Davis Meadows

Buena Vista

Salida

This faint singletrack trail runs through a remote zone right on the border of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
14 km
Ascent
494 m
Descent
495 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
Davis Meadows Map

The Davis Meadows trail is a faint, little-used singletrack that is worthy of much more traffic than this remote trail receives. Running along the border of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, it’s difficult for a bike-legal trail to get more remote than this!

Description

The singletrack begins as a flowy line through grassy ground surrounded by aspens. Quickly the trail gets more difficult, with steep rock rolls mixed in, or the option to down climb on a rickety wooden ladder.

Around the halfway point in the singletrack, the trail crosses a stream and passes through a small group of ancient, abandoned cabins from the mining days of yore.

The final stretch of the trail gets much drier and rockier, ending in a technical rock-filled descent across the mountainside. Boulders, babyheads, and ledge drops combine to create a tough descent—a radical departure from the rest of the trail.

While the return pedal on the dirt road isn’t great, the views of the Fourmile Travel Management Area are stunning, and you’ll get a feel for just how far out in the middle of nowhere you actually are!

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Drops
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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