Buffalo Creek - Trail, Pine, Colorado

Buffalo Creek - Trail, Pine, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Awesome! Long, sandy in spots, fast, twisting, foresty (when not burned down to the ground), confusing without a map or friend who has been there a lot before. This trail is part of Colorado Trail which extends some 400 miles from Denver to Durango. Each and every ridable section of this trail is epic in nature! I usually start at the bottom of the big hill that I mentioned above and once I reach the trail head I follow the signs for the Colorado Trail and return on a trail leading North back into Pine. This Trail dumps out on to a maintained road back into town. I wish I could be more descriptive but the maps of the park suck so bring a friend and/or ask other trail users where the trails go. That farther you get away from the parking area the less crowded the trail becomes so keep your eyes open. there are also several roads that cross the trail that if you were desperate you could take those back to the trail head or back into Pine. Have Fun!

USER REVIEWS

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[Apr 24, 2012]
Colorado Yooper
Cross Country Rider

As the others have eluded to, it is not very technical. However, they built a new technical route called Raspberry Ridge, lots of slick rock and steps.

If I have the time, about 4 hours, I put in at Pine Valley and climb up Strawberry Gulch. It connects with Homestead and will get you to Raspberry Ridge, then on to Buff Creek trails.
If I need to get a quick 2-3 hour ride I put in at the Buff Creek trail head. Then take Shingle Mill, to the Colorado trail then on to Green Mountain. You finish off at a campsite and is all down hill to the car. OK, not all down hill but close.

They say its crowded on the weekends, but I haven't really noticed. Once you get out of the trail head area and onto a trail, you may never see anyone else due to the may miles of trails out there. Weekdays, you will never see anyone else.

So to some it up from a local that lives in the area, try everything up there. It won't disappoint.

Customer Service

Buff creek trail to Shingle Mill. Shingle mill to Colorado trail. Around Green mountain loop. back down to Gas house. Up to Miller then get lost on all the other trails that connect to it.

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5
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4
[Jun 18, 2010]
Rebecca
Cross Country Rider

Baldy up, Gashouse down is a blast. For a longer ride take Gashouse around to the Charlies Cutoff to Homestead to Sandy Wash. Long, long fun descent. A lot of down for your climb.

Also great is Shinglemill allllll the way up to CO550, then down Morrison Creek.

This area is by far my favorite riding area, few people, beautiful views, a creek for dipping.

Customer Service

Drive through Pine to Buffalo Creek. New parking is available on CR 543, which is on the right just before the work station. Ride up 543 for several miles for a good warmup before climbing any number of trails. This route starts at the bottom and then you climb. If you park on CO 550 at the "top of the hill" off the colorado trail, you descend and then have to climb back up. Not my preferred way.

Similar Products Used:

Pine Valley Ranch (Jeffco Open Space)

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5
VALUE
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3
[May 23, 2010]
nca777
Weekend Warrior

Just took a ride on 'Jeremys Loop' starting from the buff creek rec area lot heading west uphill along the dirt road and up an around on the '721'(??).

Anyway, great ride at just about 15.5 miles--not too technical or strenuous. I'd say the toughest part of this trail was the sand in spots, but definitely not a problem. The area is beautiful and has an 'out there' feel.

The singletrack coming back on this loop via the 'Mountain Biking Denver and Boulder' books route is ridiculously fun-twisty and fast on perfect singletrack.

One of my (new) favorite rides.

Customer Service

Jeremys Loop clockwise.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jun 27, 2004]
ted1186
Cross Country Rider

WOW, what a great trail. Definitely my new favorite. Rode it early on a Sunday and it was a great ride. A little sandy but not too loose. The downhills were nice and fast, the uphills weren't very hard at all. Nothing very technical, but not a beginner's level course.

Customer Service

Any route, it's all a great ride.

Similar Products Used:

Gashouse

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5
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3
[May 02, 2004]
blt
Cross Country Rider

good riding close to denver. the colorado trail can be crowded on the weekend but there are a few other quality rides in the buffalo creek area that are almost as fun. you can pull down a PDF of the buffalo creek trail system at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/psicc/publications/buffcrk.pdf

Customer Service

colrado trail out to the green mountain trail take that counter clockwise then back. more or less and out-and-back with a nice loop on the end.

Similar Products Used:

jeremy's loop(from the town of buffalo creek), buck gulch(from pine valley ranch park)

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5
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3
[Apr 16, 2004]
doubledunc
Weekend Warrior

This is one of the true GREAT Colorado rides! It is not difficult, but also not for the first time mountain-biker... best for intermediates. Lots of fun ups and downs, couple water crossings, fast, great views. Can do out and back or make a loop over Green Mountain. Can get crowded on the weekends... go early!

Customer Service

Park at Buffalo Creek Lot at top of long hill coming out of Pine...

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5
VALUE
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3
[Oct 27, 1998]
Dave

Bitchin'! This trail reminds me sooo much of Durango that I actually feel like I'm there, again, in Heaven... The trail itself is fast and a little sandy in spots. There is this wicked downhill on this trail with a huge tree that has fallen across it. Try and go down this part as I can imagine it being a pain in the ass to pedal up that mutha'. Take a left at the bottom of the hill instead of going to the campground straight ahead. (please note: There are a bunch of campgrounds in this area so don't think that since I told you about this one that that is the only one here. This trail system is very confusing and I recommend taking a friend along or even better, buy a map of the park or pick one up at the trailhead) Other than that you can ride just about as long and as far as you wish because the trail crosses several roads that lead back to civilization several times. I recommend taking Green Mountain Trail as it adds about 20 to 30 minutes of riding time and is another good spot for some high speed dirt. But ALWAYS be careful of other trail users! This is a fairly popular trail and for god's sake, man, stay in control and know who has right of way. There is nothing more annoying than pedaling up a massive mound of earth and some maroon comes down the trail too fast, pushing you off the trail, kickin' up all kinds of crazy dust balls and pissin you the f**k off. I like to yell at these people. It pleases me.

There is wide variety of terrains to cover on this trail. There is this one section where you ride up unto these bulbous rock formations followed by snaking between other larger rock outcroppings.

The end of ride usually begins like this. It dumps out onto one of those roads that I was talking about. But get on own that is pointing North so you can get back to your car in Pine or else your screwed. This trail has it all! One of my favorites. I recommend it to everyone I talk bike to.

Customer Service

Start at the bottom of the big paved hill in Pine. You will thank me when you don't have to ride up that sum' bitch at the end of the ride. Ride to the Rec. Area and veer into the first parking area. Continue down the parking lot and take a left at the bottom of it in the little turn around thingy. Follow signs for the Colorado Trail.

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Not much really in the same area or least that I've been on, but Elk Meadows in Evergreen is on fine trail, I tell you what!

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5
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[Dec 17, 1998]
Scott

Forget the paved road from Buffalo Creek. There are so many great trails in this area that you can do miles of cool loops (if you can't stand recrossing your tracks). Why waste precious time riding on (gag) pavement?

Start at the Colorado Trail parking area on Highway 126 a few miles south of Buffalo Creek, head west and ride with the crowds as far as you please, or better yet drive down F.R. 550 til you get to the Meadows Campground, and ride the next, just as good but far less crowded section of the Colorado Trail, all the way to the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary about 8 miles away. You will cross another dirt road and parking area and lots of Wilderness Area signs, but you CAN ride the Rolling Creek trail for a few more miles until you hit the Wildrness Area. (you'll know it when you get there.) Be sure and take the Rolling Creek Trail, and not the continuation of the Colorado Trail (very boring section). This trail combo is a blast, with winding high-speed dirt and lots of creek bashing!

Customer Service

Colorado Trail to Rolling Creek Trail, out and back.
Rideable most of the year, except for Jan-Mar, as it's fairly low elevation and in the "banana belt" of the Front Range.

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Lots and lots of great riding in the Buffalo Creek MTB area. A lot of these trails were built by the Forest Service specifically for mountain biking, and they did a good job on most of them. My favs include Sandy Wash, Charlies Cutoff, Homestead, and Buck Gulch (which connects up with Pine Valley Ranch Park). Some very fun trails were wiped out in the fire and flash flood a couple years ago. Hopefully the Forest Service will see fit to re-build them one day.

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5
VALUE
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[Jun 17, 1999]
David Snyder

This trail is very easy, but I would consider it one of the funnest rides near Denver. The trail gets a litle sandy in parts but for the most part it is fast tacky dirt. My friend and I decided to stay left at all possible areas, this lead for lots of climbs, but very mellow climbs that rule on the way down. The downhills are great because there are tons of little jumbs, tight trees and banked turns. THis trail rules.

Customer Service

My friend and I were both new to this trail, so we just rode, and rode, and rode. Damn fun trail.

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Don't go to fast around some turns, especially when your brakes are wet, I nearly broke my neck. Peace Out

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5
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[Aug 17, 1999]
Dave Charter

Nice and fast roller coaster type trails. Not too much on the technical stuff, but still a lot of fun.

Similar Products Used:

Three Sisters / Elk Meadow

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4
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