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Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride

Buffalo Creek Recreation Area

Central Front Range, Colorado

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Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride

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  • The remnants of the 1996 burn at Buffalo Creek.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • The sand here is really pea-sized granite.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • A beautiful but stark landscape.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Rocks here have a distinctive shape because of the crumbly composition.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Not much cover on the trail.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Late fall brings the last wildflowers to Buffalo Creek.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • A great view from Sandy Wash.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Sandy Wash at the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • The trail is fast, and it's easy to pick up lots of speed.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Sandy Wash at the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • The sun keeps you nice and warm here.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Speed is your friend everywhere here.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Sandy Wash at the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Ponderosa pines that escaped the forest fire here.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • The rocks that flank the trail are unreal.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
  • Some of the most fun at Buffalo Creek ever.- Sandy Wash Mountain Bike Ride
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Pros: 
A wonderfully sculpted trail full of pea-sized gravel.
Cons: 
The gravel here can make you loose your traction in the corners.
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Region:
Central Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
2.70 mi (4.35 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,449.00 ft (2,270.46 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Although almost all of the mountain biking at Buffalo Creek is amazing, there are a few standout trails like Sandy Wash that have an almost cult-like following.

Your bike will gobble up the trail as it cuts like a knife through the pea-sized granite banks that grace every corner on this twisty decent. Most of the area is made-up of easily weathered and very crumbly feldspar crystals, not sand. Its colors sparkle in the sun with hues of pink and stark white on the landscape. Although not as easy to reach as other trails at Buffalo Creek, this one should not be missed if you have enough time to incorporate it in your loop. 

The Sandy Wash Trail can be accessed by either Homestead Trail or Miller Gulch, and then it's a flowing fast descent all the way down to Buffalo Creek Road. After riding Sandy Wash once, you will see why so many people choose this as one of their favorites in the area. If you have the time, be sure to check out Little Scraggy, another local standard.

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