Buffalo Mountain

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Buffalo Mountain

Submitted By: mtnfiend on April 11, 2011

Administrator: mtnfiend

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Colorado » Rocky Mountain National Park

Ptarmigan Glacier

The first section is the steepest and then the line mellows out.  Follow the glacier all the way to the toe.  Once done follow a faint climbers trail to the lake below.  At the lake a a good trail is on the North side, follow this trail by Helene lake and back to the car.

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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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