Buffalo Mountain

Silverthorne Colorado Hikes

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The huge granite dome called Buffalo Mountain towers above Dillon Reservoir and the towns of Silverthorne and Frisco. Such an imposing mountain attracts climbers, and over the years people scrambled up, creating “climbers’ trails” to the summit. Buffalo Mountain now boasts a summit trail that, while still difficult, is much more hiker and environmentally friendly. “Still difficult” means a 23 percent grade for 0.6 mile through a boulder field. The climb is well worth the effort for the views, beautiful tundra flowers, and a chance to see the mountain goat family that grazes on the high slopes.
Best Hikes Near Breckenridge and Vail

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by Maryann Gaug (Falcon Guides/ Morris Book Publishing, LLC)

The huge granite dome called Buffalo Mountain towers above Dillon Reservoir and the towns of Silverthorne and Frisco. Such an imposing mountain attracts climbers, and over the years people scrambled up, creating “climbers’ trails” to the summit. Buffalo Mountain now boasts a summit trail that, while still difficult, is much more hiker and environmentally friendly. “Still difficult” means a 23 percent grade for 0.6 mile through a boulder field. The climb is well worth the effort for the views, beautiful tundra flowers, and a chance to see the mountain goat family that grazes on the high slopes.

© 2014  Maryann Gaug/Falcon Guides/ Morris Book Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverthorne
Length: 6
Elevation Gain: 3,017 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 3-7 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne; (970) 468-5400; www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver; www.dillonrangerdistrict.com
Local Maps: USGS Vail Pass and Frisco; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 108 Vail/ Frisco/Dillon; Latitude 40˚ Summit County Trails; USFS White River National Forest map
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