Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop 

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Bob Falcone
10 miles from US 285 and County Road 5, on the left side of County Road 22, is the trailhead. There is parking for maybe 10 or so cars.
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Informational kiosk next to the trailhead
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The kiosk features a map and regulations for the wilderness area
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The trail starts to the left of the kiosk by crossing the bridge. Not shown on the right of the sign is a equestrian trail crossing.
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A short distance after crossing the bridge is a sign directing cyclists to a bike-compatible route.
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A few hundred feet past the start of the trail the Tumble Creek Trail #617 meets the Rich Creek Trail #616. For this hike, stay on the #616 trail to do the loop counter-clockwise
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Rich Creek Trail follows it's namesake creek on a shady, tree-lined path.
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The trail passes a number of small waterfalls for about a half a mile before climbing away from the creek for a bit.
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At approximately 1 mile, cross Rich Creek at this makeshift bridge. It is easy to miss, but if you pass it, you'll soon realize you're on the wrong path.
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At about 1.25 miles the Ridgeview Trail meets the Rich Creek Trail. Stay on the Rich Creek/616 trail.
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At just under 2 miles the trail climbs steeply on a narrow, rocky section. At about 2.75 miles the trail breaks out to a long, wide meadow with great views to the east and south.
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The trail crosses a number of small streams as it goes through the meadow, and at about 4 miles it crosses Rich Creek. It can be easy to lose the trail here. Look for the cairn and follow the trail through bushes. The trail is hidden a bit, but becomes visible once past the bushes. Turn right.
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The trail re-enters the forest for a while, during which it hits the highest elevation of this hike. For the most part, this hike is on soft tread.
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At 6 miles the trail comes out of the forest, and into views of the expansive Buffalo Meadows. At about 6.5 miles, the Rich Creek Trail ends where it meets the Tumble Creek /#617 Trail. Bear left here, continuing on the Tumble Creek Trail.
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The Buffalo Meadows
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At abut 8 miles, after steep downhill switchbacks, the trail joins the Tumble Creek, near some waterfalls. About a quarter mile later the trail crosses Tumble Creek on some logs across the creek. At 9 miles, the trail exits the wilderness area. and trail 618 merges from the right. Bear left to continue on trail 617
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The trail opens up into a long narrow meadow and follows Tumble Creek. At about 10.5 miles the trail starts a steep uphill through a stand of dead aspens, and then drops down to where it meets the Rich Creek Trail.
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At just under 12 miles, when you reach this sign again, turn right onto the Rich Creek Trail to return to the trailhead and parking area.
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The Rich Creek/Tumble Creek Loop. This hike starts at the upper right of this map and goes counter-clockwise
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Bob Falcone
10 miles from US 285 and County Road 5, on the left side of County Road 22, is the trailhead. There is parking for maybe 10 or so cars.

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