Buffalo Mountain

Silverthorne, Colorado 80498

Buffalo Mountain

Buffalo Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"The huge granite dome called Buffalo Mountain towers above Dillon Reservoir and the towns of Silverthorne, Dillon, 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 new 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.

Buffalo Mountain has long been a landmark in Summit County. Called Buffalo by early settlers who thought it looked like a buffalo’s back, the peak towered over La Bonte’s Hole below, at the intersection of the Blue River, Snake River, and Tenmile Creek. Buffalo (bison) grazed in the lush valley during the summer, retreating over Hoosier Pass to South Park for the long winters. Ute Indians summered in the valleys, hunting the plentiful game."

Buffalo Mountain Reviews

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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.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,017 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 to 7 hours
Best from July to late September
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Vail Pass,Frisco; Trails Illustrated:#108 Vail,Frisco, Dillon
Local Maps

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Aug 2018