CT - Segment 3
ElevationAscent: 2,015' 614 m
Descent: -1,418' -432 m
High: 8,298' 2,529 m
Low: 7,368' 2,246 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“A smoother, rolling section of the famous Colorado Trail.”— Jeff Williams
The trail is not overly steep, rocky or technical. Visitors will have plenty of access to scenic areas and views along the way, and can easily connect this trail to many other trails within Buffalo Creek, and surrounding wilderness areas. The trail does provide a nice, remote getaway. In the area you'll find interesting rock and boulder outcroppings, meadows and trails winding through areas where previous fires have exposed unique terrain to create an interesting landscape of downed trees, rocks and open grassy meadows mixed with pine forest.
This particular section does stay mostly wooded and is level at about 7,800 feet, until the end, where you'll climb to more like 8,000 feet. This trail is best in the spring and fall when temperatures are cooler as the area can be warm in the summer months.
Once you leave the confines of Buffalo Creek, passing the Meadows Group Campground, the trail stays nestled in the pine-filled woods, but begins a grueling climb to its terminus at CT - Segment 4 (Wellington Road).
Local Club: Colorado Trail Foundation
May 21, 2019: Snowpack 2019 and Buried Trail
May 14, 2019: Snowpack 2019 and “Mountaineering”
May 7, 2019: Snowpack 2019 and Starting Too Early