Buckhorn Trail starts at a three-way intersection with Outie Trail
. Heading to the east at this intersection, Buckhorn Trail starts with a slight descent through fast, winding singletrack. The descent bottoms out and it starts to climb slightly.
After about 0.2 of a miles you'll cross a jeep road. After the jeep road the trail climbs with slightly more vigor. Bending to the right you side hill from right to left on a quick descent. A hard left takes you further downhill followed by a hard right.
From this right hand turn you climb again to a knoll which is thick with scrub oak. Turning left the trail drops more and you find yourself on a Jeep track. After a short bit the trail meanders off the Jeep track to the left and climbs slightly.
From here the trail gets a little steeper and has a handful of turns as it's looses elevation quickly. You'll find yourself paralleling a barbwire fence on your left. Turning right off the fence line you hit an old Jeep track; the track will bottom out and climb to a cattle guard. Once through the cattle guard the trail turns slightly to the right and side hills right to left as it's drops once more.
At this point, you're getting close to both the Buckhorn Traverse
and the major Lower Buckhorn Reroute portion of the trail. This 1.6 mile reroute was built in 2016 to replace a steep and rutted utility corridor which also passed through private land. Now fully on BLM land, the trail is enjoyablel both up and down. You'll mostly wind through sage meadows and pinion juniper terrain between Buckhorn Traverse
and the Rio Grande Trail