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Buffalo Cabin Trail

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 4.4 (22)

Thick forested trail to get you either to the Summit of Buffalo or towards South Willow Falls.


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Map Key

2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Point to Point

12,731' 3,881 m

High

9,763' 2,976 m

Low

2,969' 905 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

70%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Follow the signs at the beginning of this trail for Buffalo Cabin Trail, then branch off to the right for South Willow Falls Crossover, or continue on Buffalo to the summit of Buffalo Mountain.

The trail stays inside the dense trees until you climb closer to treeline. Once above 11,800 you enter the scree field. This will take some maneuvering over many loose rocks, keep your eyes peeled for the cairns leading you to the summit.

Once at the top, take in a great view of the Dillon Reservoir and Summit County! There's some fun scrambling on the summit that will take you to the further point, which is not actually the true summit. You already hit the true summit at 12,777!

Contacts

Shared By:

Matthew Coye with improvements by Kelley Dearing and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 22 votes

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  4.4 from 22 votes
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Photos

Taking a short break in the midst of the huge boulder field. Dillon Reservoir glitters in the distance.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Lots of mountain goats.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
The cradle of Frisco, Silverthorne, and Lake Dillon Reservoir.  Well worth the climb.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
After the boulder field, there's a few more false summits have you to ascend before getting to the top.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Approaching the true summit of Buffalo Mountain.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO
Top of Buffalo looking northwest towards the Red Peaks.
Nov 3, 2016 near Silvert…, CO

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Aug 5, 2020
Amos Yost
Jun 26, 2020
Meg D
2.4mi
Sep 19, 2019
Mary McAliney
Aug 31, 2019
Andy Fontana
Jul 28, 2019
Meaghan O.
1.7mi — 2h 30m
Jul 8, 2019
Zach Randall
still snow higher up there 4mi — 2h 30m
Jun 29, 2019
aikibujin
With Polar. Unfortunately, the talus field is too hard for her, so we did not summit.
May 12, 2019
Stephen Pack
2mi