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greenBlue Buffalo Gap Trail

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19.5 mile 31.4 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,479' 451 m
Descent: -1,625' -495 m
High: 2,641' 805 m
Low: 2,324' 708 m

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Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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The Buffalo Gap provides a bypass around Theodore Roosevelt National Park or a large loop with the Maah Daah Hey Trail.

Karen Ryberg

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Buffalo Gap Trail is the Maah Daah Hey Trail bypass around the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park (TRNP), where mountain bikes are not allowed. The trail is used by mountain bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. The trail crosses Knutson Creek with a hardened low water crossing, long rolling grasslands areas, and rugged badlands. The trail can be accessed from Sully Creek State Park and the Maah Daah Hey Trail by running the Maah Daah Hey trail approximately 2 miles northwest to the junction with the Buffalo Gap Trail. The trail may also be accessed from the U.S. Forest Service Buffalo Gap Campground and Buffalo Gap Campground Trail. Take the Buffalo Gap Campground Trail approximately 1.3 miles to the junction with the Buffalo Gap Trail and then go north or south on the trail. The trail may also be accessed on the north end via the Maah Daah Hey just north of the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

Flora & Fauna

Antelope, mule and white-tailed deer, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, wild turkey, grassland birds, and grassland flowers.

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