Buffalo Meadows Loop
The Buffalo Meadows Loop is a somewhat long but very pleasant day hike that will take you through an interesting variety of mountain ecosystems. The route starts at the South Fork of the South Platte River and follows Rich Creek, a smaller tributary, to its headwaters. It then crosses a gentle alpine pass and drops down into the wide grassy valley known as Buffalo Meadows. From there the trail follows the Rough and Tumbling Creek down into a gorgeous riparian area that includes numerous beaver dams and lodges. Finally, the trail climbs up over the ridge that separates Rough and Tumbling Creek from the South Fork South Platte and returns to the trailhead.
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Directions to: Buffalo Meadows Loopprint directions
Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||1,900 ft|
|Skill Level||Well marked, easy to follow.|
|Season||Midsummer through mid-fall. The higher parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from November through early July.|
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