Red Peak B  
Condition Updates  
Route: Via Red Buffalo Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: jfm3
Info: I ran the Buffalo Mountain Loop on September 13 and summited Red Peak from Red Buffalo Pass. There was minimal snow to cross in the upper basin immediately east of the pass, and some mud in the trees on the approach. There were a few steps of firm, cold snow on the ridge but these may melt out quickly. Photos: 1. Southwest view from the summit toward Holy Cross. Decent view of the upper ridge from Red Buffalo Pass here. 2. West view from the summit. The snow was never any more widespread than this on the ridge. 3. South view from the summit. There is snow on the north side of Eccles Pass but it was melting quickly. Unavoidable in some spots but no need for gaiters or spikes. 4. Red Peak, including the entire ascent ridge, from Eccles Pass. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-04-05, By: supranihilest
Info: From Buffalo Mountain Trailhead I took the South Willow Creek Trail to the base of Buffalo Mountain's Silver Couloir and then straight downhill to the creek where I crossed on a less-than-ideal snow/rock hop combo. I then made my way up to the Gore Range Trail and started heading west, following old cross country ski tracks and then once again blazing my own trail. I had intended to climb up to Red Buffalo Pass and take the south ridge but the entire ridge, miles long, was guarded by the most enormous cornice I've ever seen. I cut north prior to the Pass and took broad snow slopes up all the way to the summit. These slopes were beneath the slide angle but were still kind of uncomfortable. Fortunately the snow was stable, but there were numerous cornice falls throughout the day and by the time I descended the snow was softening and I was kicking down rollerballs and wet sloughs were releasing from rocky outcrops. If anyone ends up climbing Red in the next couple of days try and follow my lower track on the ascent; if you take the upper track where it splits you'll gain elevation that you're then forced to give up, only to have to gain it again. Also don't forget there's 400 feet of elevation gain coming out of South Willow Creek drainage. Flotation is necessary (I wore snowshoes from car-to-car), traction is unnecessary, and an ice axe is only nice if you aren't totally comfortable on moderate angle snow otherwise it's dead weight. 
Route: South Willow Creek
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: RyanSchilling
Info: Snow-free until near Red Buffalo Pass, where it is easily avoidable. From there, the southern exposure has left the ridge clear all the way to the peak. Debris from a monumental avalanche covers the trail and creek for a section about midway up the valley, but the trail is pretty obvious coming out the other side. Astonishingly there weren't any mosquitoes. Have they not hatched here yet? 
Route: Via Eccles Pass (Meadow Creek TH)
Posted On: 2018-10-14, By: Wildernessjane
Info: Summited Red Peak via Eccles Pass from Meadow Creek TH yesterday. Microspikes were really nice to have on the hike in as there was lots of ice on the trail. We elected not to bring snowshoes but honestly they would've been really nice to have. The hike in to Eccles Pass was fine without them, but once dropping into the basin on the other side the snow got pretty deep (ranging from six inches on upward to 2-1/2 feet in spots). I'm sure we would've been much faster through the basin if we'd had them. With all the new snow, I would say snowshoes will be needed. The south ridge was snowy but we did not use any traction. 
Route: Zodiac Ridge
Posted On: 2018-08-14, By: jkillgore
Info: A small patch of snow on the S. end of ridge, but it is out of the way and we didnt detour to it. Otherwise, the route is very dry. Anchor-wise, it seems the rodents here love the taste of nylon and polyester. Supposedly the anchors were fine earlier this summer, but we found a few of them suspect. We beefed up a couple anchors with fresh cord and webbing, but I wouldnt assume they'll stay that way. The next group might want to bring 2-3 rap rings and probably another 20' or so of tat to really tighten things up. We also found a few of the rappel lengths listed in online TRs to be a bit short. Expect to use all of 30 m in a few places deemed to be 60'-90'. 
Route: Zodiac Traverse
Posted On: 2016-07-10, By: WillRobnett
Info: Came from the west side 
Route: View from down the hill
Posted On: 2016-06-29, By: WillRobnett
Info: View from down the hill 
Route: view from valhalla
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: WillRobnett
Info: view from valhalla 
Route: from wildernest
Posted On: 2013-06-23, By: jeremy27
Info: A few snowbanks to deal with below treeline. A snowbank/cornice at red buffalo pass that is easily passable on the right. Clear hiking from the pass though we lost the trail. Good luck. 

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