Bull Snake

One-way Distance: 0.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 6364 - 6448 feet
Cellphone: 2-4 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Buzzard Gulch
Fee: none
Attractions: Short connector

Bull Snake is part of the Buzzard Gulch Trails in the Dry Creek Recreation Area near Montrose, Colorado. The trail begins off of the Buzzard Gulch trail where it arches out across a sagebrush flat and reconnects to the Buzzard Gulch trail less than a half mile from where it first left it. Enroute it is connected to by the lower end of the Rusty Buckets trail.

This post begins at the upper end of Bull Snake at the 1.7 mile point of the Buzzard Gulch trail.

The trail starts out on a dirt singletrack as it works its way through some junipers.

With very little to slow it down in the way of rocks or other features the trail travels fast and smooth.

Right around the quarter mile point the Rusty Buckets trail branches off on the right.

Bull Snake makes a left hand turn after passing Rusty Buckets traveling parallel with Buzzard Gulch.

Out of all the Buzzard Gulch trails Bull Snake is probably the easiest.

The scenery in the background continually changes from the San Juan Mountains and Uncompahgre Wilderness to the south to the Grand Mesa further north.

As the route bends back around toward the Buzzard Gulch trail it finds a large sagebrush flat to travel across.

The Bull Snake trail reconnects with Buzzard Gulch around the 1.3 mile point from the trailhead. A map comes in handy to sort out the many options that there are in both directions. For us we dropped down Buzzard Gulch a short distance and picked up the Vulture Rim Loop to get back to the trailhead. As far as the Bull Snake trail goes it is a nice optional route to throw into the mix. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is grab your bike or 'Take a hike'.