Buffalo Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.4 miElevation gain3,008 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Megan Bornhauser
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Could only go about 1.5 miles out but still beautiful views!

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Andrew Perez
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Laura Podewils
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Hiking

Nicely packed trail-until it wasn’t! I only made it up about 2 miles with microspikes which was the end of any visible trail. I decided to take a big loop after that around Gore Trail and Mesa Cortina for a great day out!

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David Guignard
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Good packed surface,micro spikes and poles very handy on steeper sections .

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Kevin Holkeboer
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Johnathan Glissand
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Hiking

Very tough trail, but also one of the most beautiful I’ve ever been on. I got a very late start because I was hiking with some friends who are late sleepers. We ended up getting on the trail at about 10:30. Surprisingly though the peak was pretty much empty. I guess coming in the afternoon worked out. On the way down, there’s a big boulder field where we actually hiked with some mountain goats which was awesome.

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Aaron Berry
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Hiking

Great trail, easy to follow and steady gain for the first half of the trail with some great views in sections where the forest opens up. If you plan on summiting you definitely need snow shoes right now. It gets extremely steep and narrow, snow up to your waist with some avalanche risk in areas. Definitely be aware and have avalanche essentials if you plan on going to the top. Will be back in the summer to do again!

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Eric Chen
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Hiking

Beautifully snowy. Switchbacks were a little tricky in the snow

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Juan Angel
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Fun little hike, the run back was easy and easily manageable. Bring your pups, they’ll love it!

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G Logs
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Beautiful snowy trail today after the snowfall yesterday. You’ll have to get past some fallen trees initially. Went on snowshoes in very deep powdery snow, though it was more packed on our way down. Trail is a bit mixed up starting from the road due to the snow, but easy to follow once in the woods. Went past the cabin where the trees thinned out and found the beautiful views. Snowshoes a must at that point! Got into very deep snow up a narrow steep trail. Did not summit but certainly could have kept going with the snowshoes.

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Rick Klinger
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Hiking

Trail was hard to follow due to fresh snow but we were able to make do. Wading in snow starting ankle deep up to waist deep near the tree line. Wasn’t able to make it past the tree line due to wind/snow. Overall very fun and and challenging hike!

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Jack Rotile
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HikingIcySnow

Boulder field was covered in snow and very challenging. Cairns were easy to follow but it is very easy to slip/fall because of snowy conditions.

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Victoria Camilleri
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too snowy and windy to get over the boulder field on 11/10. made it 2 miles before turning around.

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Melissa S
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11/7 started at 7:30am for an early summit. Icy in the woods, recommend spikes. Many were going without spikes later in day which didn't look fun. Climb is no joke at boulder field and beyond. Took two hard falls. Once at the summit, I don't recommend crossing over to the "other" summit unless you are experienced, trust your shoe traction, and aren't alone. There is very little margin for error when climbing that section. 4 moose at the start of the trail and 3 goats towards summit. Once the snow hits, I would stop at the boulder field.

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Jake Bones
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Hiking

Awesome trail for views this late in the year. Gets icy in the forest and boulder field is no joke.

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April Morgan
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Kelsey Elizabeth
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Trail was definitely challenging but the views at the top were well worth it. I was happy I brought my ice spikes—a decent chunk of the trail is now packed down snow with some icy spots. I brought my dog, a German Shepherd who is used to tough hikes, but use caution when bringing your pup! The boulder field can be a little tricky. Like others have said, keep an eye out for the cairns (rock stacks) which start on the right when the trail meets the boulder field. It took us about 5 1/2 hours in total with some breaks included in there.

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David Guignard
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Hiking

Not too much ice on the trail mostly snow and dirt.

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David Guignard
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Snow covered but easy to follow.

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Anna C.
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We really liked this trail because it was extremely scenic and had mostly clear defined paths. Unfortunately there were a few areas where the fires had effected at the trail head, but it was nice to see that most of the mountain/trail was in tact! We went on 10/23 and it was a great sunny day with minimal foot traffic! The hardest part was the 1st set of rocks and then the rocks as you are reaching the last mile of the trail approaching the summit. You WILL have to Boulder a bit butttt I will say, if you follow the small rock cluster markers you will see that they actually map out the safest and quickest route to get to the top! The rock clusters are just a few piles of rocks (don’t worry you will know what I’m talking about when you get there!) All in all I would recommend the trail but climbing the summit, please be advised that I would NOT recommend for children.

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Mario Ascoli
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This is a hard trail for a number of reasons. First, in the beginning, there are a lot of fallen trees that you have to walk over or around. Second, the slope is pretty constant and consistently steep (about 3000 ft elevation gain/loss in 3 miles or so). Third, you have to scramble over a boulder field for about half a mile or so. Fourth, and last, after the boulder field, you still have a mile or so to go before you get to the summit. I found the boulder field to be somewhat challenging but it is better if you are able to find and follow the cairns. These mark a few switchbacks and there were somewhat hard to find. If you look at my recording I followed the trail mostly on the way down. On the way up I kind of follow my own trail for a bit. The views at the top are great. If you look north and west you can see Buffalo Pass and Eccles Pass. Before that, however, the only views are to the south and there you can see mostly the I70 corridor. I give this trail a high rating for the workout and for the views at the top but a low rating for maintenance and bang for the buck as you go up. I did see a mountain goat at the summit and I had to stop a few feet short of it because the goat did not appear to be interested in having company. Lastly, the directions to the trailhead written here are wrong. Just follow Ryan Gulch all the way up until you see a small parking area on the left of the road. This parking area fills quickly because it also serves a trailhead for the Lilly Pad trail.

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dippy wilson
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Hiking

Take this trail early in the morning

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Eric Chen
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There were a number of freshly downed trees in the trail. If you’re thinking of hiking this trail, I’d strongly suggest checking the wind forecast first. If there will be high wind gusts, definitely think twice about hiking this trail at that time.

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Leela M
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Hiked 10/20/2020. Tough trail but certainly doable. Some parts of the trail were blocked by fallen trees but there are workarounds so you can keep going, follow the wood chips or use the trees as balance beams! We made it just over halfway to the top before turning back. Great hike!

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Michelle McQuien
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HikingRockyWashed out

Heads up there has been a recent landslide about a mile up the trail - lots of downed trees and we couldn’t find where the trail picked back up again. Wish we could have made it, it looked like an awesome trek!

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