Explore the most popular forest trails near Fairplay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 months ago

I listened to the advice and went counter clockwise on 9/30/17. It was the tail end of aspen season and the landscape was pretty boring for 10 miles. We were very disappointed in the hike. At 10 miles we hit “the view” which was 2 miles from the trailhead and only looking back. I recommend just going left from the Rich Creek Trailhead and walking out 3 miles so you get to stare at the pretty view the whole time and turning this into a nice 6 mile hike. It has TONS of aspens so go during high season here to avoid the Kenosha crowd.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Outstanding hike. Beautiful scenery, including flaming aspens. Highly recommend.

off road driving
8 months ago

Easy trail and a good views

A great trail, nice stream along most of the walk, lots of beautiful wildflowers, good views, and a nice spot to stop and have lunch by a little waterfall. smelled the dead horse mentioned in another review but never saw it. all in all very nice trail.

backpacking
8 months ago

We just went for a one nighter on the 19th and 20th. The trail was awesome and we still got to see a good amount of wildflowers. I had a newbie backpacker with us and I'd say the hiking was a bit harder for him than expected. We went counterclockwise and the last bit of major ups and downs were tough. There was a lot of access to water, dead and down firewood to use, and the trail remained obvious throughout the loop. I'd say we ran into a max of 8-10 people on the trail too. All in all, beautiful country and an awesome hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail to hike and we saw lots of people camping. There are beaver dams along the river and tons of picturesque views. Definitely take a camera, water and maybe a snack if you are not camping. Took us about 5 hours with stopping to take a lot of pictures.

hiking
9 months ago

I summited this mountain today and I still don't know where the trailhead is. I know for a fact that it isn't where this app is telling you to go. I drove into Fairplay, turned on 4th st, followed national forrest access signs along Beaver lane, you'll come to a cattle gate that isn't locked, open it and make sure to close it behind you, up FS 659 until it ends. Now the tricky part is that there is no trail here. I walked off trail up to the ridgeline then to the summit. Wasn't too bad. I definitely saw a trail at points but nothing that was marked or even well defined. Took 2-3ish hours up. Wouldn't really recommend for the average individual. One pro is that you'll be by yourself out there cause the trailhead is so hard to find. I did have a great time, just feel like this isn't what most people are looking for. Maybe someone else knows exactly where the trailhead is?

hiking
9 months ago

There's no trail head here. Parked on Hwy 9 and walked across. The trail is barely marked u til it fades away. Abandoned shed with blankets, cans, flashlights about .25 miles in. Generally creepy. I'm sure there's another silverheels trailhead but the one on the AllTrails app is not it.

backpacking
9 months ago

This was an awesome first backpacking trip for my wife and our friends! Beautiful views and great camping. Lots of access to water too.

off road driving
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Lots of water access. Crossings were easy late July. Dogs got a bit muddy but well defined trail. A few steeps, but not tough. I only did 3.5 miles in and back.

Amazing historical site!

backpacking
10 months ago

Did this trail this past weekend and LOVED it. Started on Rich Creek trail and hiked the loop counter clockwise (as recommended) and it was perfect. beautiful scenery, easy to follow trail, woods, meadows, and wild flowers galore. Camped around mile 6-7 out on a hill overlooking the meadows, but with plenty of shelter from the trees. Was lucky enough to see Elk and deer in the early evening and Moose romping through the ponds in the morning. Saw a few people early on Rich Creek Trail but after mile 3 we had the trail and any camp site of our choosing all to ourselves. Continue to have the trail to ourself until a few miles in the next morning. Plenty of Water flowing through the creek so bring a water filter and enjoy clean cold water to drink throughout the whole trail.

backpacking
10 months ago

Really nice trail, some hard spots to go up with 40lbs on your back, but also some easy spots in between. Great camp spots along the way make it easy to break up into 4 mile hikes. Did 2 nights, one in a valley in the open and the other in a rocky area along a stream under coverage.

backpacking
10 months ago

Seems like the area has dried out a bit, since last reviewer. I was able to make all water crossings without getting my feet wet at all. Spring flowers are out at the moment too.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic hike. Beautiful and doable. Unfortunately we found a dead, jet black horse in the creek 1.5 miles into our hike.

hiking
11 months ago

backpacking
11 months ago

Did the loop this weekend. It is a good trail with lots of nice views. A couple of things though; when you get to the trail head there are no signs that say Buffalo Peaks Loop. The west half of the trail is Rich Creek trail 616. The east half is Tumble Creek Trail 617. It took me going back and forth on the map and the signs a couple of times to figure this out. So if you go counter clockwise like I did, you will be starting on Rich Creek Trail 616. Also the trail head and where Tumble Creek Trail 617 meets Lynch Creek are flooded out. I would suggest waterproof boots and being prepared to get a little muddy. There is a part on the south side of the loop along Tumble Creek Trail 617 that you have to cross the creek. There is a SINGLE log about 6 inches in diameter that has been flattened on the top to cross. The log is starting to rot and was pretty sketchy to cross. Plus the creek at that point is flowing pretty fast and there are a ton of boulders. If you were to go in the water here with a pack on it would not be a good day for you. My roommate had his dog and she refused to cross that SINGLE log. He had to pick her up and carry her across. If that 70lbs dog had started to wiggle they would have fallen the 5 or 6 feet into the creek on those boulders. I would say when the snow is melting and the creek is really flowing find another place to cross. I am not a big backpacker but even with a fully loaded pack I could have easily have done the loop in a day. Overall, would love to do it again later in the season so hopefully those parts mentioned would not be flooded out.

hiking
11 months ago

We are from Texas, and have acclimated to the altitude for two days. It wasn't a difficult hike as far as elevation or footing, but the trail was covered with snow within probably a mile of meeting the trail it makes a loop with. Unfortunately, since we didn't have any show shoes, we tried to go deeper into the Forrest ,but after half an hour decided to quit and turn back around. Overall it was a nice trail but next time I would definitely consider a trail with a more climactic goal.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Hiked and camped this in 2004. Was able grab the west peak as well. Highly recommend.

hiking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

We did this as a day trip. It took us five hours to hike the loop counter clockwise. Counter clockwise allows for a more gradual elevation gain. There were great fall colors particularly between miles 7 and 10 (if done counter clockwise), where you can look up the valley at the Mosquito range and there are a lot of aspens. When done as a day trip, 11.6 miles can be a bit long, although the trail is quite flat for long sections, particularly on the backside of the loop. Overall this is a great hike with minimal crowds and great views particularly in the fall. Would make a great trail run!

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Came into the middle of the trail and really enjoyed the forest especially with the fall colors

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Good for first time backpacking with high school students.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Did this yesterday and hit Lincoln, Cameron, and Bross!!! Hiked in from Crest Drive in Quartsville and made a loop. Was about 13 miles but amazing!!! Up to Mt. Lincoln from this way we saw nobody and there were only three cars in the lot! Not well know trail head but we found it! We didn't see anyone on the way down either!!! Amazing back road way to hit this popular 14er trail!

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Road to trail is rocky but made it fine in a car, took it slow. People were camping along different spots of the trail. I went counterclockwise and it took me less than 4:30 hours to hike the entire loop with my breaks included. Perfect half day hike after a 2 hour drive with minimal crowds. The trail is next to creeks most of the way with lots of great views. The sun or storms will get you when in the top meadow, in between the two creeks.

backpacking
Monday, August 01, 2016

You definitely want to do this loop counter clockwise! 12miles in 2 days can be long if you carry gear. We pitched our tent at 5.8 miles but you have better spots coming up if you keep going for another half mile to a mile.

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.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Although we didn't have time to complete the entire trail we hiked over 2.5 hours. It was absolutely beautiful and I want to go back next year. Another hiker stated we just missed a female moose and two calves. The stream provided a soothing sound as we winded up the mountain. Can't wait to get back.

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