Little Scraggy is the culmination of over 2.5 years of work by the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA). Their goal was to connect the far reaches of the park with the rest of the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area trail system and to grant access the southernmost campground.
Situated on the remote south side of the park just outside of the burn from 1996, Little Scraggy would best be characterized by the smooth singletrack comprised of pea-sized granite broken down over millennia, large and bulbous boulders that seem to undulate with the terrain, outcrops of quartz that scatter the trail like giant hailstones, and gorgeous wildflowers at its highest elevations. Since this is a purpose built trail with mountain biking in mind, the crew at COMBA went to great lengths to incorporate all of the natural terrain features into the trail. To the rider this equates to very achievable grades for both uphill and downhill, and the trail utilizes every piece of smooth rock for some fun and challenging technical moves. This trail inspires novice bikers and puts a big grin on the face of everyone else who rides it.
There are several large rock features to be ridden in both directions since this is an out-and-back loop. Some of them can be quite difficult, but each one has a go-around in case you're not feeling brave. Some other notable features of this trail are two house-sized boulders that you get to squeeze through, plenty of little rocks to jump from, and a great view of Little Scraggy Peak when you reach the top.
After you're done with your ride, take advantage of some cool amenities offered by COMBA and its volunteers. Just go a half-mile up Decker Rod to the main parking lot at South Buffalo Creek Road. In addition to snacks and refreshments you'll find loaner helmets that can be used and returned, first-aid supplies, and various bike parts and tools. Just another reason this trail system is legendary here on the Front Range.
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