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Buck Gulch

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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.
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Latitude
39.40837886664015
Longitude
-105.34594774246216
Trail Directions
Take HWY 285 out of Denver about 30 miles to Pine Junction. Turn left at the only stop light around onto CO RD 126. Drive downhill just under six miles toward Pine. Watch for signs to Pine Valley Ranch Open Space. The right hand turn off is just after a hard left blind corner on the 126. Loop back about one mile to the large tiered hillside parking area.
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pine
   


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Review Date
October 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Robin Witt ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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. ;-)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
October 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: A , from Denver

Summary:
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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Review Date
July 30, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Taylor , from Golden

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
What ever you like



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Review Date
June 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Cliff , from Littleton

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any of the Buffalo Creek rides



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Review Date
March 10, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kurt Wille , from Pine,CO,USA

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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sandy Wash, Green Mountain, Baldy, Tramway, Colorado Trail to Lost Creek Wilderness boundary.



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