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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +11/ -113 ft
Total: 65 riders

Mountain Biking Charlie's Cutoff

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#157 of 1,362 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,097 in the world

At approximately 2 miles, Charlie’s Cutoff isn’t nearly the longest trail in the Buffalo Creek trail system, but it really packs a punch! Descending the trail offers up some big rocks, including some glorious slickrock sections to play on. Further down towards the bottom, the trail runs along a creek deep under the cover of some massive ever green trees, turning to rooty, technical trail in black dirt—a radical departure from the normally dry, gravelly singletrack of the rest of the trail system. While it is tough, climbing UP Charlie’s is very doable too.

First added by Greg Heil on Jun 7, 2012. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Colorado Springs, take US 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right onto CO 67 and go to Deckers. Continue straight onto CO 126 approximately 20 miles. Parking is on the right just before the bridge at the Buffalo Creek Forest Service Work Center. The trail starts on Buffalo Creek road on the left of CO 126 just over the bridge.
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  • mongwolf

    Gashouse, Charlie's and Sandy are all three just fantastic DHs on the fun meter. Nothing too technical, but flat out fun none the less. I love getting all three in on the same ride ... ... It really must be winter time because I am putting up a random post on Buffalo Creek and I haven't ridden it in over a year. LOL.

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  • jkey6

    One of the best sections of Buffalo Creek. All singletrack trail that snakes through and over rock formations and its a lot less sandy/loose than the majority of the other trails here.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Climbing this trail require some workout but blasting down is a great reward. Little bit of everything: rocks, roots, sand. Wish it was longer

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  • Gdb49

    Hard work to get there but worth it. Fun, fun, fun!!!

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  • mongwolf

    Tons of flow with big chunks of slick rock to play around on ... pretty sweet combination.

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  • tikigoddess

    This trail is a "must try" when on the BC trail system. By far the most fun you'll ever have riding downhill and through obstacles. Nothing crazy, just a fun time trying out your skills on a mountain bike. I suggest this trail for riders of any skill level. Wish it was longer though.

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  • tetontom

    I'm in agreement with everyone who says this is the best trail in the Buff Creek system, and also in agreement that it's only fault is not being long enough!
    Great descents, great little obstacle mazes, real heads-up singletrack riding.
    I was pushed to the limit of what I enjoy riding on my rigid bike.
    I will ride this trail every time I go back to Buff Creek!

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  • John Fisch

    This one is a real joy to ride. It has great flow, enough grade to keep you going without pedaling, but not so much to make you use your brakes. The little techy bits along the way are excellent icing ont he Buffalo Creek cake. If only it wasn't so short.

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  • dralbright

    This is one of the best descents on this side of the state. There are some technical portions, but you can keep your speed up through most of it. It'll put a big smile on your face.

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  • tcbroncs

    Definitely one of my favorite sections of trail at Buff Creek. Diverse terrain of rocky, sandy trails. Go up and over them and around them. Awesome.

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  • Santacruzbro

    This is probably my favorite trail of the buff creek trail system. So fun and technical rocks. Its a great ride and much recomended

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Great trail! One of the more technically demanding trails in the system (aside from Blackjack, which is insane), but it still isn't too tough. If at all possible, try to ride this trail!

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