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An amazing trek! These trails will really make you enjoy the wilderness. Plenty of creeks and seasonal streams, the meadows are breath taking, and the peaks are inspiring. Though we only saw 1, these trails are frequented by deer and elk, as evidenced by the tracks that we followed almost the entire way. The only signs of civilization come once you hit the 4x4 roads and some of the camp sites attached to them. It was peaceful, it was tough, it was worth every step!

The trail has a beautiful setting going in and out of aspen groves.
The only issue is to get to the trailhead you have to go up half mile of a very steep and rutted dirt road. You need a 4x4 or just walk it.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful autumn hike! Trail in great condition, flaming aspens, and lots of sunshine. Started at southern TH and hiked loop without northern spur - 12.7 miles in a little less than 6 hours. Only saw 1 other person the whole time (biker). Forest, meadows, beaver ponds, and bubbling creeks.

We started at the Four Mile trail head.
We hiked about 7 miles total taking Salt Creek Trail. We saw a clearing in the trees to a beautiful view of what we believe was Marmot peak then turned around. That much of the trail took us a little less than 4 hours but if we had more time we would have liked to go to the top of Buffalo Peaks.
We went on Labor Day weekend and the leaves were already beginning to make their fall color changes... for the colors alone I'd go again!!! It's very wooded trees everyone very cool on a summer day, lots of shade and not steep at all!

off road driving
9 months ago

Easy trail and a good views

Easy climb and saw only two people
Great fishing!

off road driving
11 months ago

An amazing day, with amazing views. Dropping down into Leadville for lunch was a huge bonus.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

off road driving
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beautiful drive, especially in the fall. tons of aspens on the Fairplay side. Nothing requiring very high clearance.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fun trip - easy enough for beginners as long as you are aware and don't mind backing up when you meet a vehicle. A bit rocky in places but overall in pretty good shape. Drove a Jeep Willys edition and never needed 4wd.

off road driving
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

My Subaru Forester made it!! Take it very slow on West side!

off road driving
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Scenic road over the Mosquito Range from south of Fairplay,to the south of Leadville. Also a good place to take fall aspens.

camping
Monday, May 27, 2013

Easy hike into the valley from a fairly busy 4wheel rec area. Some nice panoramic views of collegiate peaks. Not the most scenic area, particularly in early spring before the aspens have bloomed, but once you get into the wilderness area it is very isolated and we weren't sharing the valley with anyone overnight.

camping
Sunday, March 17, 2013

Backpacking trip. Rich Creek TH, Rich Creek Trail with a bushwhack to Buffalo Peak West and bushwhack back down to Tumble Creek Trail.

Very nice hikes. Long views of the Collegiate and Sawatch ranges to the west and south. Long views of South Park to the east. Open meadows and evergreen forests. Interesting geology and minerals can be found.

Strenuous hikes higher up with bushwhacking, but Rich Creek and Tumble Creek are moderate. Light crowds down low on a holiday weekend, no one up high.

off road driving
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A light trail that is great for beginners and light SUV's, Not as much dispersed camping as I expected but some below the pass. There are great views on both sides of the past as well as at the pass. at one point just past the pass on the west side there is a 4x4 trail that goes up to an old gold mine, this is a bit more challenging trail that requires a little more expertise and high clearance.

off road driving
Saturday, June 16, 2012

We drove this trail in a Toyota FJ. As the guidebook says, the east side did not require 4 wheel drive but the west side was a little rougher although easy by off-road standards. We really enjoyed this drive as the road follows water most of the way. There were numerous beaver damns and some great mountain views. The primitive campground toward the beginning of trail looked very nice right along the river. We would definitely drive this road again and consider camping somewhere along the way.

off road driving
9 months ago

Sunday, May 28, 2017

hiking
Saturday, June 04, 2016