Rich Creek Trail #616
ElevationAscent: 1,616' 493 m
Descent: -422' -129 m
High: 11,576' 3,528 m
Low: 9,966' 3,038 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A steady, gradual climb through forest and meadows.”— Joshua Wells
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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