The Colorado Trail South Platte Townsite to Colorado Trailhead FS-550

Buffalo Creek, Colorado 80425

The Colorado Trail South Platte Townsite to Colorado Trailhead FS-550

The Colorado Trail: South Platte Townsite to Colorado Trailhead FS-550 Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Segment 2 is one of the driest sections along the trail. There is NO reliable source of water after leaving the South Platte River until reaching mile 1.3 of Segment 3. Much of this segment is in the Buffalo Creek burn area and little shade is available. Persons traveling this section should be sure to fill their water bottles at the South Platte River.

Complicating the situation, camping is not allowed along the river, most likely necessitating having a dry camp somewhere in Segment 2. The good news is that, after completing this section, water is more plentiful and regulations become less worrisome as the Denver area is left behind."

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Trail Information

Buffalo Creek
Nearby City
11.5
Distance
2,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
6,120 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,840 feet
Top Elevation
South Platte Ranger District, Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #135; USGS Platte Canyon, Deckers
Local Maps

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Dec 2018