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Clear Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Rough rolling single track with small rock gardens. The trail parallels clear creek which makes for a beautiful ride. About 2 miles up the trail you will pass an old run down historic power plant. The trail gradually goes up into the mountains where it ends at the crippled childrens camp ground.
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Latitude
44.276671273775186
Longitude
-106.875
Trail Directions
Head into Buffalo Wyoming. From Gillette you would be on I-90, From Sheridan you would be on I-25 south, From Casper you would be on I-25 north. Take the first exit into Buffalo, (south bound)follow the road through the first stoplight. Turn right at the second stoplight heading up I-16. Follow the road past the soldiers and sailors home, and you should see a sign on the right side of the road indicating the trail head. Take a left onto the dirt road and follow it about a quarter of a mile to the trail head.
Trail Length
approx 10-15 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Buffalo
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: ROAD WARRIOR ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
In the summer of 2011, Two sections of single-track were added. This connected 2 sections of double-track and Brush Creek Trail. Ridden as an out and back from town, it makes for a 36 mile epic. Buffalo Elev. 4500', end of trail 7700' Trail starts between the Super 8, and The Big Horn Travel Center (good place for a pre-ride breakfast, and after ride shower $$). Begins as an asphalt Rail-Trail, goes down Main St, through a park, then becomes gravel. Trail will continue along Clear Creek to the Veterans Home property, then up to Hwy 16 for a short paved trail section. Take a left on Turkey Lane, and in 1/4 mile turn right into the parking lot. Single-track starts here. First mile is easy then becomes a little more difficult. After passing the spur trail to the Mosier Gulch TH, continue straight, go around gate and continue on the dirt road. At the water intake dam road ends and ST starts straight ahead to the right. Trail will now climb 1200' in 2 1/4 miles via 34 switchbacks. At the top continue straight on the DT. after 1 mile DT will make a sharp right, ST will be on the left (steel post). Follow this flowing ST back down to Clear Creek (actually the creek comes up to meet you as you only have to descend 300'). Trail will follow the creek for a short distance. Now is decision time. To continue you will need to ford the creek, water will be close to knee deep or higher and will be COLD. Past the creek the new trail will continue for Appx. 3/4 mile and merge with old Brush Creek trail. The trail is mostly clear and blazed, but not bike friendly. The first 1/4 mile will be mostly hike a bike. then will become increasingly rideable as you get further up into the meadow. (Brush Creek trail will probably see some improvements in the near future) At the top you will come to a dirt road. Right will take you to Hwy 16, Go left a couple hundred yards for a view of the Big Horn Mountains. Refuel, rest, enjoy the view, then head back, Except for one short climb it's down hill all the way back. While some may not like the DT sections, they are necessary to keep the big grin from becoming permanently etched on your face!



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Review Date
July 12, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: 11 Bravo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Leaving from the parking area the trail is mellow singletrack winding through the trees. There are a couple of spots of doubletrack where city vehicles access water treatment equipment, but it is almost all nice singletrack winding through the trees. There are some rock gardens and a couple of small bridges. About 3/4 of a mile or so up the trail you will see a "Clear Creek Trail" sign on the right side with a trail heading to the right. This trail goes a short distance and ends in an open field. Just stay on the main trail when you see the sign.

About a mile and a half up the trail you will come to the old Buffalo hydro-electric power plant. It is long abandoned but the shell of the building is still there. Past the power plant it is singletrack following right along Clear Creek and mostly in the trees. There are a couple of places where the trail forks. It does not matter what direction you take, they all merge back into the same trail. About a half a mile past the power plant there is a wooden bench beside the river.

Past the bench there is about 3 miles of nice singletrack. The singletrack trail merges into a doubletrack road. The rest of the ride is on doubletrack road. About a half mile or so there is a short but pretty steep climb. The climb is loose and rocky and is pretty changeling even though it is very short. As you top out from the climb you will be at an unimproved camp ground. If you stay on the road for another 200 yards or so you come to a drainage where the trail crosses a little creek. This is dry most of the year but will have water in it in the spring. Right before the drainage area there will be a sign on the right that says "Trail" with an arrow pointing up the hill.

If you continue going straight on the road, you will come to a metal gate. If you follow the trail sign up the hill there is a short section of singletrack with a bridge over the drainage. This trail leads you to a nice picnic area with an outhouse and a water pump. If you leave the picnic area opposite the side the trial came in, you will be on a well traveled road. Head down the hill and you will end up at the same metal gate mentioned above.

Go around the gate and follow the road for another couple of miles and the trail ends at Mosier Gulch where there is a small reservoir.

The only problem with this trail is that it is too short.

Recommended Route:
Take Hwy 16 through Buffalo like you are headed to Ten Sleep. As you leave town headed west you will pass the veterans hospital. Keep going and you will see a camp ground on your left with an "A" frame building and a little past that there is a rock shop. The road just past the rock shop is Turkey Lane. Turn left on Turkey Lane and it will take you right to the parking area.

Start at the parking area and ride up to Mosier Gulch. I always take the little trail up to the picnic area because it is a nice little climb on singletrack and the bomb run down the hill back to the main trail is fun.

Be careful when headed back down. The trail is super fun with nice flow and almost all gradual downhill. It is very easy to get a lot of speed up and this is a busy multi use trail. You will see lots of families with small kids up for a walk along the creek, especially on the weekends. It is generally not very busy on weekdays, but I do encounter some trail runners.

Everyone I have encountered on the trail has been very nice. Just be sure you don't get in the zone headed down and run into someone.



Comments
Airborne (07/31/2007)
The Clear Creek Trail is formally known as the "Bill Mentock Trail", named after the man that built it.

On July 22, 2007 I got an e-mail from Bill with the following information. I am posting it here for him.

"............someone called 11 Bravo, on July 12, 2007, mentioned a Clear Creek Trail sign about 3/4 mile up the trail that was confusing--misleading. I agree. It was sign that I had on hand, and used it to identify that new trail when we first built that .34 mile trail extension from the Highway 16 rest area. Since then, I have reworked the trail, placed a distance marker at that location, and the trail has been used enough to be visible.

Anyway, I went up there this morning and removed it. If later, we decide we do need a new sign there, it will be worded to show that it is a trail extension back to the Highway 16 rest area.
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Review Date
June 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ronjones ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Nice singletrack with easy rocky spots. It's a great early/late season ride when there's too much snow in other parts of the Big Horns. The first part is used by townspeople as a park area so look out for families, kids, pets, etc.

Recommended Route:
Start from the bottom, ride up and eventually turn around. Don't let anyone talk you into making it a shuttle ride--it's way too gentle of an uphill ride for that.



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Review Date
February 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: John Howell , from Bartlesville, OK USA

Summary:
I used to live in Buffalo, trail head was a block from my home. rode it every day when I was learning to ride. first part of the trail is basically a gently inclined walking path, not much to deal with. when you finally arrive at the veterans home, you ride through the creek and on the otherside, that's when the trail gets exciting. I would say that this is basically a beginners trail until you get to the old pump house, which is about half-way. After that it turns into an intermediate trail for about a mile and then the last half mile is quite a bit more technical. Probably in the range of upper-intermediate/lower-expert range. Loved the trail, helped me learn not only how to read the trail, but also how to respect the trail. Wish I could ride it again.

Recommended Route:
Start off a the veterans home, hop the creek and pedal as fast as you can. the path runs by the creek and your often times tempted to slow down and enjoy the view. Don't do it, there's time enough for that on another day. Push all the way to the top then turn around and let gravity pull you back down the mountain.



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