Buckeye Peak

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Buckeye Peak

Submitted By: LSteele on October 12, 2011

Administrator: LSteele

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Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Mario Gully

Pick your way through the tight trees in the upper part of the drainage, and then you'll see it open up.  If there is enough snow, there are pillow options aplenty straight down the gut.  Venture left or right and the drops get bigger, up to about 20 feet if you're feeling good.

At the bottom of the gully, don't miss the skin track that cuts left underneath the east-facing parts of the Terrain Park.  Follow this all the way back to the Dream Lake trail (Don't drop in thinking it'll take you back to your car, it won't).

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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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