Colorado Trail: Buffalo Creek To Lost Creek Wilderness Boundary

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.50 out of 5
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Intermediate
30.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,500 ft
↓ 900 ft
7,851
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Colorado Trail from FR 550 in Buffalo Creek area to the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary. Note that bikes are strictly prohibited in the wilderness area so don't even think about carrying them to get through. Turn around and enjoy the ride back to FR 550! Beautiful ride.
added by SiberianGramcounter
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: Hi every body, i will be with a friend in Denver colorado in a conference 13-17 October. I would like to do 2-3 days of mountainbiking before the conference. i will have a car and i dont care to invest 3-4 hours on the road in order to have a decent singletrack with nice landscapes. my limit is acrophobia (fear of heights). Any suggestions? -chashugi

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Q: Hi every body, i will be with a friend in Denver colorado in a conference 13-17 October. I would like to do 2-3 days of mountainbiking before the conference. i will have a car and i dont care to invest 3-4 hours on the road in order to have a decent singletrack with nice landscapes. my limit is acrophobia (fear of heights). Any suggestions? -chashugi

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Recent Trail Check-ins     (20 total check-ins)
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Reviews (12)
 

World Champ

October 10, 2017
 
Review: What I rode of this section of the Colorado Trail was a two-way back-country ride on a hiking trail with few technical features although it does twist and turn. Very pleasant forest and back-country feel.




Epic


May 23, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: As noted/tagged by the posters, the upper ten photos in the photo gallery are from "BC to Keno". It appears that most of these photos are maybe on the other side of the Lost Creek WA nearer to Kenosha because the CT Trail from FR 550 in Buffalo Creek to the Lost Creek WA is forested the entire way. There are some nice overlook views here and there and a couple of small meadows but no open grassy areas or open valleys.




Epic


May 23, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Rode almost the full 30 miles yesterday, starting near the junction of FR 550 & Hwy 126. This is beautiful country throughout and tops out just above 9000' at the wilderness boundary. Due to the distance and the moderately high elevation, plus the fact that the snow melts here relatively early for CO, this makes a great early season big ride as a precursor to hitting some of the higher elevation rides like Kenosa, Monarch, the 401 and others above 10,000'.

Reading the comments below, I have to agree with Greg. This is a classic Colorado ride and is a classic cross-country ride. It meanders through BEAUTIFUL mixed conifer forests. It is twisty and fast. It also has some long bomber down hills and some long demanding ascents. There is never a dull moment. It gets you away from the usual crowd of riders on the main BC trails and feels much more remote.

Depending on your level of conditioning, it has the very real potential to fatigue you, so I wouldn't try the whole thing without putting in some decent mileage beforehand. There are different options to shorten it up if you like, as the trail crosses a couple roads along the way. 5 stars as a xc ride. GREAT RIDE.

Similar Trail: CT/Green Mountain just longer




Gnarly

September 30, 2012
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
 
Review: Beautiful, twisting, fast single track through the famous Buffalo Creek area. This is what CO mountain biking is all about.

Similar Trail: Rampart Reservoir




Gramcounter

September 20, 2010
 
Review: Great ride, trail is very well marked. I would suggest mixing in some other trails in the area for your ride back such as redskin creek to whatever. Just Google search Buffalo Creek trail map. This ride should be ranked much higher.

* Review edited 9/20/2010

Similar Trail: Anthing in Buffalo creek




World Champ


November 13, 2009
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: I've ridden almost all of this, and it is classic Colorado trail!




Epic


October 31, 2009
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: Most of the singletrack in the Buffalo Creek area is very nice. However, the last few miles from road 543 to the wilderness boundary is very wide and not that interesting. Then, the dead end into the wilderness is a bummer. If you want more miles without repeating yourself in the BC area, you can combine this with the other fork on Rolling Creek for a few more miles of out-and-back into another part of the LC Wilderness. In any case, there are much better routes in the BC area.* Review edited 10/31/2009

* Review edited 9/19/2010

Similar Trail: Colorado Trail to Green Mountain Loop



 

Epic


May 23, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: Hey Skibum, I rode the trail to the wilderness boundary today. It was only the last mile plus that was on wider trail.




World Champ


July 21, 2008
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: From the Buffalo Creek trailhead on the Colorado trail, hop on and head right instead of climbing over the fence with the steps, and follow the Colorado trail for about 5 miles (mostly climbing) to the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary. Turn around, and spend almost 5 miles descending back to where you started.




Epic


October 6, 2007
John Fisch Epic  
 
Review: You can also make a nice out and back (13 mi round trip) from the Kenosha Pass trailhead south to the wilderness boundary and back. A good climb at altitude, a fun downhill, and killer scenery.




Gnarly

December 2, 2006
Lancefan Gnarly  
 
Review: I rode about 5 miles (10 miles total) of this trail. In the morning when I woke up, I got on the trail and went for about 5 miles then turned around. That much of the trail was great I would like to ride the rest of this trail some time though.



Colorado Trail: Buffalo Creek To Lost Creek Wilderness Boundary MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 12 ratings. 12 user reviews.
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