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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Lariat
Elevation: -
Total: 40 riders

Mountain Biking Morrison / Shinglemill Creek

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#259 of 1,347 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#2,260 in the world

From the parking lot continue on Buffalo Creed Road, which is a fire road that
can be used by cars, so be careful on the way down. Morrison is the second
trailhead on the left that you will come to. Ride up Morrison Creek single track
to the junction of Shinglemill Creek. Quick twisty singletrack down Shinglemill
will bring you back to Buffalo Creek Road. From here you can head back to the
car or do one of the longer loops.

First added by cmb360 on Apr 18, 2011. 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 Denver take 285 to Pine Junction. Travel South on CO126. About a mile past
the town of Buffalo Creek there will be a right hand turn that you can take for
543/Buffalo Creek Rd to the parking lot, or you can park on the left side of 126 at
Buffalo Creek Forest Service Work Center. The ride begins on Buffalo Creek
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  • mongwolf

    I had an awesome run down Shinglemill from the CT about 10 days ago. The scree was thoroughly wet and tacky as can be. Amazing. What a hoot of a ride, whistling DH around turn after turn after turn for 3.5 miles. I haven't had that much fun on a mtb in a long time. This is a five star ride when the scree is wet.

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  • John Fisch

    Not sure how I've been riding Buff Creek all these years without hitting these excellent trails. They are an equally worthy part of the Buff Creek system and well worth incorporating into many Buff Creek routes. If taken downhill, Morrison Creek is a real hoot.

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  • mongwolf

    My favorite part of the two trails is from the junction of the CT and Shinglemill (a little south of FR 550) down to the junction of Morrison and Shinglemill. From the CT, this section is a fun DH run with lots of fun turns and a few little jumps. Nothing techy, no gnar. Just twisty fast fun.

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  • tetontom

    I parked at Shinglemill TH and rode down Shinglemill to get to my loop on the other side of Buff Creek, then climbed Morrison Creek back to the car at the end of the day. I found both trails pleasant grade and surface (maybe a bit sandy, more than other trails in the system) with great views and not so many riders...

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  • zr140th

    Used these two trails to link back up to 1776 (Colorado Trail) and was part of a 20mi ride up here....very nice addition. Nothing too technical or gut-busting, just a great trail with some killer views and easily accessed.

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  • stillfat

    A good, fun little warmup on the way to other stuff. Riding up Morrison and down Shinglemill is the way to go. The Shinglemill downhill is so loose that it will make the rest of the trail network actually feel tacky, so a good initiation to the sand and gravel of Buffalo Creek.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a great loop that is kind of disconnected from Buffalo Creek Proper as it is on the opposite side of the access road. Don't let that deter you, though, as this is a great ride with a seriously long climb and descent! Most of the trail traverses through a burned out area so it is very exposed. While the climb is good, the downhill leaves much to be desired due to the loose gravel in the corners and the lack of berms to keep you in the terms like Sandy Wash. But still, it's fun!

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  • Ceeski

    This is probably the best early season trail in Buffalo Creek because there's just a few trees and it seems to dry out very quickly; of course this means it's also very hot in the summer. I agree with the route given (Morrison Creek up and Shinglemill down), but I would also include Shinglemill south all the way to the Colorado Trail, at a minimum. It's not really technical, but it's a decent climb that really pays off with a fast roller coaster downhill. Maybe I'm weird, but the burn area makes for great desert-like trail conditions and unique scenery.

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