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.
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.
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.
As you get near the top of this first pitch of climbing, take a right onto the Little Scraggy trail.
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.
You’ll also pass over and next to a number of quartz deposits that sparkle brightly in the intense Colorado sunshine.
You’ll pass through a campground and then continue gentle climbing and descents through several beautiful rock gardens.
Near the top of the climb you are again afforded great views of the west.
It’s been a long climb – over 2700 feet. Now you have all that in fast flowy downhill to enjoy!