Rich Creek Trailhead provides access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted within wilderness boundaries. This is a great starting and/or ending point for a backpacking trip. Access to several routes including Rough and Tumbling Creek, Rich Creek and Fourmile Creek Trails make loop hikes possible.
Water is available at the Weston Pass Campground and places in the backcountry. Check with the South Park Ranger District to verify water sources and trail conditions. Rough & Tumbling and Rich Creeks within the wilderness area offer fishing. In general, the terrain around Buffalo Peaks is moderately difficult. Cross-country travel is relatively easy, including bagging the peaks.
Directions from Weston Pass Road: The easiest access to Rich Creek Trail is from Forest Developed Road 425. Approximately one mile southeast of the Weston Pass Campground on Weston Pass Road is a trailhead for Rich Creek and Rough & Tumbling Creek Trails. Park in the lot provided, cross the stream on the footbridge and follow the trail to the right (up stream).
Directions from Weston Pass Campground: Walk south from the campground on Ridgeview Trail, 656. After walking approximately .75 miles the trail will fork. Take the right fork, which will lead you to Rich Creek Trail.
Late May through Mid-October .