Mt. Buckskin  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Traverse from Loveland
Posted On: 2019-05-08, By: Ptglhs
Info: Traverse is mostly snow free. A few spots where traction would be good -you'd need it to get up either the standard route or Loveland. Buckskin looked good for skiing as did the main chute coming down Loveland. Standard route up Buckskin looked mostly snow covered. 
 
Route: Via:Loveland mountain
Posted On: 2019-03-18, By: Giant hills
Info: 4wd road leading to the ridge of Loveland had a small snowshoe and skin track to follow. Once the road reached the ridge we left it and broke to the right and bushwacked through the trees to the treeline. There should be a nice trail going to treeline until next snowfall. Once at treeline it was a straight shot up lovelands slope to the summit. Wore flotation until last few hundred feet,buddy was on skins up until that point also. Traverse from Loveland to buckskin wasn't bad. It was pretty wind blown. I didn't take the trail because it crossed some snow slopes and was filled in with slick powder. I stayed on the ridge proper the whole way which made it way more fun and had a few little scramble parts. There was a cornice 50ft from buckskin summit that gave me pause for just a second(last photo) just lined up with the rocks and used my axe for that section because a slip would've been into a steep slope/gulley. No traction was used. My friend skied Loveland on the way down. It had a lot of wind drift so making for a bumpy ride but lower slopes and trees were nice.managed to get a few good rides of the saucer in on it to haha. Fun good weather day. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-12-31, By: mtn_nut
Info: Did it without snowshoes, but snowshoes would have been nice between kite lake and the ridge. Descended the main gully to the southeast of the peak, just enough snow in the gully to avoid the scree, but not enough to pose an avy risk. Would recommend crampons for the gully, but the standard route didn't really need crampons, microspikes were nice. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-12-16, By: WildWanderer
Info: Perfect conditions today. Gate closed 1 mile below Kite Lake. Snowshoes helpful from lake through the basin to Buckskin's Northeast slope. From there crampons are needed (or snowshoes with crampons... microspikes aren't going to cut it). There is a lot of unstable snow before approaching the summit ridge. Don't try to head straight up the slope: stay near the power lines and you'll be fine. It's steeper than it looks. There's a small but firm cornice forming on the ridge, which makes the last push to the summit easy. My ice axe was helpful, but not necessary. 
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Route: Ridge from Loveland Mtn
Posted On: 2018-10-21, By: cardgenius
Info: Lots of snow. Brought snowshoes and used them all the way up the south slope of Loveland. Stashed them once on the ridge. After that gaiters and microspikes the rest of the way to Buckskin. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-07-06, By: zinj
Info: Kite Lake peaks are all in summer conditions with only small snow remnants easily avoided Lake Emma retains just a bit of ice Weston Fire smoke is main environmental hazard (apart from normal monsoon t-storms) 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-06-02, By: HikerGuy
Info: You can avoid most of the snow by avoiding the trail from parking lot. Park below and find your way up through the willows to join the trail. There are some small streams to jump. Maybe one snowfield that was unavoidable, but it was short and firm. Otherwise dry. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: bbishop02
Info: Road is clear almost the entire way to Kite Lake, a little patch of snow right before the parking lot. The hike still has several snow fields to cross. If you aim to stay left of the defined route and head more up the ridge proper you can avoid the snow fields at the top. The creek is flowing and the snow bridges are not solid, but a good jump can get you across. Shoot for the power pole that has three poles and then head up the ridge from there to avoid the snow. Never needed microspikes or snow shoes. Gaiters we useful for the soft snow and wet marshy areas. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-04-23, By: r_grizz
Info: Climbed and skied Mt. Buckskin with 14ers.com user Crowdsurf (he snowshoed) on what turned out to be a legendary April day. Had the mountain completely to ourselves while DCLB were crawling with hikers/skiers. Morning winds started out 60-70 mph and then died like somebody turned off the spigot at about 11:00. Parked at the Sweet Home Mine (silver metal) building. Road's covered in consistent, drifted snow beyond that. The route was easy to see. Pretty much follow the power lines up the first headwall and then stick to the broad ridge on climbers left. It's a slog and sustained steep-ish pitch the whole way, but mostly wind scoured and easy hiking. Shouldered the skis and used microspikes after the first headwall to the summit. Traversed ridge to the saddle with the "NW Summit" to access a clean descent line. North facing slope was a mix of new powder from Friday/Saturday and breakable crust. Made for low quality glissading and average snow for skiing, but still a blast. The second level slopes provided some nice skiing and glissading options as well, some with high slope angle but very crusty top layer. Lots of large, natural wet slides propagating from most cliff bands on easterly aspects by afternoon. Can easily ski all the way back to the TH. Logged 4.7 miles according to the Garmin. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-01-31, By: seano
Info: Late fall conditions: the snow was breakable wind-crust over sugar, and easily avoided. I drove a bit under a mile past the mill in an Element, parking before a drift, but the road was mostly dry to Kite Lake. No need for floatation or traction in the area. I drove down 285 in the afternoon, and conditions are similar or drier in the Sawatch and Sangres. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-08-09, By: SkiColorado93
Info: There was a small dusting of snow on the top, along with the DeCaLiBron route, but other than that it was summer conditions. The dusting of snow on top made the ridge walk over to Buckskin's northwest summit slippery at times. The walk from the Lake Emma trail to the base of Buckskin was pretty swampy- stay on the trail longer before heading left to the base of Buckskin for a drier hike. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-07-08, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: Clear all the way to the summit. All snow can be avoided. A good point to traverse onto the slope from the lake is to go in the direction of the "three pole" power line. All others are two poles. Great day out there. Not a single person on the trail on a weekend. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-05-08, By: madadraw1
Info: Got 4 miles up the road, 2 miles short of Kite Lake. Left road early on, hanging to the left to take more direct route going in the NW direction to reach the bottom of Buckskin's NE slope. Corn snow from summit to TH. Did not ski the usual route from the secondary summit. Just turned around at true summit given I was hiking ahead of my partner and didn't want to lose them on descent. Plus thunderstorms were coming. Ditched ski's just after 13K and booted to summit. The NE slope is almost completely free of snow. But, the ski route from secondary summit looked sweet. Had fun skiing from 12.7K down back to the car. 
 
Route: South Ridge from Loveland Mt.
Posted On: 2017-05-07, By: screeman57
Info: Climbed the East slopes of Loveland Mt. on mostly bare tundra. The SE ridge of Buckskin is sporty at the moment, with some big, well-consolidated snow patches on the ridge proper. Continued to NW Buckskin almost entirely on supportive snow. Mad glissade of the gully N of the sub-summit to escape incoming storms. The basin of Buckskin Creek holds deep snow, which was softening considerably by 1pm. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-04-02, By: koeffling
Info: The road to Kite Lake was plowed today to the private property area maybe a mile from the lake, we parked just below the private property sign on a pull out on the side of the road. Packed snow along the road, we split off to Buckskin with anywhere from 2-12" of postholing up the lower slopes avoiding the steeper angles. Upper slopes and ridge were mostly windswept until the summit ridge, packed snow. I brought snowshoes and carried them on my pack the whole day but with knee deep postholing in places, probably could have put them to good use. Wore microspikes a fair amount, my partner with crampons. 
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Route: South Ridge via Loveland Mountain then NE descent
Posted On: 2017-01-01, By: Stratosfearsome
Info: Beautiful and windy today on Mount Buckskin. Parked at the kite lake road closure (where plowing ends) @ Paris Mill last night. ~ 2.5mi from Alma turnoff. Tried to take a shortcut this morning and got cliffed out. Typical me. Too dangerous with loaded snow in the in-between gullies, too. Headed south. Lost an hour and a half but it was really cool looking at plants and birds and rocks and things. Broke trail until about 11'500 when I found another set of snowshoe tracks. Did not need snowshoes above tree-line. Scoured terrain, and a face full of wind (~20mph from North) until about 13,300 when I hit the high ridge and then some gusts from the west hit 40-50. Descended more or less the standard NE ridge route. Little snow on it's edge ridge and wind swept as well. Did not see another human all day. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-07-11, By: flyingmagpie
Info: Climbed Buckskin from Kite Lake trailhead on a Friday. Found trailhead to be extremely busy with Decalibron climbers. Main lot almost full. Cars that couldn't make the last quarter mile of rough road strung out parked alongside the road in a long line below. In contrast, I was alone going up Buckskin. There is a line of wind-drifted snow just below the ridge from where the NE slope joins the ridge to the summit. I passed easily on the talus below the snow, and the summit and wind shelter there was clear. Beautiful weather, warm day, fine climb. No problems with the route. Kite Lake open. Emma Lake still 2/3 frozen and thawing slowly. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: Shattuck311
Info: Basically Summer conditions between Democrat and Buckskin. 
 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-05-31, By: eskermo
Info: Rode off the summit of Buckskin down continuous snow almost 2,500', all the way back to about 200' from my car. The road is open to about 11,400'. For hiking, just stay on the road. For skiers/splitters, drop down a little off the road - skinning the creek bed is the way to go with a good freeze. I was able to skin from the car at 11,400' up to about 12,600' (about 1.75 miles). From there it was a pretty straightforward ridge climb to the summit. The climb up was a mixed bag. There were patches of snow I would climb at some points, and other times I followed trail segments or hopped up talus. The cornice up top wasn't too scary, I just stayed wide left without dropping too low. Although the west summit looked fat, the snow right off the top of the main summit was great. The first 2000' were excellent. The deproach out of Buckskin Creek to the car was much more smooth and fast than expected, but there were still a few sections of poling just to keep moving. 
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Route: Via Loveland
Posted On: 2015-11-14, By: JQDivide
Info: Hit Buckskin from Loveland. We came up Loveland‘s east slope from the Kite Lake Road. Ridge over was fairly clear. I expected more snow from the storm on Wednesday. Three others hikers came up the Eastern edge of the NE slope, which was fairly clear of snow. Lots of snow in the lower portion of the basin, but the upper areas were pretty wind blown. 

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