Salt Creek Trail

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Salt Creek Trail provides access into Buffalo Peaks Wilderness and parts of the trail are also located outside of the Wilderness area.  Because of this, it’s available for a variety of uses such as quiet backcountry hiking as well as mountain biking.

Be sure you are aware of which part of the trail you are on, so that you don’t violate any rules that govern the use of wilderness areas, such as no mountain biking.

Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply within Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Fairplay, Colorado
Water: Treat all non-potable water before consuming.
Restroom: No
Information Center: South Park Ranger District


This trail is open year round; however, access will be difficult during the winter months.

Access to the Salt Creek Trail in Pike National Forest can be made at:

  • North Salt Creek Trailhead
  • Buffalo Peaks Trailhead
  • Lynch Creek Trailhead

Mountain Biking

Be aware which part of Salt Creek Trail you are riding on.  Mountain biking is prohibited within Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.


  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 393400N
  • Compass Longitude: 1064007W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.5666522
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.6686459
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