- 11.3 miles
- 6 - 7 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 10000 feet
- Summer to Fall
The Rough and Tumbling Trail gives you access into the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Area.
Note: Mountain bikes may only be ridden between the #617 / #618 intersection and the Rich Creek Trailhead. The 11 mile loop formed by the Rich Creek Trail #616 and the Rough and Tumbling Creek Trail #617 from Buffalo Meadows to the Rich Creek Trailhead is an excellent long day hike or a short backpack trip. It accesses Buffalo Peaks and good fishing.
Potable water is available at the Weston Pass Campground. Backcountry water is available in Tumble and Fourmile Creeks.
There are three ways to access this trail. The easiest way is off the Weston Pass Road 22. Parking is available here. Cross the stream at the footbridge and follow the trail to the left and up a hill.
Another way to access this trail is off of FDR 431. Continue to end of the road. This road has been barricaded closed. Begin hiking the closed jeep road. Trail # 618. At the junction of Rough and Tumbling Creek and the trail, you can hike either left or right. This is Rough and Tumbling Trail. Finally, there is access from the Fourmile Trailhead. Follow County Road 371 north from Buena Vista. Turn east onto County / Forest Road 375 and continue until road dead ends.