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Rich Creek Trail #616

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6.8 Miles 10.9 Kilometers

 

90% 

Runnable

Singletrack

1,616' 493 m

Ascent

-422' -129 m

Descent

11,576' 3,528 m

High

9,966' 3,038 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Unknown

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A steady, gradual climb through forest and meadows.

Joshua Wells

Overview

Almost all of the run is within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness so please be mindful of wilderness restrictions posted on the parking lot sign.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Off-leash

Description

Parking is somewhat limited directly at the trailhead, but many people just park alongside the road if the little parking lot fills up and it's not a problem.

There is a wilderness map and registration list at the parking lot before you start, but really the trail is very well-defined and easy to follow. The trail consists mostly of dirt with the occasional root and rock. Water can be found nearby for at least 75% of the trail, so you definitely shouldn't have to worry too much about finding a solid water source.

You'll find that the elevation gain is very steady for the most part. There a few places where it is steeper than others, like any trail, but overall there aren't a ton of exceptionally flat areas. Once you get into the meadows (probably about half of the run), you'll have nice views of the nearby ridges and peaks.

You may see a few other parties on the trail, but Buffalo Peaks Wilderness tends to be less popular than the nearby Collegiate Peaks so it can be very peaceful and secluded.

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