Buffalo Cabins

Silverthorne, Colorado

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On this low-key but potentially strenuous forest hike, starting from an easily accessible trailhead near I-70 and Silverthorne, walk a rugged mile to what’s left of an old cabin. Admittedly it’s not a super-exciting hike and doesn’t have the most compelling story, but Buffalo Cabins Trail is worth a go. Cabin ruins near mile 1 make a natural turn- around for a quick but blood-pumping hike with some steep, rooty sections. Those who need more than that have come to the right place. The trail continues from the cabin to the top of Buffalo Mountain, picking its way steeply through a boulder field, then perusing gently sloped alpine tundra to get there. Views, of course, are outstanding from the summit trail; below the cabins the trail is ensconced in the dark forest.

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"On this low-key but potentially strenuous forest hike, starting from an easily accessible trailhead near I-70 and Silverthorne, walk a rugged mile to what’s left of an old cabin. Admittedly it’s not a super-exciting hike and doesn’t have the most compelling story, but Buffalo Cabins Trail is worth a go. Cabin ruins near mile 1 make a natural turn-
around for a quick but blood-pumping hike with some steep, rooty sections.

Those who need more than that have come to the right place. The trail continues from the cabin to the top of Buffalo Mountain, picking its way steeply through a boulder field, then perusing gently sloped alpine tundra to get there. Views, of course, are outstanding from the summit trail; below the cabins the trail is ensconced in the dark forest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silverthorne
Distance: 2.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: White River National Forest, 900 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601; (970) 945-2521; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriverrecreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=41285&actid=91
Local Maps: USGS Dillon quad

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Jun 2018