Buck Gulch - Trail, Pine, Colorado

Buck Gulch - Trail, Pine, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Pedal past the gazebos and bathrooms heading west on the Narrow Gage Trail. This parallels the N. Fork of the S. Platte River for any easy mile warmup. Turn left at the obvious bridge. From the Bridge you can see a sign for Buck Gulch and a trail disappearing up a gap in the canyon walls. Climb steadily on pea gravel (the whole ride is this stuff). At mile 1.5 you will pass a sign declaring you are now in Pike National Forest. Continue upward and almost immediately following that landmark, bear right and up, up, up Buck Gulch. Always pedalable, but tiring. Finally, at 3.2 miles after you have plateaued and rolled along for a several hundred yards, you'll see a signboard, a forest road turn area, and Skipper Trail heading off to the left. Follow Skipper for a speedy downhill, then a short quick climb to 3 way intersection at mile 4. Turn right, (this is Homestead Road) and climb an easy grade to a small hillock. Signed singletrack sneaking off through the trees to the left is Chuckie's Cutoff. Blast down this to intersect with Homestead Trail. Now mile 6.5 Turn left and make the easy climb, drop, climb to a saddle at about 8 miles. Drop down the Homestead Trail. Within 1/2 mile you'll see a beautiful singletrack dropping down the edge of a nicely sloped drainage. (If you go straight on Homestead Trail, in about 100 yards you'll come out at the intersection for Homestead Road and Skipper Trail.) Take a right on this singletrack (?unnamed, I think it is relatively new.) Total blasting fun for 2 miles of mostly tight singletrack, a short steep sprint to another saddle, and then more bombing down an old sometimes off camber fireroad, to an intersection you will remember from your earlier climb. Now your retracing your first steps in the opposite direction as you Zip downhill to the Open Space Ranch, across the bridge, hanging right, and almost coasting out.

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 08, 2010]
Robin Witt
Weekend Warrior

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR HIKERS!!!!! ESPECIALLY on the downhills.

I hike at least a portion of this trail near Pine Valley Open Space with my dog almost every week, it's a great trail for a lot of reasons, although the total loop is a little longer than my typical 8-9 mile day hike.

Please remember that, technically, Hikers have the right of way on the trail. Bikes aren't loud coming down the trail, and as some of the other reviews mention, you can get moving FAST on the downhills, so you can copme up on a hiker fast.

A loud shout of "bike behind you" is particularly helpful, and I'm happy to hold my dog and step aside when bikes come through, particularly when the bike is climbing a hill. It's also nice to tell the hiker how many bikes are in your group.

But if you yell "corgi corgi corgi" as you go by, the dog WILL chase you... you invited it. ;-)

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Section 3 of the Colorado trail, (trailhead at the Wellington Lake turnoff from 126) is a rockin' great trail, similar ratio of 90% mountain bikes and me and a couple other hikers.

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5
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3
[Aug 02, 1999]
Vaughn

Very fun trail. A good combination of short but challenging enough climbs, with flat areas for recovery, then sweeping downhill singletrack that is as good as anything in the nearby Buffalo Creek, Colo Trail riding area. Not nearly as crowded...so a bonus there. Railing the pea gravel can be sketchy, especially as it gets drier.

Customer Service

See above. The above route is counterclockwise, but it would also be great clockwise.

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Buffalo Creek, see the reviews. It can be connected with my review quite easily.

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5
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[Aug 20, 1999]
Dean Willis

The trail down to the start from Homestead is called Strawberry Gulch. It is really fun because there are lots of water dams to jump off. However, be attentive as you bomb down because there are occasional hikers or hours traffic that could surprise you.

Customer Service

I like the route as described the best. A longer alternative is to go on past Charlie's Cutoff (not Chuckie's as stated) and take the Old Bauldy trail to the Campground and the Gashouse trail back up in a loop. This adds about 5 miles, but it is not a hard ride compared to the Buck Gulch trail you have already climed.

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The Colorado Trail offers an easier ride (in fact one of the easier in range of Denver metro). The Colorado Trail takes off from a parking lot adjacent to state road 126 about 4mi. above Buffalo Creek just as you top the hill going south. This ride has gentle up and down segments until you get out about 4mi where you encounter a hill that will take you down to the campground mentioned above. If you want a light ride just stop when you get to the top of the hill and return. If you want a somewhat longer ride, take the Gashouse trail up and Old Bauldy trail down then back up the hill and return on the Colorado trail.

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4
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[Mar 10, 2000]
Kurt Wille

These trails make for a good day ride, but a fabulous night ride. Bring the lights!

Customer Service

As described is fine. There are countless ways to loop trails together in the Pine Valley Ranch/Buffalo Creek area. See the forest service trail map availible at the open space trailhead or the foreset service shop buildings on the county road 4 miles southwest of Pine.

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Sandy Wash, Green Mountain, Baldy, Tramway, Colorado Trail to Lost Creek Wilderness boundary.

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4
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[Jun 16, 2001]
Cliff

If there is a more fun ride close to Denver let me know! After the initial 45 minute cardio workout this is pure fun. Not technical for you testosteroids out there but I had to clean my teeth of bugs when I finished from, the ear to ear grins I had. Greatcouples ride.

Customer Service

As Described...Another option is going past Charlies Cutoff to Miller Gulch, turn left until you hook up with the Homestead Trail(single track at the road closed sign) that comes in from the left.

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Any of the Buffalo Creek rides

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5
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[Jul 30, 2001]
Taylor

This Trail SUCKS! If you enjoy pee-gravel and sand, then you'll enjoy this trail. Due to the recent burn (1998 / 1994), the erosion has made all the trails sandy and loose (its easy to loose it on corners). All the trails are smooth, so there's no need for a shock at all (lock it out). You can easily loose control in the sand when downhilling. I did close to the recommended route, but was really unimpressed with the whole area.

If you don't like bumps, and prefer sidewalks with gravel on them, this is the trail for you. The views are okay, but you can get quite dirty with all the ash. Only do this once every two years at most.

Customer Service

What ever you like

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1
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[Oct 23, 2001]
A

technically easy trail. many trail options. mostly dualtrack. trail surface is loose pee-size gravel. no rocks.

DH can be quite fun if you carry some speed & slide thru corners and get good air off speedbumps/sandbars. there're dozens of them.

good cardio workout if you ride the 15+ mile option.

trailhead is by the river. very scenic. nice picnic areas. also a popular pick-up point for cayakers.

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3
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