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Awesome hike. Did feel the burning in the legs but well worth it. Trail was very well marked and easy to follow. My kiddos 7, 11,14 enjoyed it as well.

First time to use this app and hike this trail, so any bad comments that could be made are based on my inexperience. Trail was fun, challenging and very rewarding. We probably wouldn’t have made it to the falls if it wasn’t for experienced hikers keep telling us we are on the right trail. After thought, trail is well marked to make it to the falls. First timer! Keep walking you’ll get there and it will be well worth the effort.

Good hike, coming from NH it was easy to adjust to. The trail is easy to follow and there were only a few other hikers. Awesome view of Dillon!

3 days ago

We got up to the bench lookout point and figured we were almost to the top. After a little more walking we asked someone coming down how much farther we had to go and he said we still had about 4 miles left. We decided to then turn back around because we were not prepared for 12 miles of hiking. It was a beautiful hike but the description "3.9 miles out and back" is deceiving. It's 3.9 miles out and back if you stop and turn around at the bench lookout point. Having lived in Colorado for many years the lookout point wasn't too exciting. The rest of the hike was beautiful and a really easy day hike.

Beautiful hike right behind my home. Made it to the top the water was rushing and beautiful.

4 days ago

We hit the trail around 7:30pm and made Surprise lake just at dusk. Recommend starting earlier as the this section is pretty steep. Surprise is very pretty but the upper lake is pretty stunning.
However, busy season and there were campers everywhere. Campers clean up your toilet paper!
5 star beauty but busy, busy. Not a secluded mountain.
4 stars overall
Easy to hike the 5.7 miles out

Nice hike with great views of Dillon. Great hike to get yourself acclimated when coming from somewhere like Texas. Easy enough hike, but it does intersect with a few others so make sure you know which trail you’re on.

There are 3 ways to get to th falls, and this is the lowest mileage but ALOT of elevation changes due to abrupt downhill rocky trail near the beginning... not too fun walking up at end of hike.
Took us 3 1/2 hours total. which included about half hour at the falls.
Beautiful and worth it!

Nice trail and is easy to follow. It was a great 2 hour hike with breaks. The trail is quite narrow for most of the hike, so it may not be good for young children. There were hardly any other hikers so it was nice to have the trail pretty much to ourselves.

8 days ago

Worth the rocky first .5 mile by a long shot

10 days ago

Great hike basically right out of Silverthorne. This was early June, and we hit some snow about halfway up to the boulder field and ended up post-holing for a bit; we had skis on our back though (headed up to ski Silver Couloir) so didn't phase us. Beautiful views up top and a few mountain goats curiously greeted us near the top of the couloir. If you aren't used to boulder fields this hike can be difficult, though I wouldn't say it's especially so when compared to other similar trails. You also get a bit of a respite from the larger rocks and it mellows a bit once "cresting" the main steep section of the east face of the mountain. Ski down was terrific!

I’m not sure how these mountains are rated by difficulty, but I’d definitely consider it moderate. If you continue over the saddle to the other side, it gets a little more technical in terms of scrambling. Overall, really nice and calm hike. We started at 6am and had the entire mountain to ourselves until around 9:30. Still not a ton of people for such a prominent mountain in Summit County. Was expecting more hikers for sure. You get to walk through the eerie burn area, and can get a bird’s eye view of it from higher up. It’s insane how much burned and how quickly it was put out!

very good HIKE for those fit and ready to scramble at the top. 9.4 total miles. 5 hours total hiking time.

12 days ago

Amazing views will deff be back!!

The trail starts out really nice by a creek, but then heads out into a really flat, dry stretch for almost 2 miles. The waterfall was beautiful though, and worth the hike.

Beautiful hike among aspen forest (note to come back in fall). Quite a bit of beetle kill unfortunately as well. The mine itself is underwhelming but the views of meadows and mountain peaks is well worth it. A few small creek crossings as well which our pup took advantage of to get a drink.
(Likely a 4-Star rating in fall)

It rained to start out, we got lost multiple times and didnt make it to the waterfall... Still had a really great time on this trail!! Smooth and not too challenging in terms of elevation. Would definitely do again, especially on a trail run.

Definitely worth hiking all the way to the falls

16 days ago

Beautiful views!
The trail wasn’t well maintained but it was easy to keep track of where you were going. We got an early start and only saw a couple of people on the trail. Take bug spray. We were eaten alive by mosquitos.

16 days ago

HARD. One of these says "moderate." Straight up the whole time. Very pretty. Bring poles and bug spray.
Enjoyed it but won't be a regular hike. I hike a lot up here. Took us 3:20 to the top (20 min feeding and caring for dogs which, is a gamble to bring but we were prepared to turn around, if needed). 1:30 min to get back. Mountain goats and killer views.

The beginning is a nice "warm-up" through the burn area and then alpine trees for about a mile. Start early and finish your coffee while you can catch your breath. It gets increasingly steeper and challenging up to the boulder field. From there the hike is challenging. Try to follow the cairns as this makes the path more defined. Thanks for all those that help to keep these visible. After a tough stretch of boulder hopping there is a false peak and then one of my favorite stretches. A short hike on trail through short pines is a real relief. I was joined by one of the friendly mountain goats at this point who paced me up from there. The incline remains steep to the summit. The views at the top are well worth the pain in your legs. For an extra adventure, scramble over the narrow ledge to the true summit marked with a large rock cairn. Very few hikers seem to do this. The view is basically the same but you will have the place to yourself and the satisfaction of crossing the entire top of Buffalo mountain. From here I hiked all the way down to Frisco to the Highside Brewery on Main Street (via Lily Pad Lake trail #50...great easy hike down). My phone died and I had no choice but the beers were good and they recharged my phone so I could call for a ride!

Beautiful hike. Pay attention to the signs and follow the creek along the right side as you get to the lake. Saw wildlife and plenty of wild flowers. Great hike!!

Hard and up hill beautiful

So happy to have made this hike! Not sure how it is considered “moderate” though. That boulder field is pretty intense going up and really intense going down! Great views at top and a friendly curious goat to keep you company.

Great hike, I would suggest this would be hard and not moderate due to the bolder field. Would not suggest bringing a dog, towards the top you must traverse around 1,200 ft of boulder field where there is no define trail. My Husky and I were able to complete it but very challenging! Also great to see mountain goats!

Amazing hike! Nice views, ascent, waterfall, and a mountain goat!

Trail closed due to fire. Directions didn't get us to TH and Google Maps tried to take us onto private road when we put the TH name in. However, we were able to navigate there using the pin location from this site. Don't turn right on Adams - go straight through light onto Buffalo Mountain Rd.

Decent hike to start your acclimation to the higher altitudes. Take along plenty of water because the air is dry. There are a few mosquitoes too. There were a few good views.

Beautiful day in Dillon for an easy-ish hike (I'm a fat flatlander) with great views of the reservoir and surrounding areas. Was surprised that you could see both Breck and Keystone runs in the distance from the bench near the end of the trail. Parking is tight but we did ok in our truck.

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