Buffalo Creek hike

  • We will hike on the Colorado Trail near where it crosses County Road 126 South of Buffalo Creek. We will start from north of the Little Scraggy Trailhead.

    To reach the TH drive west on Southbound US 285 to Pine Junction. Go south on Pine Valley Road (Jeffco 126) through Pine and continue south. Pass through Buffalo Creek and ascend the hill going south. About four miles from Buffalo Creek you reach Forest Service Road 550 where you turn to the west. There is a parking lot close to the intersection. We will meet at the lot because it easy to find. However, we will park along CR126 a mile or so north of FS550 where the Colorado Trail crosses CR126.

The trail goes northbound through an open (burned over) area toward the now-closed Top of the World campground. We will go three or four miles, have lunch and return the way we came. The trail goes up and down some but there is not much elevation change. Be prepared for snow in some shady spots.

The trail features some rounded boulders and rock outcrops and great views. We will do a short bushwhack up to the defunct Top of the World campground and (ahem) energy vortex.

Starting elevation: 7,760 (N39°21.35’  W105°14.86’)

Ending elevation: 7,620 ft

High point: about 7,689 ft

Distance: 7 miles round trip

Pace: moderate (about 2 miles per hour)

Time on the trail: four hours

Overall subjective rating: pretty easy

Dogs are welcome though they must keep their owners on a leash.

Bring water and lunch. Dress in layers. There may be some snow on the trail so bring your traction devices.

You participate in this hike at your own risk.

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  • doug d.

    Another great one Bill.

    November 25, 2012

  • Mike

    What a great day with good company.

    November 25, 2012

  • Mark

    Thanks for providing the exact lat/lon coordinates for the trailhead. Easy to map, easy to find! Great group of folks. Surreal scenery. Awesome weather. And I won't speak of the vortex (shhhh!) Great hiking with you again, Bill.

    November 25, 2012

  • lisa

    Great hike with great people, scenery that was a welcome change of pace, and a vortex to boot! Thanks, Bill!

    November 25, 2012

  • Adam

    Map was 5 miles off, couldn't find group in time

    November 25, 2012

  • Mariellen

    I'm still interested in carpooling from the Denver-metro area

    November 21, 2012

    • Nata

      We can pick u up from wads and Hampden around 645-7 am. Let me know is interested[masked]

      November 24, 2012

    • Mariellen

      Thank you for the offer but i changed my mind on this hike

      November 24, 2012

  • Nata

    Hi Bill. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Just wondering if I can bring a guest? Please let me know. Thanks , Nata

    November 23, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We hiked this trail at the beginning of summer. I believe it's the 6th or 7th segment of the Colorado Trail. It will be a dandy when snowshoeing begins.

    November 23, 2012

  • Mariellen

    does anyone want to car pool? meet at wadsworth/hampden?

    November 21, 2012

  • Mariellen

    should i get to go - is there any chance of carpooling ?

    November 20, 2012

  • Bill B.

    There is a waiting list you can use now. I inadvertently neglected to turn it on earlier.

    November 20, 2012

  • Mariellen

    I'd like to be on the waiting list if there is one. Carpooling sounds good too.

    November 19, 2012

  • Linda

    Says 19 spots left but that it's full??? I'd love to join you if I can and carpool...

    November 19, 2012

  • Lynelle

    Are well behaved leashed dogs allowed??? I am dog sitting that day.

    November 19, 2012

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