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CT - Segment 3: Little Scraggy to FS-560 Wellington Lake Road



13.3 mile 21.4 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,015' 614 m
Descent: -1,418' -432 m
High: 8,298' 2,529 m
Low: 7,368' 2,246 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Jeff Williams

A smoother, rolling section of the famous Colorado Trail.

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This section of the Colorado Trail is pretty level and rolling, with the exception of a dip/climb into and out of a valley approximately 9 miles into the route. It winds its way through pleasant ponderosa pine forests, making for an enjoyable outing on easier terrain. The largely shaded trail is smooth and gravelly and stays mostly singletrack in this section. The trail is shared by bikers and foot traffic but remains pretty quiet and secluded in general.

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).

Flora & Fauna

Deer, wildflowers, pines, birds, and butterflies, all call this area home.

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Aug 6, 2019
Dennis Morrow
Jun 21, 2019
Anne Osborn Elliott
13.3mi — 5h 00m
Jun 15, 2019
Dustin K
13.7mi — 2h 23m
May 6, 2019
Karin Wuhrmann
14mi — 8h 30m
Sep 1, 2018
K Keiter
Aug 3, 2018
Mtn Dew
May 26, 2018
Allison Swanson
Out and back from Little Scraggy trailhead. Conditions clear and beautiful the entire section 26.6mi
Dec 22, 2017
laura Kimble
Out and back from the little scraggy TH. 8mi

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