Final Buffalo Creek "black diamond" trail building weekend 2009

Calling all mountain bikers: please join us for our final trail building weekend of the season as we continue to construct a sustainable designed-for-mountain-bike trail with advanced features in Buffalo Creek...

The quick and dirty:

  • With two successful weekends behind us, this will be our final trail building weekend of the season for work on a new purpose built "black diamond" level mountain bike trail in the Buffalo Creek area of the Pike National Forest.
  • You are invited to join COMBA and the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew on August 13th for a free Trailbuilding School. Learn how to build sustainable singletrack and be trained as a volunteer crew leader!
  • The Trail Care Crew will also join us for the Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th at the Miller Gulch trailhead to train and assist volunteers throughout the trail building weekend.
  • Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on two different projects. The first project will reroute a section of the Homestead trail, which runs through environmentally sensitive and degrading terrain, by extending Charlie's Cut-off.
  • The second project will be building advanced features like drops, steep rollers, wall rides on our new "black diamond" level trail.
  • Following or work on Saturday, COMBA will be hosting a group ride and party for volunteers. Food and beer will be provided that evening and everyone is encouraged to camp and Miller Gulch on Saturday night.
  • To attend the trail building workshop and/or the trail building weekend, please RSVP at:

The Story:

This project has been a decade in the making. Construction of this new trail is sponsored by the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) and will be built in partnership with the US Forest Service (USFS), Front Range Mountain Bike Patrol (FRMBP), International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, and local bike retailers and manufacturers -- but Keith Clarke and Stu Miller of the FRMBP, Scott Dollus of the South Platte Ranger District of the USFS, and local mountain bike author Tom "Barn" Barnhart deserve special praise their 10 years of work which happened before a tool ever dug into dirt.

This trail will have advanced features like drops, steep rollers, wall rides and other technical problems which utilize the unique local terrain found in Buffalo Creek. Alternate lines will be built around the advanced features to make the trail accessible to a wide audience of experienced mountain bikers.

Our aim is to create a great trail to ride, but also a trail which demonstrates how an advanced mountain bike trail can be built sustainably on public land through volunteer effort and in partnership with local land managers. We hope this project will build a new community of IMBA educated trail builders in the Front Range. Be sure to join us August 13th for a free TCC Trailbuilding School.

This is an unprecedented opportunity to build a new advanced trail on public land in the Front Range, but the project will not succeed without your help. Don't miss out on your last chance to become involved in this project in 2009 by RSVP'ing at:

For More Information:

Please visit and view a gallery of the terrain we will be working on. If you have questions feel free to email

Jason Bertolacci
Colorado Mountain Bike Association