Buffalo Mountain

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Buffalo Mountain

Submitted By: mtnfiend on April 11, 2011

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Arizona » Kachina Peaks

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From the top of Agassiz the line descends to down the high alpine ridge to the east.  Just short of the saddle it descends to the skiers right towards the south and town.  This route then followes the avalanche path and drainage for long beautiful run.  At the bottom you begin meandering right towards the Leroux fire scar.  Once you hit Freidlein Prairie Road this is the end of the run and you follow the road to skiers right back to snowbowl road. This is a long run, make sure you carry a map.  It flattens out at the end and you would like to get back to snowbowl road so you can get a ride back up to the ski area.  Please also be advised that this is the ski run where the only Arizona avalanche fatality occured, be smart.

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Buffalo is clearly visible when descending from the tunnel towards Silverthorne.  The town is literally built at the base of this peak.  Several good skiing options exist.

How to Get There

The most direct way to access this peak (and several of the skiing options) is from the Ryan Gulch (Buffalo Cabin) trail head.  From the Silverthorne exit off I-70, go north on hwy 9.  At the first stop light, take a left (west) on Wildernest Rd.  Follow the road thru several sharp turns until you get to the parking area on the left where the road widens to accommodate 15 or so cars (basically the highest elevation point along the road).  The trail begins on the opposite side of the road.

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