Buffalo Creek

4.31 out of 5
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↑ 4,100 ft
↓ 4,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
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!
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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Trail Q&A
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Q: Why do you love MTB in Colorado!?!? -hanlonsl

A: There are many reasons that make MTB in Colorado incredible. 1. Culture - There are a lot of bikers, the public is open to riders, and lots of bike shops that know the deal and will support your needs. 2. Lots of trails for all types of riders. Many of the clubs and shops mentioned above will assist new riders and lead training rides for those that are interested. 3. Great conditions. Most of the state sees over 300 days of sunshine a year. So when you plan a ride, generally the weather will cooperate. 4. It is beautiful. Many states have great views and some amazing terrain. Colorado just has lots of it. 5. Awesome craft brews - Nothing is better than sharing a brew with your friends after a great ride. Cheers! Join us!!

Guest answered on September 14, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Are the Buffalo Creek trails good to ride tomorrow Tuesday 4/26/2016 -Guest

A: Yes!!!

Jim Cummings answered on June 25, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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System Trails (15)
System Trails (15)
Buck Gulch
Morrison / Shinglemill Creek
Baldy Trail
Blackjack / Raspberry Ridge
Sandy Wash
Gashouse Gulch
Charlie's Cutoff
Buffalo Burn Trail
Miller Gulch
Nice Kitty
Strawberry Jack
Little Scraggy
Little Scraggy west section
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Reviews (131)

Bunny Hop

August 24, 2019
DanOxender Bunny Hop  
Review: Buffalo Creek "Mini Tour". Nice Kitty to the top (at the Colorado Trail) - Shingle Mill back to the Buffalo Creek trailhead. Nice Kitty is a GREAT trail, up through the unburned forest, into the burn and up to meet the Colorado Trail at the top. Fairly easy climb (LONG) on 3 foot wide singletrack. Nice Meet the Colorado trail about 5 miles out. Nice downhill from there. The downhill is mostly sand trail, which keeps me slow. But, non-technical and very smooth. Nice views. About half of the trail is through the burn. You'll need some map reading, GPS, Trail Picking for this one. But, it's not hard. Just keep taking every right turn from the start of Nice Kitty (watch out for the sideouts to overlooks). All in all, a GREAT loop Took me two hours to ride, with a half hour of stops to figure out where I was.

Granny Gear

August 20, 2018
Blodworx Granny Gear  
Review: Rode this trail this past week, starting (rather than ending) with the Sandy Wash section. The name is accurate. Lots of sand. The majority of the loop, actually, is incredibly sandy, making some of the inclines nearly impossible without a fat bike. While the incline up Sandy Wash was challenging (and hot! little to no shade at the top, as you are riding through a burned over portion of the forest), the downhill through the Baldy section is amazing--fast, flowy, and clean, with amazing views. A great ride overall, but I imagine that the trail earned its high rating prior to the amount of use it sees now, and prior to the whole trail essentially becoming loose sand and roots.

World Champ

June 25, 2017
Review: These are good trails for a casual fitness biker in search of a workout on intermediate cross-country sloping trails that don't have a lot of technical features. They are generally fast and have a really nice back-country atmosphere - you have the feeling that you're going somewhere! The surface is a coarse granitic grit that is usually non-threatening but does grab your attention from time to time. The are all shared two-way trails. They cover a lot of ground so don't come without a map or appropriate app. The Colorado Trail passes through this area. You can make a pleasant weekend of it by staying in the primitive Buffalo Creek Camp Ground.


September 9, 2016
Review: it was perfect great day to ride

August 2, 2016
Review: I will have to agree with the previous rating on the trail conditions. I rode this system in July and the sand was awful in many areas. The trails are not in good shape at all. This was my #1 place to go prior to last month. Due to the terrible trail conditions I will have to rank it a distant 2nd now to Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. I also couldn't find the connector to the Little Scraggy trail from the Colorado Trail. If anyone has info on that I would like to know. Hopefully Little Scraggy is still in good condition.

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdy State Park


October 11, 2016
Review: I understand your concerns about the loose and sometimes deep scree. I don't mind it myself. But go back and give Buff Creek a try after a good rain and while the scree is still wet. I think you might develop a different opinion. Way cool.

July 11, 2016
Review: The trail network is expansive and that is a plus because the number of users has exploded. 15 years ago I would give 4 stars to this trail system but years of use have not treated it well. The single track base of crushed granite has been pulverized to the point that it is three to four inches deep in some of the most unfortunate areas. This has created an inconsistent platform for high speed descending with frequent washouts of the wheels while rolling through turns. In addition there just isn't enough technical riding. I often find myself passing by interesting rock features that looks like trial designers purposely avoided to make it more of a "walk in the park" feel. Grandma did a good job designing this one. Only the distance and elevation gains make it a challenge. Why so many people rate this so high is beyond me. I guess if you live back east and are visiting this can be enchanting but epic it is not.

May 18, 2016
Review: Thanks for popularizing this trail system so that it can get overrun and loved to death.
"You call some place paradise, kiss it goodbye."


July 11, 2016
Review: Couldn't agree more. The trail is in terrible condition currently and showing signs of overuse each time I ride there. Been riding there 20 yrs and its so unfortunate that sites like this just draw more and more people to the area. Don't go there it's a terrible trail people!

Granny Gear

May 4, 2016
fardad Granny Gear  
Review: Dancing with the buffalos..


March 26, 2016
Review: The Buffalo Creek trail system was my favorite day drip to ride when I lived in CO. You can put together super long rides linking the many trails together, including the CO trail. The trail has a mix of good, long climbs and descents, granite rock features, and amazing scenery. One thing to keep in mind is that a good portion of the trails are completely exposed being in an and around a large burn area from a fire, so wear your sunscreen. I miss these trails...


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: Pretty much my favorite place to ride in the front range. So beautiful. So much variety of terrain. So many differences loops to take. Bring your fat bike and make the sandy areas a non-issue.

Buffalo Creek MTB Trail 4.31 out of 5 based on 131 ratings. 131 user reviews.
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