West Buffalo Peak  
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Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: angry
Info: Dry to summit, no register. 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2020-07-05, By: CaitieClimbs
Info: Dry and clear other small amount of snow in the basin, easy to skirt on the descent. 
 
Route: from the South
Posted On: 2020-01-27, By: Dad Mike
Info: Climbed East and West Buffalo Peaks from County Road 375. I was able to drive to within about 1/4 mile of the winter gate closure. Starting elevation was 8900'. Road was tracked for about the first mile and then it was untouched. The trail breaking was tough and I considered turning around a few times. It got worse after reaching the Fourmile TH at around 3 miles in. I turned off the trail and into a meadow after mile 5 and headed for the basin between the 2 peaks. The peaks were scoured and I was able to stash the snowshoes around 12,000'. View of the entire Sawatch range from West Buffalo was worth the effort. 6:30am - 4:30pm...15 miles...5300' 
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Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2017-09-13, By: JasonKline
Info: Snow free. 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2017-06-24, By: tjf242424
Info: Small snowfield still present on the descent from West Buffalo, but easily crossed in light hikers with poles. The rest of the route is snow-free. The traverse back through the forest is a bit of a thrash. I didn't use GPS, but if you stay close to 11,600 ft, you'll pop out at the right spot. 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2017-06-20, By: cardgenius
Info: Decended the Northwest shoulder back into the forest. One large snowfield that was unavoidable but easy to cross. Lots wildflowers are starting to bloom down low by the creeks. A few marshy spots but nothing to bad in the forest. I used the .gpx tracks to find my way through the forest to get back to the trail and I'm glad I did. There is no trail at all so it's very easy to get off track and lost. 
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Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2016-11-04, By: alpinewonderer
Info: Well, I've been eyeing this hike for sometime so my buddy and I, Mark, went for it. It was a nice day, but a cloud came over and sat there for hours, but no worries, we were fine. Minimal snow all the way up and over both East & West Buffalo Peaks. The most difficult feat of this trip was from the car to timberline and then from timberline back. Tons of old roads, social trails and game trails that it was quite confusing. However, if you kept going SW then you will find your way. Road was clear all the way and the trail dry 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2016-09-25, By: Trotter
Info: About a half inch of snow on the ground, but it is already melted in sunlit areas. This would be an amazing hike when all aspens are at peak, but right now the aspens above 12,000 ft have lost their leaves Check previous trip reports before you hike this one, there are several overgrown logging roads that make it confusing to navigate when you cross the forest near the bottom. 
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Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2016-07-09, By: CreekRunner
Info: Look at East Buffalo. http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=7071 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2015-07-12, By: ChrisinAZ
Info: A few patches of snow on the peaks, but none on the route itself--full summer conditions. The road in is in excellent condition; a few spots require care, but most street-legal cars should be fine making the pass on FR-431. Views from the top are stunning, and wildlife abounds--I saw several elk, a trio of mountain goats, and a coyote! This hike certainly shattered my preconceived notions about the Mosquito Range! 
 
Route: Buffalo Peaks from the North
Posted On: 2014-07-22, By: mtgirl
Info: Hiked up West Buffalo Peak and East Buffalo Peak on 7/20. Looking for solitude and the path less travelled ? Go here. I didn't encounter anyone from beginning to end. You do, however, need some navigational skills as there are no real defined/marked trails. Great views, lots of wildflowers, about 3400 feet of climbing and 9 miles roundtrip. This trip report is spot on and helped with navigation. Having a GPS helped in locating my vehicle on the way out (lots of random old roads crisscross this area). No snow or mud. Take bug repellant. http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9015 
 
Route: Ascent from East Buffalo
Posted On: 2011-07-04, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Dry from TH the summit of East Buffalo and over to West Buffalo. Descent from West buffalo had some narrow and avoidable snow fields crossing back over the NE side of West Buffalo, just above treeline. 

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