Santa Rosa Summit Trail Buffalo Canyon

Winnemucca, Nevada 89445

Santa Rosa Summit Trail Buffalo Canyon

Santa Rosa Summit Trail: Buffalo Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike in the Santa Rosa Range giving access to the Santa Rosa–Paradise Peak Wilderness as well as panoramic views. The first half of the trail to the crest was constructed in 1986, and passes through sagebrush, various grasses, willows, and cottonwoods. The upper half is older and more primitive and passes among snowberry, serviceberry, mahogany, and aspen. A steep climb to the crest completes the last 0.5 mile.

The trail crosses Buffalo Canyon Creek several times during its journey to the summit at 8,000 feet. Passage in the lower part of the drainage is via a trail constructed around phyllite outcrops and narrow benches. The harsh weather conditions of the mountain country have molded the channel of Buffalo Creek. Severe thunderstorms are hazardous to both the environment and humans. Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Summer through Fall
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Santa Rosa Ranger District, 1200 East Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445; (775) 623-5025
Local Contacts
USGS topo map: Five Fingers, Paradise Peak, Hinkey Summit
Local Maps