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."