Mt. Buckskin  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-07-08, By: PikaSteve
Info: Summer conditions. Flowers are blooming from top to bottom. Creek crossings manageable with a short jump. With care, it's possible to keep feet dry crossing spongy basin after creek. Summit register is now at “new” northwest summit. Only saw two other people on the mountain. Friday 8:30am arrival, but still plenty of parking spots available for 2WD at switchbacks, for AWD just past switchbacks and for 4WD at Kite Lake. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: cougar
Info: Dry again. Snowdrift below summit ridge not on route. Creek is flowing fast. Loveland clear too. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-26, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Decided to do an evening hike. Nobody else on the mountain or doing Decalibron. Started at 5pm in light rain. I went probably .25 miles up the trail, past where you're supposed to make the left across the creek. It's what I do. Snow started around 13,000'. A couple squalls along with whatever happened earlier in the day left 2 inches from here to summit. Slippery going on the boulders/screw/talus on the traverse. Not sure what the best route is once you cross the power lines. Skies cleared at sunset. A couple campers at the TH at 9pm when I got back. Otherwise had the entire kite lake basin to myself. Not bad 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Summited both the old Buckskin summit and the new LiDAR summit which is stated as the Northwest Summit on this site. I only summited the old Buckskin summit a few years ago so I needed to go back to get its newly discovered true summit. Seen from my picture the red arrow is the old summit and the blue arrow is Northwest Summit (LiDAR true summit). You can clearly see that the Northwest bump is higher. Summer conditions. NOAA's forecast was death and destruction however, was a bluebird morning. There were more cars at Kite Lake TH than at Park Meadows Mall. It's been a while since I've been around such large crowds climbing a peak. Just a few minutes after I started I filled my boot up with water as I slipped off an icy rock. As I came over a bump on the descent I came face to face with a goat. Nothing surprising there, but was when a couple of seconds a coyote came strolling up (circled). The coyote and goat eyed each other as the coyote continued up the hill. Everyone kept cool and we all went our ways. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-06-25, By: Ssgustafson
Info: Nice early day on Buckskin yesterday - noone else on the mountain. Residual snow is avoidable. Still not sure which of the two summits is higher, but will use the Peakbagger identity in the caption below (i.e., true summit is NW of the subpeak). Probably a good idea to walk the short ridge and get 'em both to be sure! 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: merrion13
Info: Climbed the NE Slope then skied off the NE summit. Was able to nearly 100% piece together a descent from this summit, one small section needed walking. Melting FAST, going to be much more sporadic in a week. South of Democrat looked fantastic! 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2022-05-14, By: gcook33
Info: Parked at the gate, 1 mile below Kite Lake. Followed this route for the most part, about 50% snow cover but a decent amount can be avoided. Snow very supportive in the morning, and made for awesome glissades around 9am. 5 miles, 2200' grabbing both summits. 
Route: South ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-28, By: halfapackofapache
Info: I parked at the Paris mill and immediately went west toward buckskins south ridge rather than walking the road up to kite lake. The snow was anywhere from calf to waist deep for about 15-20 min as I crossed over to the ridge. The rock was very loose and it was fairly steep gaining the ridge itself. But it was practically bone dry. Once on the ridge itself it was smooth sailing. I brought micro spikes with me but never put them on. I wore trail runners the whole time as there wasn't much snow and most of it could be avoided. It was windy all day on the ridge as expected. Passed over Loveland mtn on the way to buckskin. I descended the northeast slope off buckskin down to kite lake. There was a clear route down with hardly any snow as long as I rock hopped effectively. Snow was very soft in the afternoon with the warm temps near kite lake. Jogged back from kite lake to the car. I saw TONS of avy activity over on Democrat. I chose this ridge hike to avoid as much snow as I could and I'd say it worked very well. Started at 11am back to the car at 4pm. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2021-08-28, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Beautiful and windy day in the alpine. Dry conditions all the way to the summit. Incredible to see all the cars parked on the road for the 14ers... and pure solitude on Buckskin and Loveland. Saw only 3 people the whole day. Fall is coming, tundra is slowly changing colors. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2021-06-29, By: mijoflynn
Info: The weekend snow that Koy mentioned yesterday was hanging around in places on my way up at 7:00, but was mostly gone by the time I made my way down at 10:00. There is a consolidated snowfield at the very base of the slope, but it's no trouble to walk over. This was the third straight hike that low-hanging clouds chased me up a valley; it's starting to feel personal. Visibility was 20-30 feet by the time I made the summit; I waited an hour for it to clear, and when it didn't, I gave up on Loveland and headed back down. Plenty of people at Kite Lake, some doing the Decalibron. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2021-06-28, By: Koy
Info: There's an annoying layer of snow on the standard route right now, but it goes just fine w/o spikes or crampons. Going down is a little more than tedious, but ok if you maintain focus on your footing. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-12-05, By: durkan
Info: Small drift of snow just before kite late, but gate open. I would not say any SUV with FWD/AWD would have an issue making it. From Kite Lake, no snowshoes required if you start early enough. Traction helps, but not 100% required. After the powerlines, just aimed for the ridge and ascended close to proper. No apparent avy risk if you avoid the right areas. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: jbealer
Info: Parked at gate, road is dry. Used spikes starting at the bathroom, took summer trail up. Broke trail never sinking to deep to warrant snowshoes. Steep section up we rock hopped between snow patches. Ridge you can avoid most snow, route to NW summit had more ridge snow, again only spikes were used. Couple came up after us so good trail in snow now. Made our way over to loveland, no spikes. We descended off loveland, put spikes on halfway down making our way to the car at the gate. Snow much deeper in places, up to knees in the willows. Still found it better then retracing our steps back to buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-30, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Just enough snow to cover route. Snowshoes not needed though, but spikes were very help. Trail to Loveland Mtn was also covered and spikes were nice to have. Hit a nice glissade going down Loveland. Saw several moose in willows. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-10-08, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Summer conditions; marshes between Lake Emma trail and slope to power lines blissfully dry. Easy enough to be a great late afternoon hike, and even when the wind picked up, I was warm enough with just a base layer. 
Route: Tweto - Buckskin Traverse
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: daway8
Info: No snow in the way across the traverse from Tweto to Buckskin. It was very windy but the wind was coming mostly from the left (north) when going from Tweto to Buckskin. The most viable trail (when not on the ridge itself) is on the right (south) so the winds weren't too much of an issue. Many of the fun features were shielded from the wind. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: dhagan
Info: Dry. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: Sglm14
Info: Patches of snow from approximately 13,200-13,600 but completely avoidable. Sky's hazy from the wildfire, otherwise good weather day to be out 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Summer conditions. Quite the bog after the Lake Emma trail split (missed this trail entirely in the dark early morning, though, somehow and trudged through the bog). Steep slope but easy to navigate. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-07-20, By: CaptCO
Info: Summer conditions. Hiked this last night which required a little route finding. Threw a cairn up on the main trail split as the GPX route goes into water. 
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