The Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA) is pleased to announce the official opening of a new five and a half mile section of trail in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area of the Pike National Forest. Built by a collaborative effort of COMBA volunteers in partnership with professional trail builders, the new Little Scraggy East Trail connects the Colorado Trail to Kelsey Campground opening the southern reaches of Buffalo Creek area previously inaccessible to mountain bikers and other trail users.
On Friday, September 12th, thirty hearty volunteers from OppenheimerFunds and COMBA awoke to cold and snowy weather. With tools and hot drinks in hand, they braved the elements for the sole purpose of finishing the last half a mile of trail on the east side of Little Scraggy Peak. Thus capped a one year and one week construction effort during which COMBA and our partners completed the .75 mile Kelsey Campground Loop Trail and 5.5 miles of the east side of Little Scraggy Trail.
Nearly four years in planning, the effort totaled 3,800 hours of labor – a value of $95,380 – donated by COMBA volunteers to the US Forest Service. COMBA would like to thank ALL the volunteers that have helped throughout the project – including the good folks at Trek Bicycles, REI, OppenheimerFunds, Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Denver Beer Company, TRVE Brewing and the International Mountain Bicycling Association – and our hard working partners at the South Platte Ranger District of the Pike National Forest. Project leaders Keith Clarke and Paul Brown deserve a special “Thank You” for their work on this new trail.
Little Scraggy East Trail can be accessed from the Little Scraggy Parking lot at the corner of CO Highway 126 and Forest Service Road 550 south of Buffalo Creek, CO. The Little Scraggy West Trail construction will begin in 2015. The addition of the west trail will complete a southern loop around Little Scraggy Peak. Now get out there and ride, or run, or hike the trail and stay tuned to COMBA.org for future trail projects.
The Colorado Mountain Bike Association is dedicated to the development and preservation of great mountain biking experiences to improve the health, environment and economy of Colorado. COMBA is a Colorado non-profit organization and chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
A video on the project, produced by Trek Bicycles and Wheat Ridge Cyclery, can be found at: