Mt. Buckskin  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2018-01-31, By: seano
Info: Late fall conditions: the snow was breakable wind-crust over sugar, and easily avoided. I drove a bit under a mile past the mill in an Element, parking before a drift, but the road was mostly dry to Kite Lake. No need for floatation or traction in the area. I drove down 285 in the afternoon, and conditions are similar or drier in the Sawatch and Sangres. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-08-09, By: SkiColorado93
Info: There was a small dusting of snow on the top, along with the DeCaLiBron route, but other than that it was summer conditions. The dusting of snow on top made the ridge walk over to Buckskin's northwest summit slippery at times. The walk from the Lake Emma trail to the base of Buckskin was pretty swampy- stay on the trail longer before heading left to the base of Buckskin for a drier hike. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-07-08, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: Clear all the way to the summit. All snow can be avoided. A good point to traverse onto the slope from the lake is to go in the direction of the "three pole" power line. All others are two poles. Great day out there. Not a single person on the trail on a weekend. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-05-08, By: madadraw1
Info: Got 4 miles up the road, 2 miles short of Kite Lake. Left road early on, hanging to the left to take more direct route going in the NW direction to reach the bottom of Buckskin's NE slope. Corn snow from summit to TH. Did not ski the usual route from the secondary summit. Just turned around at true summit given I was hiking ahead of my partner and didn't want to lose them on descent. Plus thunderstorms were coming. Ditched ski's just after 13K and booted to summit. The NE slope is almost completely free of snow. But, the ski route from secondary summit looked sweet. Had fun skiing from 12.7K down back to the car. 
Route: South Ridge from Loveland Mt.
Posted On: 2017-05-07, By: screeman57
Info: Climbed the East slopes of Loveland Mt. on mostly bare tundra. The SE ridge of Buckskin is sporty at the moment, with some big, well-consolidated snow patches on the ridge proper. Continued to NW Buckskin almost entirely on supportive snow. Mad glissade of the gully N of the sub-summit to escape incoming storms. The basin of Buckskin Creek holds deep snow, which was softening considerably by 1pm. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2017-04-02, By: koeffling
Info: The road to Kite Lake was plowed today to the private property area maybe a mile from the lake, we parked just below the private property sign on a pull out on the side of the road. Packed snow along the road, we split off to Buckskin with anywhere from 2-12" of postholing up the lower slopes avoiding the steeper angles. Upper slopes and ridge were mostly windswept until the summit ridge, packed snow. I brought snowshoes and carried them on my pack the whole day but with knee deep postholing in places, probably could have put them to good use. Wore microspikes a fair amount, my partner with crampons. 
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Route: South Ridge via Loveland Mountain then NE descent
Posted On: 2017-01-01, By: Stratosfearsome
Info: Beautiful and windy today on Mount Buckskin. Parked at the kite lake road closure (where plowing ends) @ Paris Mill last night. ~ 2.5mi from Alma turnoff. Tried to take a shortcut this morning and got cliffed out. Typical me. Too dangerous with loaded snow in the in-between gullies, too. Headed south. Lost an hour and a half but it was really cool looking at plants and birds and rocks and things. Broke trail until about 11'500 when I found another set of snowshoe tracks. Did not need snowshoes above tree-line. Scoured terrain, and a face full of wind (~20mph from North) until about 13,300 when I hit the high ridge and then some gusts from the west hit 40-50. Descended more or less the standard NE ridge route. Little snow on it's edge ridge and wind swept as well. Did not see another human all day. 
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Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-07-11, By: flyingmagpie
Info: Climbed Buckskin from Kite Lake trailhead on a Friday. Found trailhead to be extremely busy with Decalibron climbers. Main lot almost full. Cars that couldn't make the last quarter mile of rough road strung out parked alongside the road in a long line below. In contrast, I was alone going up Buckskin. There is a line of wind-drifted snow just below the ridge from where the NE slope joins the ridge to the summit. I passed easily on the talus below the snow, and the summit and wind shelter there was clear. Beautiful weather, warm day, fine climb. No problems with the route. Kite Lake open. Emma Lake still 2/3 frozen and thawing slowly. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: Shattuck311
Info: Basically Summer conditions between Democrat and Buckskin. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2016-05-31, By: eskermo
Info: Rode off the summit of Buckskin down continuous snow almost 2,500', all the way back to about 200' from my car. The road is open to about 11,400'. For hiking, just stay on the road. For skiers/splitters, drop down a little off the road - skinning the creek bed is the way to go with a good freeze. I was able to skin from the car at 11,400' up to about 12,600' (about 1.75 miles). From there it was a pretty straightforward ridge climb to the summit. The climb up was a mixed bag. There were patches of snow I would climb at some points, and other times I followed trail segments or hopped up talus. The cornice up top wasn't too scary, I just stayed wide left without dropping too low. Although the west summit looked fat, the snow right off the top of the main summit was great. The first 2000' were excellent. The deproach out of Buckskin Creek to the car was much more smooth and fast than expected, but there were still a few sections of poling just to keep moving. 
Route: Via Loveland
Posted On: 2015-11-14, By: JQDivide
Info: Hit Buckskin from Loveland. We came up Loveland‘s east slope from the Kite Lake Road. Ridge over was fairly clear. I expected more snow from the storm on Wednesday. Three others hikers came up the Eastern edge of the NE slope, which was fairly clear of snow. Lots of snow in the lower portion of the basin, but the upper areas were pretty wind blown. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2015-07-25, By: JasonKline
Info: Plenty of 2WD, four-door sedans made it to the Kite Lake trailhead. You can avoid the remaining snow on the route to Buckskin and Loveland. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2015-06-29, By: Kitten
Info: Some patches of snow here and there, but most can be avoided. If you want to glissade down there are still some nice snowy areas. We saw a skier on the peak, not sure how he came down. I suspect in a week or two all the snow will be melted. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2015-03-15, By: Monster5
Info: Setup a shuttle from the Kite Lake Rd to the Mosquito pass closure at the CR 12/696 closure. Followed the rd (well packed) to around 11450 and bee-lined up the slopes to Loveland (snowshoes, any potential avy spots easily avoided). Ridge to Buckskin (class 2) snow/talus. Ridge to Tweto (class 3) required occasional jaunts onto the more stable S aspects at the notches. Ridge to Treasurevault/Mosquito/Kuss snow and tundra (snowshoes used for ease but not needed). Ridge up to London (class 1) pretty much dry with a few snow sections up top. I wouldn‘t recommend descending London‘s SE ridge - somewhat interesting. Descending London via the same route up (NW ridge) would be the safest though longer. A more southerly descent route to 696 might work too. Most avy crowns (ENE) were 3-6 IN and somewhat small. Some wet slide point releases on SE aspects. Not much snow. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2013-06-28, By: mtgirl
Info: The few remaining snow fields can be easily avoided. The basin below the power lines was pretty mucky - I wore gortex trail runners and was just fine. The ridge over to Loveland is also free of snow. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2011-08-03, By: TravelingMatt
Info: No snow to worry about. I came up over Loveland Mountain and parked on Kite Lake Road near the building at 11,400 feet. The creek is still running high and fast and I resorted to fording with socks off. Above the creek it is possible to follow an old jeep road up to about 11,800, then grassy slopes from there up to Loveland. If you're content just doing an out-and-back rather than a loop hike, the creek crossing issue can be avoided by starting closer to Kite Lake. 
Route: Northeast Slope
Posted On: 2011-04-09, By: taylorzs
Info: Had a camera issue so I am not sure if I will be able to write a tr yet but wanted you all to know; ascended east slopes of Loveland Mountain and then hiked to Mt. Buckskin and snowboarded the northeast slopes. Northeast slopes of Buckskin is rideable/skiable from the summit to the winter closure TH with a little billygoating around dry patches on the road. Road between winter TH and summer TH had a couple melted out spots but mostly still snowcovered and skinnable from winter TH. Democrat‘s south face coverage is great right now. Bross was pretty bare. No summit descent possible on Bross from Kite Lake. Cameron had a filled in line coming down to Kite Lake from near the summit and from what I could see of the top of Lincoln from Buckskin‘s summit, atleast the upper part of the Russian couloir is in. 

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