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Level: Beginner
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,307/1 ft
Total: 99 riders
 

Mountain Biking Colorado Trail: Morrison Creek / Lunar Loop

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#74 of 1,319 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#676 in the world

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.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
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 15 miles. Turn left onto road 550. Parking lot is on the right. There is a $4 daily use fee.
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  • Jeff Barber
    ****

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

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  • tcbroncs
    *****

    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.

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  • Ceeski
    *****

    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.

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  • anthonywilbanks
    ****

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

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  • Greg Heil
    ****

    I've ridden a good chunk of this trail, and it was a blissfull dose of beautiful colorado singletrack!

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  • arnolda14
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    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.

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  • jasonvelocity
    *****

    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.

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  • bonkedagain
    ****

    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.

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