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Rich Creek Trail #616

Intermediate

Trail

6.8 mile 10.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,616' 493 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 11,576' 3,528 m
Low: 9,966' 3,038 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Joshua Wells

A steady, gradual climb through forest and meadows.

Joshua Wells

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Almost all of the hike is within the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness so please be mindful of wilderness restrictions posted on the parking lot sign.

Description

Parking is somewhat limited directly at the trailhead, but many people just park alongside the road if the little parking lot fills up and it's not a problem.

There is a wilderness map and registration list at the parking lot before you start, but really the trail is very well-defined and easy to follow. The trail consists mostly of dirt with the occasional root and rock. Water can be found nearby for at least 75% of the trail, so you definitely shouldn't have to worry too much about finding a solid water source.

You'll find that the elevation gain is very steady for the most part. There a few places where it is steeper than others, like any trail, but overall there aren't a ton of exceptionally flat areas. Once you get into the meadows (probably about half of the hike), you'll have nice views of the nearby ridges and peaks.

You may see a few other parties on the trail, but Buffalo Peaks Wilderness tends to be less popular than the nearby Collegiate Peaks so it can be very peaceful and secluded.

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Jun 9, 2018
Karen Dukat
A beautiful backpacking loop with the Rough and Tumble trail!
Sep 3, 2017
Noelle Michel
Started at Rich Creek TH and walked in ~3.5 miles, camped and walked back the same way. 3.5mi

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A beautiful day makes our trek along Rich Creek all the better.
Feb 18, 2017 near Buena V…, CO

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