Nestled in the mountains outside of Denver sits an expansive network of trails in Buffalo Creek. Scenic outcroppings and wide open views with smooth trails through ponderosa pines and unique burn areas create a wild yet peaceful environment.
The summer can be warm. Fall and Spring are great. The trails are sandy, tend to dry quickly, and many trail options exist. You can take this route in either direction. It may be potentially less uphill if you travel the route counter-clockwise. There are creeks in the area, but they are somewhat intermittent. The trail consists of small crushed granite and is easy to follow. There is good signage at the intersections, but they don't include mileage, so bring the Trail Run Project mobile app
There is a fee station ($7) at the little Scraggy Trailhead. There are other entrances in the area. The area is popular with mountain bikers, so keep an eye (and an ear) out for them!
Pine forests open up into valleys characterized by their recovering burn areas.