Mt. Buckskin  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-07-13, By: mjlucarelli
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. 
Route: Democrat - Buckskin Traverse
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: davisschenk
Info: Verglas and snow on the traverse due to a recent snow storm, it was melting fast though and will likely be gone soon. An axe would have been nice on the descent from buckskin for a glissade but I was fine with just poles and spikes. 
Route: Southeast Ridge with descent of Northeast Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: mountainman102
Info: Hiked the Southeast Ridge collecting Loveland Mountain on the way to Mt. Buckskin as well as Buckskin's Northwestern summit. Some snow on the Southeast ridge route, but it is almost all avoidable if you walk around it. Snow on the lower parts of the descent of the Northeast Slopes (standard route). I used snowshoes here which ended up being helpful. Road was clear all the way to gate (which was closed). There were still some ski lines down Mt. Democrat, but it would be tough to find a continuous line down Buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: pbarn
Info: Beautiful day on Bucks. Still a lot of snow but seemingly less than previous report. Snowshoes helpful across the creek basin and up until about 12.5k, then largely dry. Winter gate still closed as of today. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: dwoodward13
Info: Booted up the road. Left the road before Kite Lake and contoured around to an old mine shack and then up to the powerlines to the the ridge. Used snowshoes from the road to about 13.5k. Used spikes the rest of way to the summit. Headed to Loveland from Buckskin following the trail and descended a thinly snow covered rib from Loveland back to the road. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-04-20, By: dcruz654
Info: Parked at Paris Mill, no driving past that right now. Broke off the road a bit before kite lake. Hiked up the northeast slope sticking mostly to rocks as that was easier. Found mostly continuous snow from the summit all the way back to the car, though the rock dodging was real around 12,800. There was A LOT of pole pushing on the road. Stuff closer to the northwest summit looked a bit better coverage wise, but we opted to take the most conservative route from the summit. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2020-04-05, By: Danger_D
Info: Road is closed at Paris Mill which adds ~5 easy miles to the round trip. Road up to Kite Lake is packed down by snowmobile tracks. I turned south towards Buckskin before reaching the summer TH at Kite Lake and shaved off about a mile from the trip. Needed floatation until the windblown ridge around 12,500'. After I hit the ridge is was straight forward. I used microspikes on a short section of summit ridge and on the descent, and it came in handy. I somehow managed to not take a single picture of the route, but here are a few pics of Democrat and Kite Lake from various points on Buckskin 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-10-04, By: supranihilest
Info: An easy and pretty route, the northeast slopes of Buckskin are generally without trail. There's a trail from Kite Lake Trailhead but it actually goes to Lake Emma, so your best bet is to generally just go in a straight line up Buckskin. There's some trail segments here and there but they're usually considerably looser than the tundra or the talus, so I avoided them; you might want to as well. Buckskin has two summits and the farther one (farther to the northwest) is by all indications the higher of the two despite not being marked so on maps. It appears higher from the southeast summit; the southeast summit appears lower from the northwest summit; the northwest summit has a much larger cairn and the summit register. The traverse between the two is Class 2, maybe Class 2+ in a very direct line. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-07-16, By: Trailrunner
Info: Snow-free excepting a small patch on the trail just above Kite Lake. The conditions report from 7/4 showed a lot more snow on the route over to the power lines than what exists now - it's a marshy mess thanks to rapid melt, leading to some fast-flowing streams and a lot of hidden puddles in the willows. I ended up finding a crossing deeper in the basin over snow. Plan on wet feet if you go any time soon. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: TaylorHolt
Info: Route from Kite Lake is mostly free of snow. There are some patches to cross just past the trailhead, but once you start heading up the slope under the power lines, it's possible to navigate between the snow patches. Microspikes were somewhat useful at the beginning of the trail, but no snowshoes, axe, or crampons are necessary. Ridge to Loveland is completely dry. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2019-05-14, By: djacobson
Info: Snowshoes were definitely needed. From the gate we started with them on and kept them on until the continuous rock area about 3/4 of the way up. We stayed right at the base of the first hill and went up then traversed the top back to the left towards the power lines to avoid avy terrain. Next part was fairly steep but straightforward (photo 1). Significant cornice on the summit ridge (photo 3) but there is a band of rock headed diagonal towards the summit that you could hike along (photo 2). Cornice at final summit push as well (photo 5). Ice axe was helpful. Brought traction but didn't use anything other than snowshoes and mountaineering boots. Glissaded most of the way down. Gorgeous hike with full winter conditions. Snow above knee deep in spots. 
Route: Traverse from Loveland
Posted On: 2019-05-08, By: Ptglhs
Info: Traverse is mostly snow free. A few spots where traction would be good -you'd need it to get up either the standard route or Loveland. Buckskin looked good for skiing as did the main chute coming down Loveland. Standard route up Buckskin looked mostly snow covered. 
Route: Via:Loveland mountain
Posted On: 2019-03-18, By: Giant hills
Info: 4wd road leading to the ridge of Loveland had a small snowshoe and skin track to follow. Once the road reached the ridge we left it and broke to the right and bushwacked through the trees to the treeline. There should be a nice trail going to treeline until next snowfall. Once at treeline it was a straight shot up lovelands slope to the summit. Wore flotation until last few hundred feet,buddy was on skins up until that point also. Traverse from Loveland to buckskin wasn't bad. It was pretty wind blown. I didn't take the trail because it crossed some snow slopes and was filled in with slick powder. I stayed on the ridge proper the whole way which made it way more fun and had a few little scramble parts. There was a cornice 50ft from buckskin summit that gave me pause for just a second(last photo) just lined up with the rocks and used my axe for that section because a slip would've been into a steep slope/gulley. No traction was used. My friend skied Loveland on the way down. It had a lot of wind drift so making for a bumpy ride but lower slopes and trees were nice.managed to get a few good rides of the saucer in on it to haha. Fun good weather day. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-12-31, By: mtn_nut
Info: Did it without snowshoes, but snowshoes would have been nice between kite lake and the ridge. Descended the main gully to the southeast of the peak, just enough snow in the gully to avoid the scree, but not enough to pose an avy risk. Would recommend crampons for the gully, but the standard route didn't really need crampons, microspikes were nice. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-12-16, By: WildWanderer
Info: Perfect conditions today. Gate closed 1 mile below Kite Lake. Snowshoes helpful from lake through the basin to Buckskin's Northeast slope. From there crampons are needed (or snowshoes with crampons... microspikes aren't going to cut it). There is a lot of unstable snow before approaching the summit ridge. Don't try to head straight up the slope: stay near the power lines and you'll be fine. It's steeper than it looks. There's a small but firm cornice forming on the ridge, which makes the last push to the summit easy. My ice axe was helpful, but not necessary. 
Route: Ridge from Loveland Mtn
Posted On: 2018-10-21, By: cardgenius
Info: Lots of snow. Brought snowshoes and used them all the way up the south slope of Loveland. Stashed them once on the ridge. After that gaiters and microspikes the rest of the way to Buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-07-06, By: zinj
Info: Kite Lake peaks are all in summer conditions with only small snow remnants easily avoided Lake Emma retains just a bit of ice Weston Fire smoke is main environmental hazard (apart from normal monsoon t-storms) 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-06-02, By: HikerGuy
Info: You can avoid most of the snow by avoiding the trail from parking lot. Park below and find your way up through the willows to join the trail. There are some small streams to jump. Maybe one snowfield that was unavoidable, but it was short and firm. Otherwise dry. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: bbishop02
Info: Road is clear almost the entire way to Kite Lake, a little patch of snow right before the parking lot. The hike still has several snow fields to cross. If you aim to stay left of the defined route and head more up the ridge proper you can avoid the snow fields at the top. The creek is flowing and the snow bridges are not solid, but a good jump can get you across. Shoot for the power pole that has three poles and then head up the ridge from there to avoid the snow. Never needed microspikes or snow shoes. Gaiters we useful for the soft snow and wet marshy areas. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-04-23, By: r_grizz
Info: Climbed and skied Mt. Buckskin with user Crowdsurf (he snowshoed) on what turned out to be a legendary April day. Had the mountain completely to ourselves while DCLB were crawling with hikers/skiers. Morning winds started out 60-70 mph and then died like somebody turned off the spigot at about 11:00. Parked at the Sweet Home Mine (silver metal) building. Road's covered in consistent, drifted snow beyond that. The route was easy to see. Pretty much follow the power lines up the first headwall and then stick to the broad ridge on climbers left. It's a slog and sustained steep-ish pitch the whole way, but mostly wind scoured and easy hiking. Shouldered the skis and used microspikes after the first headwall to the summit. Traversed ridge to the saddle with the "NW Summit" to access a clean descent line. North facing slope was a mix of new powder from Friday/Saturday and breakable crust. Made for low quality glissading and average snow for skiing, but still a blast. The second level slopes provided some nice skiing and glissading options as well, some with high slope angle but very crusty top layer. Lots of large, natural wet slides propagating from most cliff bands on easterly aspects by afternoon. Can easily ski all the way back to the TH. Logged 4.7 miles according to the Garmin. 

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