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CT - Segment 2: South Platte River to Little Scraggy

Intermediate
 3.6 (32) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Stays within the Buffalo Creek Fire area for 80% of the ride and is mostly flat, gravelly and flows


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10.3

Miles

16.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,764' 2,366 m

High

6,112' 1,863 m

Low

2,175' 663 m

Up

619' 189 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

This is a well defined trail winding its way through the Buffalo Creek Fire (1996). The singletrack is fast and flows nicely along the gravelly trail with great views of the fire's devastation and the recent new growth.

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Description

There is a large parking lot on Platte River Rd. which marks the end of segment 1 of the Colorado Trail and the beginning of segment 2. Cross the large iron bridge over the Platte River and begin by heading south along the river for a brief stent before heading west over a short section of shale. From here follow a well defined trail winding its way through the Buffalo Creek Fire (1996).

Colorado Trail segment 2 officially ends at the Little Scraggy Trail (marked on map). We chose to end this segment at Deckers Rd. and ride back to Platte River Trailhead for a great out and back ride. Thus when we rode segment 3 of the Colorado Trail, we started from the roadside parking lot (marked on map) then rode the short distance to the Little Scraggy Trail.

History & Background

Buffalo Creek Fire (1996) burned for 1 week, scorching 10,000 acres of forest covering a distance of over 10 miles with a 2 mile width. The fire also destroyed 18 homes.

Please note that E-bikes are not allowed on any non-motorized trails situated on National Forest System Lands.
E-bikes are only allowed on motorized routes as displayed on the local motor vehicle use map; found here:
fs.usda.gov/detail/psicc/ma…

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Shared By:

Chuck McQuade with improvements by s platte

Trail Ratings

  3.6 from 32 votes

#2

in South Platte

#878

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  3.6 from 32 votes
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Photos

A good look at Buffalo Creek riding.
Oct 9, 2013 near Pine, CO
Sunrise on the CT - Segment 2 Trail
Oct 23, 2017 near Pine, CO
A partial survivor - Raleigh Peak (far background).  Its summit is actually part of the burn line.  The Colorado Trail loops just behind the peak among the unburned terrain.
Apr 4, 2013 near Pine, CO
New growth
Apr 5, 2013 near Pine, CO
Sunrise at the top of the first climb.
Jul 19, 2020 near Pine, CO
From the burn area looking east towards Raleigh Peak
Oct 23, 2017 near Pine, CO

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Jul 10, 2022
Hunter Ruth
Super big ride with Elrond and John 3.3 k in elevation gain 23.8mi — 4h 48m
May 14, 2022
Matthew Dansereau
Nov 23, 2021
Rich Kelly
23.5mi — 4h 03m
Sep 25, 2021
Nick Roosen
20.1mi — 2h 30m
Sep 10, 2021
Jeff Verseman
Feb 23, 2021
Patrick Burns
This is a banger section when shuttled and ridden west to East. Miles and miles of killer loose corners. And most the entire ride feels out there.
Nov 7, 2020
Ryan Witt
Sep 17, 2020
Ryan Goetz