Colorado Trail: Morrison Creek / Lunar Loop

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AVERAGE RATING
*****
4.50 out of 5
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Beginner
10.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 3,100 ft
↓ 3,100 ft
7,834
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
This trail starts out on the same track as the Green Mountain option. Take the Shingleman
trail to the right, then make a left onto the Morrison Creek trail. Follow this down to Buffalo
Creek Road. Go right on this doubletrack for about .3 miles, then head back up the
singletrack Shingleman trail. This trail covers a large burned out area from a forest fire
several years ago (before the Hayman fire). This trail is a bit sandier and more exposed
than the Green Mountain option and climbs about 800 feet total.
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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Reviews (10)
 

World Champ


December 15, 2014
 
Review: Fast and buff singletrack. A bit exposed due to the fires several years ago but it's slowly coming back. Bomber descent!




Bunny Hop

June 9, 2014
 
Review: great trail




Poseur

August 8, 2013
dgoodman Poseur  
 
Review: 4




Gnarly

August 27, 2012
tcbroncs Gnarly  
 
Review: I like to ride this in the opposite direction. Start out on Buffalo Creek road and take a left up Morrison Creek trail. Follow it to the top until you get to wher it intersects with Shingle Mill. Either head right that will take you up to the Colorado trail or head left and take Shingle Mill back down to the road just below where you started. If you head right, up to the Colorado Trail, take a right when you get to the Colorado trail and ride it to Tramway. Take a right on Tramway and head back down to the Buffalo Creek Road above where you initially started.




Gramcounter

August 30, 2011
Ceeski Gramcounter  
 
Review: Lunar Loop is a really fun trail, I've never seen anything that looks like it. A lot of people think it looks desolate, but I think it's really scenic, especially in the evening when it's quiet and all the other riders have left. It gets really hot, so bring lots of water! I ran out several miles away from the Jeep and forgot my purifier, so I was screwed; don't make the same mistake. Overall this trail is a dream, just be cautious if you're headed down Shinglemill, there are a couple of spots that are very deceptive. I've gone too fast a couple of times because the jumps are really fun, and then almost ET'd off the trail and impaled myself on burned up timber. Bottom line, if you're in Buffalo Creek, don't pass up this gem.

Similar Trail: This is like Lair O the Bear without trees.




Granny Gear

April 11, 2011
 
Review: This is a great trail. Fun fast single track going down hill and a nice gradual climb back up. Plus it had beautiful scenery.

Similar Trail: Anything on the Colorado trail.




World Champ


November 13, 2009
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: I've ridden a good chunk of this trail, and it was a blissfull dose of beautiful colorado singletrack!




Trailblazer


March 26, 2009
arnolda14 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Add this to your list of awesome trails in Buffalo Creek. Keep a careful watch for the sign that guides you back to the Shingleman trail from the doubletrack - I missed it the first time. I've posted a couple of pix here so you can see where it look for it. Regarding the fires, Trek7 is correct on this point that a lot of people get confused on - the burn areas you see in this trail network are from the Buffalo Creek fire, not the infamous Hayman burn, which came a few years later, was much larger and farther to the south. I'll give this trail a green rating but it's probably more like a blue/green.

Similar Trail: Everything in Buffalo Creek




Gramcounter

May 1, 2006
 
Review: This was a great trail with tons of dangerous curves that threaten to throw you into the sticks and burned wood. Running this counter clockwise unfortunatly places the uphill section at the end of ride, but the 800 foot climb is never too steep to handle. My only complaint were all the people that parked roadside instead of in the designated area to avoid paying the $4 entry fee. Considering most people I saw were riding $2000+ bikes, I think you can spare $4.




Gnarly

August 2, 2005
 
Review: All in all a fun trail. Fun turns at the top with some up and over humps around boulders. It smooths out toward the bottom with some nice speed thru the trees.

Similar Trail: Green Mountain Loop



Colorado Trail: Morrison Creek / Lunar Loop MTB Trail 4.50 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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