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Buffalo Creek

Average Rating:    (4.35 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

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!
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Latitude
39.39163199379185
Longitude
-105.27511596679687
Trail Directions
Heading south on US 285 from Denver proceed to Pine Junstion and head left at the Stoplight. Travel down the road more than six miles... Head through Pine but right before you start heading uphill pullover at the Forest Service Station and park. From here, ride up the long hill that is paved until you get to the parking lot for Buffalo Creek Rec. Area (It will be on your right way up at the top of the hill. The Actual Trail head is at the end of the first Parking turnout and to the left (Do not take the Trail at the bottom of the parkking area, it lead back to the road you just came up)
Trail Length
Depends on how far you wish to go.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pine
   


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Review Date
April 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Colorado Yooper ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
May 23, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nca777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Jeremys Loop clockwise.



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Review Date
June 27, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ted1186 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Any route, it's all a great ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Gashouse



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Review Date
May 2, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: blt ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
jeremy's loop(from the town of buffalo creek), buck gulch(from pine valley ranch park)



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Review Date
April 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: doubledunc ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

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



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