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Level: Intermediate
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Other
Elevation: +715/710 ft
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Mountain Biking Colorado Trail: Buffalo Creek To Lost Creek Wilderness Boundary

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#68 of 1,344 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#615 in the world

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.

First added by Siberian on May 11, 2020. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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From Denver, take HWY 285 West to Bailey. Turn left (southeast) on FR 543 (Wellington Lake Road) and stay to your right at the few intersections you pass for the next 8 miles. About 1 mile past the intersection with FR 550 you will see a small parking lot on the right side where the Colorado Trail crosses the road. This is the start of the route. You can also start at Kenosha pass by continuing on HWY 285 for 20 miles west of Bailey and parking at the top.
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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?

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?

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  • Jim Cummings
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    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.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    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.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    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.

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  • mongwolf   ✓ supporter
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    Hey Skibum, I rode the trail to the wilderness boundary today. It was only the last mile plus that was on wider trail.

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  • vbeckman74
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    Beautiful, twisting, fast single track through the famous Buffalo Creek area. This is what CO mountain biking is all about.

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  • pdinsurance
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    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

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter
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    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.

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  • John Fisch
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    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.

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  • Lancefan
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    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.

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