Peak(s):  West Buffalo Pk  -  13,326 feet
East Buffalo Pk  -  13,300 feet
Date Posted:  08/11/2015
Modified:  04/19/2017
Date Climbed:   07/28/2015
Author:  BillMiddlebrook
 Buffalo Peaks Loop  

Buffalo Peaks Loop, from the north

Stats:
Starting Point: Buffalo Peaks Road, 2WD dirt
Elevation gain: ~3,400 feet
RT distance: ~10.75 miles

If you're interested in this hike and would like more info, check out the route description on 14ers.com...

This is a fun loop in the Buffalo Peaks wilderness and I'm not sure why it took me so many years to get on these summits! I've made various trips to the BP wilderness but this time I decided to finally check off those last two 13ers in the Mosquito Range. I'll let the photos do the talking...




Climbing East Buffalo


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Northeast ridge

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Looking back

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Bypass each rock section on the left

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Another look back

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Approaching the summit

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West Buffalo seen from the summit of East

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Top

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Traversing to West Buffalo


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Starting the traverse to West

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Saddle between the peaks

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Interesting rock on the West side of the saddle

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Rock band

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Approaching the top of West

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Looking back over the traverse

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Summit #2

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The Descent


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Descending NW off West

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On the north side of West

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Re-entering the forest - north of the saddle between these peaks.

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Taken on the ascent, this is a look at the terrain you can descend on West's north slopes.

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Almost back to the wilderness boundary

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East - West

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On the approach, this is the first/last look at these peaks.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions
Jay521

One of my favs
08/11/2015 09:22
They are a fun pair. Nice job of documenting the route. Maybe you should consider hosting a website with route descriptions...


MtnHub

Great job!
08/11/2015 09:25
Wow! A Trip Report by the Man! And Jay beat me to the first comment! Very nice to see you out and about and recording it for fun! Thanks for sharing it! Looks like a great little loop!


mtgirl

Great route !
08/11/2015 09:38
Did this route last summer and really enjoyed it, although your return route looks much more efficient than mine. The route description should help others in nailing down the return. I wandered a bit on the maze of unmarked roads, even with my GPS, but ended up where I needed to be in the long run.


BillMiddlebrook

Descent
08/11/2015 10:39
Yeah, that line back worked out well – Descending east into the upper basin and then side–hilling through the forest to return to the "road," near the wilderness boundary. It meant not having to do any re–gain once in the forest AND a mellow walk out on that road.


mathguy

Enjoyed the pics
08/11/2015 12:52
I’ve admired the Buffalo Peaks on several occasions from HWY 285, but it’s
unlikely that I’ll ever get around to climbing them, so I appreciated the
virtual tag along.


Matt

Bill...
08/13/2015 16:31
Why didn’t you just post one pic and a link to your site? Those are the best reports.
Seriously, thanks for putting this up. It makes me want to revisit those two peaks.


ajlavigne

Thanks for the GPX
08/31/2015 19:54
The Buffalo Peaks have been on my to–do list for a couple years now – they’re a major tease any time I visit a friend’s cabin in Hartsel (just north of 22) – the GPX file might be the last bit of beta I needed to convince me to tackle them.


ckaplan5
Great route
09/11/2019 06:02
Thanks for the upload, just bagged these and the detailed desc. was a major boon. Fun descent; was some good nav practice getting back through that forest. Saw 3 goats, a fox, and plenty of marmots.



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