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Buck Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Nucla, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 590 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly


mountain biking

My husband and I were horseback riding instead of hiking. Its Nov. so there was enough snow to make it interesting. We started at the 2nd Buck Trail trailhead and rode Parallel Trail to Forest Road 540 across from the Ranger's Guard cabin. We rode 540 to the Buck Trail trailhead by the cattleguard at the Uncompahgre National Forrest entrance. We rode Buck Trail on the Northwest side of 540 back to our trailer where we started. The only time we saw or heard anyone else was when we were on 540. There was a lot of downed trees across the trails but most have already been cleared from the trail. The ones still there were easy to get around with horses but it would not be hard for hikers either. We had a great ride and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have ridden Buck Trail before and even brought out of state friends to ride with us. We highly recommend this trail and will ride there again. Remember, if you are there during hunting season be sure to wear Blaze Orange.

10 months ago

If someone is looking for a quiet peaceful hike, I suggest you go somewhere else. There were too many noisy trail jbikes. Also it takes a long time to get to the actual trail.

8 months ago

Sun Aug 26 2018