Buffalo Ridge Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Designated trailhead with access to trails into Mount Zirkel Wilderness.  Parking at the trailhead is adequate provided parked vehicles are parked conservatively. Trail grade varies substantially and is quite steep in a few places. Water is scarce along the top of Buffalo Ridge and Davis Peak. Campsites are numerous along the trail, but there aren't any campsites on the road into the trailhead nor at the trailhead itself.  Good fishing is only available at Seven Lakes.  Horse forage is readily available. Good chance for observing elk in the area.  This trail lies within the Mt Zirkel Wilderness.  Please refer to the Wilderness Regulations. The wilderness is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles.  No developed facilities. Setting is managed forest area. Timberline is at approximately 10,500 feet elevation.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open
Fees Free
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Special restrictions in Mount Zirkel Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Walden, Colorado
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Directions from Walden: Head north on Hwy 125 for 9 miles to Cowdrey. Turn left at Coudrey onto County Road 6W traveling west for 19 miles passing Pearl. Turn left on County Road 6B. This road will turn into Forest Road 80. Drive approximately 2 1/2 miles to Forest Road 681. Turn right following Forest Road 80 approximately another 3 1/2 miles. Turn left on Forest Road 682. Follow Forest Road 682 for 2 miles to the Buffalo Ridge Trailhead.

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