Buckeye Peak

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Buckeye Peak

Submitted By: LSteele on October 12, 2011

Administrator: LSteele

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Colorado » Front Range

Emperor Couloir

Fun sustained line.  Max slope angle is about 40 degrees.  The couloir does not drop directly off the summit.  From the summit you can descend north down the ridge to the top of the couloir. 

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Details

Buckeye Peak is best accessed via the Buckeye Gulch Trailhead on  Colorado 91. The climb is a relatively mellow 3 mile skin, with some flat sections close to 11,200'. Once you pass treeline you will see a ridge to the west, which makes a great spot for quick laps, with easy access. If you continue along the trail, (towards the Sangree Froelicher Hut) you will see Buckeye peak to the north. From the summit of Buckeye, ski the bowl that descends down to the east for a really fun, slightly more technical run. There is a lot of terrain up there to choose from, and you also have the choice of heading west towards CO 24 and Ski Cooper Mountain. Reserve a night or two at the 10th mountain hut (Sangree Froelicher Hut) to make a multiple day trip out of this area.

How to Get There

Take CO 91 south from the Copper Mtn exit on I-70. The Buckeye Gulch Trailhead is about 5 miles north of Leadville, CO. Parking for the trailhead is between milemarker 4 and 5, on the north side of the highway, and is denoted with a public parking sign.

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