Rough and Tumbling Trail provides access to the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area. Mechanized and motorized travel is not permitted on this or any other trail within a wilderness area. The trail is 11.3 miles long from Rich Creek Trailhead to Fourmile Trailhead. Good fishing may be found along Fourmile and Rough and Tumble Creeks in still and flowing water.
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Scenic vistas abound in the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area
This is a good trail for backpacking as it links with Salt Creek and Rich Creek Trails to form long loops. The Rich Creek Trail loop is 11.5 miles round trip and the Salt Creek Trail loop is 25.7 miles. Water is available at the Weston Pass Campground and in the backcountry. It is always a good idea to check in with the South Park Rangers, before beginning a backpacking trip, to find out where you'll find the best water sources.
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 left.
Directions from Buena Vista: Drive north out of town on County Road 371. Follow this for approximately 2 miles to County Road 377, which forks to the right. Drive almost 6 miles to the second road to the right, County Road 375. Take the right fork on to 375 and travel about 2 miles to the Fourmile Trailhead.
Late May through Mid-October .