
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
Review: This trail is short, but very steep. I like to go up the dirt road and down the singletrack. It's more fun.


February 26, 2009
Review: Love this trail, its a tough climb if you've been out all winter, but smooth with nothing technical. I don't really like doing it backwords, doesn't feel right for some reason. The downhill part is fun, I normally link it up with captain jacks to get a little more downhill out of it.* Review edited 2/26/2009

* Review edited 2/26/2009

Similar Trail: Captain Jerks, Jones downhill, Bear Creek Canyon, Basically any other trail you can link with this one

Granny Gear

February 19, 2009
goldjack Granny Gear  
Review: Love this area. Start at the bottom of the chutes, lower gold camp to helen hunt falls topside., then up Buckhorn down captian jacks, and a blast down the chutes. usually in 1 hr 30 min. I flipped over the handle bars last nov going up buckhorn, pulled up over roots and didnt make the last one. Friend behind me forgot his helmet cam that day. would of made for a sweet 3 sec clip...

Granny Gear

October 2, 2008
jeh Granny Gear  
Review: Just rode this tral today after a long hiatus. Good stuff. The trail was narrower in places than I recalled, but still doable with few if any touches.

Similar Trail: Captain Jack's

Buckhorn Loop MTB Trail 3.79 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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