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Level: Intermediate
Length: 13 mi (20.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +786/502 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Salt Creek Trail

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#397 of 1,346 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#3,861 in the world

The bike-legal portion of the Salt Creek Trail runs for about 13 miles one-way along the boundary of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. This remote singletrack dips into the wilderness on its western end, so stay alert and be prepared to turn around!

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 22, 2014. 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
Outside of BV near Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
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Good (on Oct 7, 2019)
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Q: How do you access this trail from Buena Vista?
A: Be sure to use the directions feature on this page.... it will route you directions to one of the easiest-to-access trailheads.

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  • mongwolf

    If you don't mind a little hike-a-bike here and there on a ride, which I don't, then what's there not to like about Salt Creek Trail. This is a true backcountry experience with truly awesome downhills and drop dead scenery in places. I rode the trail today alone. What solitude. Wonderful experience. The aspen were spectacular, just below peak, and there was not another soul on the trail. Can't beat that, and can't wait to ride here again ... SOON.

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  • tomcat32

    I caught this the day after a night of heavy rain.. The vegetation along the trail was very wet soaking my shoes and socks almost immediately. The roots and rocks were very slimy making the descents hairy and climbs tough. On a dry day I may have given it a better review. I rode about 7 miles starting at the Salt Creek TH heading north. The trail has a wild feel to it. North of the Buffalo Peaks TH the singletrack was a little less crude. It's not a hard trail but the traveling is slow going at times.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    The Salt Creek trail offers a true wilderness experience, being so far removed from the nearest paved road and located right on the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Boundary. Add in the fact that no one seems to use this trail (much of the trail is covered in a deep bed of pine needles), and it feels like you're discovering this area for the first time!

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