Old Buzzard Roost Road

Total Miles
3.9

Elevation

886.16 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Fall, Summer

Trail Overview

Old Buzzard Roost Road is a nice adventure just a few miles from the interstate. You'll travel under the shadow of Mt. Sterling as you cross a few creeks and traverse switchbacks until you reach the top of the ridgeline and intersect with the Buzzard Roost Road. Initially, the route is mild gravel with only one easy water crossing to add some variety. After a couple of miles you'll find that it transitions to a rockier dirt track with some rutted sections. A stock 4WD vehicle should be fine with a spotter in dry conditions, but the clay and sand can become more difficult to navigate after rains. Be sure it air down for grip on the round rock sections. Cell service is almost nonexistent on the majority of this route.

Photos of Old Buzzard Roost Road

Old Buzzard Roost Road
Old Buzzard Roost Road
Old Buzzard Roost Road

Difficulty

There are very few places to pass vehicles once you get into the harder parts. The rocks are mostly rounded and combined with the clay sections portions of the trail can get really slick after a rain.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Christopher Lopez
Apr 27, 2024
2001 Toyota Sequoia
Open
Muddy/Wet
Rough/Deteriorated
Bottomed out a few times coming into trail from west to east. Definitely need 10 inches or more of ground clearance and even then that almost wasn’t enough. Had a lot of fun but almost tipped over and could’ve easy had a bad day.
Aaron Fritts
Apr 12, 2024
2011 Ford Expedition
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Large potion of trail was washed from recent rain making it impassible in anything but I modified jeep.
Ted Ryan
Apr 05, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Miles Buell
Apr 01, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Drove the trail in my Tundra TRD Pro with 33” tires without any issues. One area is rutted up pretty deep compared to some videos you see on the internet. Pick the right line and you shouldn’t have any issues. Trail was mostly dry with a couple mud holes. Nice little challenge for a family in a full size truck today.

Access Description

Take the Waterville Exit off of I40 E and then head towards the Big Creek Rangers Station. Just before the rangers station turn up Mt. Sterling Rd. and it will turn into Forest Rd. 288. That's Old Buzzard Roost Rd.

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