Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,921' 585 m
Descent: -1,917' -584 m
High: 11,575' 3,528 m
Low: 9,968' 3,038 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
Popular hikes nearby
Big Willis Gulch Trail
11.2 mi 18.1 km • Loop • 3,016 ft Ascent 919.34 m Ascent
3.8 mi 6.2 km • Out and Back • 2,093 ft Ascent 637.91 m Ascent
Belford and Oxford
10.9 mi 17.5 km • Out and Back • 5,670 ft Ascent 1728.35 m Ascent
Harvard and Columbia
14.4 mi 23.2 km • Loop • 5,628 ft Ascent 1715.37 m Ascent
Lake Ann Out-and-Back
11.2 mi 18.0 km • Out and Back • 1,715 ft Ascent 522.76 m Ascent
Grizzly Peak and Garfield Peak
7.3 mi 11.7 km • Loop • 2,910 ft Ascent 887.04 m Ascent
“A loop leading through secluded, wide open terrain with beautiful scenery.”— Joshua Wells
Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
- Depending on the time of year there can be multiple creek crossings along the trail, mostly in the meadows after the Tumble Creek fork. These can be a little tricky to cross without getting wet so just be creative.
- Parking is somewhat limited at the trailhead but there may be more space along the road.
Going counter-clockwise, the trail starts by following the Rich Creek Trail #616 for about half the hike. Along Rich Creek, you'll mostly be going through evergreen forests until you get to the top of the gorge and reach the meadows. The meadows tend to have mellower elevation gain but are still fairly steady until you reach the Tumble Creek fork.
After the fork you'll now be on the Tumble Creek Trail #617 and it will mostly be downhill from there. Right before the end of the loop there is one last ridge to climb, but it's through a nicely shaded aspen forests and it isn't too steep.
There is ample water along most of the hike, though it does appear to contain a lot of iron. So bring a filter and don't be freaked out by the redness of the water.