Buck Gulch Trail Loop

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Buck Gulch Trail Loop is a 11.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pine, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,699 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Open year around but snow can be a limiting factor.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day in October to hike with dog. No snow, warm. Trails are marked well;however, be alert as there are some trail projects going on and divert you. Revegetation going on as well in some places.
Bicyclists also use trail so don’t zone out with the landscape.

5 months ago

Started at Pine Valley Ranch Park took Buck Gulch out to connect to The Skipper, then connected to the Homestead Trail/Charles Cutoff loop, and made my way back via Strawberry Jack Trail and Park View Trail. Gorgeous views! Quite a bit of the hike is through the burn area from the Buffalo Creek Fire of 1996, so very warm-lots of sun exposure due to minimal tree cover. Bring more water than you normally do if you do the full 2 loops. Also, if you have a pup, bring double water for them as there is only 1 small stream. Did find a random water tank on the Strawberry Trail that was there courtesy ‘neighborly equestrians’. Very thankful as I could scoop water to cool off my dog! Also found huge bunches of raspberry bushes after turning onto The Skipper Trail. Lastly, I don’t think the ‘Getting There’ directions quite match the GPS coordinates and the map of the trail route on the app? I followed the GPS and that led me to Pine Valley Ranch Park which is a nice JCOS Park.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike with beautiful scenery! Not highly trafficked. Good trail for dogs. River at the base/bottom is a great place to cool down.

hiking
9 months ago

Created our own loop that wound up at about 8 miles. Overall nice hike mostly through pine forest with some long stretches through an old forest fire. These stretches do make you very exposed to the elements, especially with the sun beating down on you. Very well maintained trail. Watch out for lots of bikes. Some views of Mount Evans throughout. It was fairly quiet today but I can imagine that this trail get very crowded in the spring and summer.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Rode my class 1 e-MTB on this trail from the parking lot at Pine Valley Ranch. The trail starts with a long hill climb, which was made much easier with pedal assist. Then connected to the Strawberry Jack trail for the mostly downhill return. It was a fun ride and thanks to Jeffco Open Space for initiating the 1 year trial period for class 1 e-mtb use on all of their trails beginning February 21st, 2018. Hopefully this will be a permanent change.

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

really nice trails, well kept. sweet single track. i would recommend this hike.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Arrived around 9am, and there were very few people on the trail. Wild raspberries everywhere right now, and lots of wildflowers. The trail was well-maintained and not very challenging.

mountain biking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Two more successful trail days at Buff Creek are in the record books. The groups from Oppenheimer Funds, Newmedia Denver and COMBA braved the warmer than usual weekend weather to show some much needed love to the Buck Gulch and Strawberry Jack trails. Over a mile of both trails received the de-berm, drain and grade reversal treatment. Friday we had 20 crew members from Oppenheimer (thanks Bryan) and 5 from Newmedia Denver (thanks Jennifer) work the lower section of Strawberry Jack. On Sat. 7 hardy souls from COMBA took on Buck Gulch. It was not easy, but the badly eroded and yes, dangerous sections have been repaired. With today's rains the trails should be packed down and ready to enjoy. COMBA wants to thank all the dedicated, hard working volunteers that keep the trails we love safe and fun. Enjoy everyone.

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

This trail was a decent way to spend an afternoon and a great hike/walk to start off a summer of exploring. We started in Pinegrove. There is a restroom and a lot of parking space. Great experience all around. There are rivers, streams, and covered eating areas making this a great location for a pre-hike picnic!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Phenomenal trail with cool views of the Hayma burn scar, Cathedral Spires, and the South Platte. A good half day trek with some substantial elevation gain. I started at Pine Valley Ranch and took the Strawberry Jack trail to the homestead trail and looped back on the Buck Gulch trail; highly recommended.

Monday, July 21, 2014

You can access this trail from County Road 68 leading to the 550 trail just east of Wellington Lake. I would recommend you use the Pine Valley Ranch TH otherwise you will start at the top which means you have to climb up hill to get back home. The views are awesome, the fishing you will encounter along the North Fork of the South Platte is awesome, wildlife is abundant even through the Hayman burn area and I highly recommend this trail!!

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 04, 2014

I will definitely do this trail more often and explore some trails branching of! The incline isn't too bad and the way back down is super fun jumping over the little rollers.
What sometimes was difficult was the loose gravel "washing" your wheels and throws you off balance. Of course it takes practice in general but it makes the incline a little more tricky.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 16, 2012

Great Trail you can start off at the Pine Valley ranch and ride the narrow gauge trail to the Buck Gulch Trail. It starts off with a descent climb and then levels out at the top of the hill. And then you come to a junction and go to the left and its some nice cruising single track. ANd then you come to the junction with strawberry gulch and the homestead trail. I have only taken the Strawberry gulch trail back to pine valley ranch. But from homestead you can access the great buffalo creek trail network.

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