Mt. Buckskin  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-12-05, By: durkan
Info: Small drift of snow just before kite late, but gate open. I would not say any SUV with FWD/AWD would have an issue making it. From Kite Lake, no snowshoes required if you start early enough. Traction helps, but not 100% required. After the powerlines, just aimed for the ridge and ascended close to proper. No apparent avy risk if you avoid the right areas. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: jbealer
Info: Parked at gate, road is dry. Used spikes starting at the bathroom, took summer trail up. Broke trail never sinking to deep to warrant snowshoes. Steep section up we rock hopped between snow patches. Ridge you can avoid most snow, route to NW summit had more ridge snow, again only spikes were used. Couple came up after us so good trail in snow now. Made our way over to loveland, no spikes. We descended off loveland, put spikes on halfway down making our way to the car at the gate. Snow much deeper in places, up to knees in the willows. Still found it better then retracing our steps back to buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-30, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Just enough snow to cover route. Snowshoes not needed though, but spikes were very help. Trail to Loveland Mtn was also covered and spikes were nice to have. Hit a nice glissade going down Loveland. Saw several moose in willows. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-08, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Summer conditions; marshes between Lake Emma trail and slope to power lines blissfully dry. Easy enough to be a great late afternoon hike, and even when the wind picked up, I was warm enough with just a base layer. 
Route: Tweto - Buckskin Traverse
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: daway8
Info: No snow in the way across the traverse from Tweto to Buckskin. It was very windy but the wind was coming mostly from the left (north) when going from Tweto to Buckskin. The most viable trail (when not on the ridge itself) is on the right (south) so the winds weren't too much of an issue. Many of the fun features were shielded from the wind. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: dhagan
Info: Dry. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: Sglm14
Info: Patches of snow from approximately 13,200-13,600 but completely avoidable. Sky's hazy from the wildfire, otherwise good weather day to be out 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Summer conditions. Quite the bog after the Lake Emma trail split (missed this trail entirely in the dark early morning, though, somehow and trudged through the bog). Steep slope but easy to navigate. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: CaptCO
Info: Summer conditions. Hiked this last night which required a little route finding. Threw a cairn up on the main trail split as the GPX route goes into water. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: mjlucarelli
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. 
Route: Democrat - Buckskin Traverse
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: davisschenk
Info: Verglas and snow on the traverse due to a recent snow storm, it was melting fast though and will likely be gone soon. An axe would have been nice on the descent from buckskin for a glissade but I was fine with just poles and spikes. 
Route: Southeast Ridge with descent of Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: mountainman102
Info: Hiked the Southeast Ridge collecting Loveland Mountain on the way to Mt. Buckskin as well as Buckskin's Northwestern summit. Some snow on the Southeast ridge route, but it is almost all avoidable if you walk around it. Snow on the lower parts of the descent of the Northeast Slopes (standard route). I used snowshoes here which ended up being helpful. Road was clear all the way to gate (which was closed). There were still some ski lines down Mt. Democrat, but it would be tough to find a continuous line down Buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: pbarn
Info: Beautiful day on Bucks. Still a lot of snow but seemingly less than previous report. Snowshoes helpful across the creek basin and up until about 12.5k, then largely dry. Winter gate still closed as of today. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: dwoodward13
Info: Booted up the road. Left the road before Kite Lake and contoured around to an old mine shack and then up to the powerlines to the the ridge. Used snowshoes from the road to about 13.5k. Used spikes the rest of way to the summit. Headed to Loveland from Buckskin following the trail and descended a thinly snow covered rib from Loveland back to the road. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-04-20, By: dcruz654
Info: Parked at Paris Mill, no driving past that right now. Broke off the road a bit before kite lake. Hiked up the northeast slope sticking mostly to rocks as that was easier. Found mostly continuous snow from the summit all the way back to the car, though the rock dodging was real around 12,800. There was A LOT of pole pushing on the road. Stuff closer to the northwest summit looked a bit better coverage wise, but we opted to take the most conservative route from the summit. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-04-05, By: Danger_D
Info: Road is closed at Paris Mill which adds ~5 easy miles to the round trip. Road up to Kite Lake is packed down by snowmobile tracks. I turned south towards Buckskin before reaching the summer TH at Kite Lake and shaved off about a mile from the trip. Needed floatation until the windblown ridge around 12,500'. After I hit the ridge is was straight forward. I used microspikes on a short section of summit ridge and on the descent, and it came in handy. I somehow managed to not take a single picture of the route, but here are a few pics of Democrat and Kite Lake from various points on Buckskin 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-10-04, By: supranihilest
Info: An easy and pretty route, the northeast slopes of Buckskin are generally without trail. There's a trail from Kite Lake Trailhead but it actually goes to Lake Emma, so your best bet is to generally just go in a straight line up Buckskin. There's some trail segments here and there but they're usually considerably looser than the tundra or the talus, so I avoided them; you might want to as well. Buckskin has two summits and the farther one (farther to the northwest) is by all indications the higher of the two despite not being marked so on maps. It appears higher from the southeast summit; the southeast summit appears lower from the northwest summit; the northwest summit has a much larger cairn and the summit register. The traverse between the two is Class 2, maybe Class 2+ in a very direct line. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-07-16, By: Trailrunner
Info: Snow-free excepting a small patch on the trail just above Kite Lake. The conditions report from 7/4 showed a lot more snow on the route over to the power lines than what exists now - it's a marshy mess thanks to rapid melt, leading to some fast-flowing streams and a lot of hidden puddles in the willows. I ended up finding a crossing deeper in the basin over snow. Plan on wet feet if you go any time soon. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: 4thPlaceAtFieldDay
Info: Route from Kite Lake is mostly free of snow. There are some patches to cross just past the trailhead, but once you start heading up the slope under the power lines, it's possible to navigate between the snow patches. Microspikes were somewhat useful at the beginning of the trail, but no snowshoes, axe, or crampons are necessary. Ridge to Loveland is completely dry. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-05-14, By: djacobson
Info: Snowshoes were definitely needed. From the gate we started with them on and kept them on until the continuous rock area about 3/4 of the way up. We stayed right at the base of the first hill and went up then traversed the top back to the left towards the power lines to avoid avy terrain. Next part was fairly steep but straightforward (photo 1). Significant cornice on the summit ridge (photo 3) but there is a band of rock headed diagonal towards the summit that you could hike along (photo 2). Cornice at final summit push as well (photo 5). Ice axe was helpful. Brought traction but didn't use anything other than snowshoes and mountaineering boots. Glissaded most of the way down. Gorgeous hike with full winter conditions. Snow above knee deep in spots. 

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