Lynch Creek Trailhead

Lynch Creek Trailhead provides access to Buffalo Peaks Wilderness via the Rough and Tumbling Trail #617.  Hikers may also enjoy walking the Salt Creek Trail #618 which skirts the wilderness area boundary also making some sections acceptable for mountain bikers.

At a Glance

Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Fairplay, Colorado
Water: No
Restroom: No
Information Center: South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031

General Information


While this area is open to foot traffic year-round, the access roads are closed from January 1st - June 15th each year for elk calving.


From Fairplay travel south on US 285 for about 12 miles to Forest Road 431 and turn right.  Follow this road for seven miles miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.


Mountain Biking

Mountain biking may done on the segments of trail outside the wilderness area.

Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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