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Date Friday  6/25/2021
End Date Friday  6/25/2021
Group State CMC
Event Title Mountain Bike Little Scraggy - "Weekday Rides"
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Jeffrey Speake
Member Price Free
Available Participants 5
Type Trip
Trip Type Bike
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult 
Trail Mileage 13
Elevation Gain 1400
Driving Distance 70


Little Scraggy Trail, Buffalo Creek MTB area, 13.6 miles south of US285 / CO 126 intersection at Pine Junction. 

Getting There: The trail begins immediately south of a USFS parking lot on FSR 550, 400’ west of CO 126 (Deckers Road).  There is a $7 fee for day use at the lot.  I avoid the fee and park along the wide dirt shoulders of CO 126 near the intersection of FSR 550. 

We will meet at 9:00AM.  Look for my silver 4Runner on the east side of CO 126 near the FSR 550 intersection.,-105.2573857/@39.3450313,-105.2798734,15z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0

From the Denver area, drive time from C470 and US 285 is around 40-45 minutes.  From C-470 go west on US 285 to Pine Junction, turn left at the light and drive south 13.6 miles on curvy & scenic CO 126 to a sign for FSR 550 (Wellington Lake). Behave yourself at 30 mph Pine Grove and Buffalo Creek where the Jeffco Sheriff likes to hang.   



For more info Contact

Contact leader to register:  Jeff Speake

Weekday rides are new for the MTB Section, and we will see if there is interest. I typically ride 2-3 days a week and prefer uncrowded weekday rides. I've found mornings are best to avoid hot temps and summer t-storms. I am flexible - so I may be open to adjusting scheduled days if we develop group interest for alternatives.  Maybe we could make this a regular weekly thing?    




Buffalo Creek Little Scraggy Loop – One of my favorite rides – flowy, fun tech sections, and a couple big drops - 12.6 miles with about 1400’ of gain/loss, but no super endurance steep sections. MTB Project users rate the ride intermediate/difficult (blue/black) and give it 4.7 stars.

Located in the southeastern portion of the greater Buffalo Creek area, the trail circles the rugged Little Scraggy Peak formation which rises 1100 feet above the forest. This trail was purpose built by COMBA specifically for mountain biking on mostly virgin territory in 2014-2016. The ride is almost 100% singletrack, and rolls and winds through forests and around (or over) rock formations, with a few rock slab and technical options.  Designed to be ridden clockwise, a highlight is the west side – nearly two miles of mostly downhill winding flowy trail with tight banked turns. The last couple miles link with a segment of the Colorado Trail and can be extended to other Buff Creek trails.  

Timing: Ride time for Scraggy is around 1:45 to 2 hours if familiar with the trail and moving quickly. Most riders new to the trail are 2 to 3 hours.  Totally optional:  Lunch & a brew on the way home?  Zoka’s in Pine Grove is a popular spot.

Participant Basics: 

SKILLSET: As an intermediate/difficult ride you need to be comfortable on single track with moderate elevation gain, variable surfaces, tight turns, some steeps, obstacles, loose rock sections, and technical trail features.

MTB Setup Recommended: Full Suspension XC or Enduro; dropper post is very useful. E-Bikes not permitted this area.

Please, make sure your bike is in good working order before you leave home! 

Pre-Ride Check - ABC’s:  "Air” pressure both tires; “Brakes” front & rear; "Chain" lube if needed, shifting dialed in.

Gear Kit:  Helmet Required!  Be Self-Sufficient!  In addition to water and energy snacks, carry a spare tube and inflation device, multi-tool, appropriate clothing & footgear, sun and eye protection, and a first aid kit. For longer trips think “Ten Essentials” and have a communication device in case of a pro


Responsible Riding Rules of the Trail (IMBA):

  • Plan Ahead: Familiarize yourself with ride, area, and be equipped, including for emergencies.
  • Respect the Trail: Stay on the trail. Please Don’t Skid! Practice “Leave No Trace principals”. 
  • Share the Trail: Slow and yield to horses, runners/hikers, and ascending bikes.  Be Friendly!
  • When Passing: Slow down, announce yourself with a bell or voice, wait until out of your way. 
  • Ride in Control: Ride within your limits. Use caution at poor sightlines and corners.
  • Respect Wildlife - Beware of wildlife, approach with caution, never scare animals.

CMC COVID Protocol Summary

  • 1.DO NOT participant on the trip if you feel you have symptoms of the virus
  • 2.Take your temperature 24 hours prior to the trip and confirm to the trip leader it is less than 100.4 F
  • 3. Participants must cancel themselves from the trip roster if they are feeling any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have had contact with anyone known to have symptoms in the last 10 days.
  • 4.You MUST sign the new liability wavier
  • 5.Masks may be considered outdoors whenever a reasonable distance cannot be maintained, however this decision is up to each participant based on their comfort level.