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Buffalo Mountain Trail is a 7.4 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.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 3,149 ft Route type Out & Back
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Kim Freitas
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HikingRockyScramble

Turned around after I got stuck / lost in the boulder field, was having a good time while the trail was in the woods!

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Jon Hill
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Hiking

Great views to the north, smoky to the south. The boulder field was really well marked. The cairns were pretty easy to follow and the switchbacks were pretty long and not to steep.

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Madeleine Buxton
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Hiking

Hiked on 9/15/20. Got to the trailhead around 7:40 with only a couple spots left in the parking lot and started about 8:15. First impressions are the elevation gain. Very flat at first but immediately shoots up starting around half a mile. Completed this with my mom (late 50s, from sea level) and she had little to no problems. Though, she runs marathons so take that with a grain of salt. The boulder field is no joke - brush up on your cairns -finding ability because sometimes they were difficult to see. The decent was probably worse though. Very steep and not for the faint-of-heart if you have an extreme fear of heights. The views from the top are well worth the ascent, and we had a view of awesome fall colors the whole hike. On this weekend we only saw 10-15 people the whole time (on a Saturday) so that was pretty great. HIGHLY recommended, just come with your knees prepared!

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bryan nuber
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Did this on Sept 15th, gorgeous day for it, not many clouds. I'm not sure how they got 5.4 miles, we tagged it 9-10, and it felt like it. It's a climb, and plenty of scrambling. My wife would rate it a 1 star because of the boulder field, but she doesn't like scrambling. Very nice views of the back of Eagles Nest wilderness, gore lake, Dillon, ten mile range, Copper. It was cool, tough on the knees. I'm glad I got to check it off. Not a casual hike, not for the faint of heart. Tougher than Bierstadt I think.

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Olesya R.
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HikingRocky
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Nathan Ramirez
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HikingSnowWashed out

Great hike, pretty muddy trail that kind of disappears at the boulder fields but picks back up towards the top. Definitely a mentally challenging one, but very rewarding. Took 2 hours to get up and an hour down.

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Megan Grothman
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HikingMuddyScrambleSnow

This was a great trail! Limited parking at the trailhead, but there were a couple spots when I arrived! I had AT&T cell service the whole hike. We almost made it to the top but my dogs gave up mid way through the boulder field. I’ll have to go without them and finish soon. It was an awesome hike!

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Laura Burke
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Fun scramble with beautiful view!

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Ellyse Varone
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HikingScramble

Dope views!

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David Guignard
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Hiking

I planned to only do part of the trail to check it out for a possible summit next week. Went a little ways past where the rocky switchbacks start where a lot of hikers with dogs turn back. Great views of Dillon reservoir.

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Dan Gillard
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A bit of a scramble towards the end but really amazing views and a feeling of accomplishment at the top.

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Shane Carter
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Hiking

Gorgeous HIKE, not a stroll. Can and will test your mental and physical strength if you arent prepared. Very gradual as you start, but you're quickly met with an uphill battle. Once you get to the bouldering and even further, the trail was a tad hard to spot due to the snow I'm sure. Keep your eyes out for all the rock-stackings you can find. Once at the top, the lightly snowy peaks are gorgeous. Still not too cold, a light jacket for wind cover should be all you need atm. Seasons changing quickly! Remember, it's a marathon not a sprint and nothing worth it ever comes easy! Happy hiking friends.

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Zuzana Morales
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HikingRockyScramble

This trail will test your endurance, and mental toughness for sure. It is more around 8-9miles roundtrip. Constant uphill scrambling pretty much the whole way (except the very bottom part). I would not attempt if you are out of shape. There were no goats on 09/06, but the views were worth it. Start early. There were lots of people attempting to go up by 11-12 when we were already almost down, but almost nobody if you start at 6 am or earlier.

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Brad Walsh
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Hiking

Love this trail!!

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Andrea Wu
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Hiking

Wow this hike! We started at around 10AM on Monday (Labor Day Weekend), and the parking lot was full. The hike went steadily uphill, and the boulder field was a great challenge but fun. The cairns are a bit difficult to spot sometimes, but I wasn't too bothered by them and climbed upward in any way I saw fit. It was really fun! The weather was perfectly sunny and no clouds, although the top of the boulder field was quite windy. The top of the boulder field is also a false summit, and afterward there's a bit more up to go. That's when it got really windy, and the top of Buffalo Mountain is beautiful. It's great to be able to see Dillon, but the backside of the mountain range is, in my opinion, the highlight. It was a great climb up and definitely worth it! I got up in a little under 2.5 hours, and we chilled up there for a while before going down which was significantly faster. The hike is a challenge but the views are worth it!

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Jack Dupay
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Hiking

it's a nice challenging hike! definitely make sure your shoes have grip because there is a lot of "scrambling" up rocks/etc. it's worth the push though! especially once you're past the tree-line. everything opens up. also this trail is not a busy one, which is wonderful. :)

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Quinn Roussel
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Hiking

Finally!

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Janna Rockwell
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Hiking

Fun, great views

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wieslaw wierzbicki
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HikingGreat!
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