Buffalo Mountain

Dillon Colorado Hikes

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4 out of 5
The trail is a bit steep, but your well-earned reward is fantastic views and mountain goats. Trail: Most of the way, talus and tundra beyond.
Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone


Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone

by Dave Muller (Colorado Mountain Club Press)

The trail is a bit steep, but your well-earned reward is fantastic views and mountain goats. Trail: Most of the way, talus and tundra beyond.

©   Dave Muller/Colorado Mountain Club Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dillon
Length: 3.6
Elevation Gain: 3,217 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 150 minutes up, 90 minutes down
Season: Mid-June to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 9,560 feet
Top Elevation: 13,164 feet
Local Contacts: Arapaho National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Frisco, Vail Pass
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this is a great hike that's not too long and not too short with a lot of elevation gain! the trail starts out with slight incline, then gets steep pretty quickly. once you're out of the trees, then you gotta tackle the boulder field which is not too bad as they've place a good number of cairns along the trail. if you keep your eye on those it makes the boulder field a lot more manageable. i thought i was almost done once i got to the top of the boulders, but boy was i wrong. after the boulders, you still have to hike probably another mile or more to get to the summit. be on the look out for mountain goats as i came upon one munching on the bushes right next to the trail. he just stared at me and i felt more comfortable walking off the trail to give him and me enough room. once at the top, there were even more mountain goats! probably about 10 of them. they kept their distance and so did i. great views of red peak, eccles pass, red buffalo pass, and dillon reservoir. coming back down wasn't as easy as going up. really hard on the knees while going down the boulder field and the next part of the trail after that. a great hike if your training to do a 14er! i did the hike in about 4.75 hrs and i'm a 31 y/o female who's in decent shape. lots of people on the start of the trail, families and all. once you get to the steep part, definitely less crowded.


A great moderate challenge for any hiker. I left at 9:30A and signed the registry at the trail head. The trail is very clear and easy to follow while still below tree line. Once passing buffalo cabin the trail steepens and rocks begin to become more prevalent. When I got to tree line I began following the numerous cairns that mark the trail through the talus. On my way up I passed a pair of hikers who were not prepared for a hike at this elevation, even though one of the hikers said she had done this trail before. I passed the pair and was making good pace when thick dark clouds began to roll in over the summit. I made it to the sub-peak and judged the situation to be unsafe to continue so I began my descent from 12,050 ft. I passed the other hikers on my way down and told them that the clouds were looking pretty bad and they should consider descending. They, however, continued up the mountain. Coming down was a workout for my knees and I will certainly consider wearing a supportive brace for my weak knee as my ligaments aren't quite what they used to be. I made it below tree line and about 15 minutes later it began to rain and thunder. The rain was brief but the thunder was sporadic for the remainder of the descent. Got back to my truck at 12:30p. Even though it's not over 13,000 ft the weather can be a serious contender here and should always be respected. I'm sure the other hikers made it back safely but it's not a risk I would take. The mountain will always be there tomorrow. Good hike.

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