Nice Kitty Little Scraggy Loop, Buffalo Creek, CO

The Buffalo Creek area, about 45 minutes from Denver on 285, is home to some of the best mountain biking near the front range. Yesterday I had the pleasure to ride Nice Kitty to Little Scraggy on a warm spring day.

Nice Kitty

If you drive into Buffalo Creek on Highway 126, you can park in the parking lot and ride along the creek for a mile or so to the trail head.  

bridge over Buffalo Creek
bridge over Buffalo Creek

You’ll see a new bridge cross over the creek and begin the trail.  It’s a relentless climb for several miles, but the trail is purrfectly smooth and all rideable.   As you ascend you’ll pass through forest burned in 1996 by an unattended campfire.

It’s a surreal experience with burned timber standing tall all around you as you ride.  

Nice Kitty
Nice Kitty
Nice Kitty
Nice Kitty
Nice Kitty
rider on Nice Kitty

As you get near the top of this first pitch of climbing, take a right onto the Little Scraggy trail.

Little Scraggy

The trail flattens out a bit here, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for a snack and to take pictures of Redskin Mountain and other points further west. 

Little Scraggy facing west
Little Scraggy facing west
Little Scraggy facing west
Little Scraggy facing west

You’ll also pass over and next to a number of quartz deposits that sparkle brightly in the intense Colorado sunshine.

quartz deposit on Little Scraggy
quartz deposit on Little Scraggy
quartz deposit on Little Scraggy
quartz deposit on Little Scraggy

You’ll pass through a campground and then continue gentle climbing and descents through several beautiful rock gardens.  

Little Scraggy rock garden
Little Scraggy rock garden
Little Scraggy rock garden
Little Scraggy rock garden

Near the top of the climb you are again afforded great views of the west.

looking west
looking west

It’s been a long climb – over 2700 feet.  Now you have all that in fast flowy downhill to enjoy!

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