Buffalo Mountain Trailhead


Range: Gore Range
Coordinates: 39.62015, -106.109767

Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
The Buffalo Mountain and Lily Pad Trailheads share parking and are only a couple hundred yards apart on opposite ends of the parking area. The coordinates are for the Buffalo Mountain Trailhead sign. Parking is across the road from the trailhead sign.

Driving Directions

From exit 205 on I-70 turn onto CO-9 North/Blue River Parkway. After 0.3 miles turn left onto Wildernest Road. Continue another 0.3 miles and turn left onto Ryan Gulch Road. Stay on Ryan Gulch Road for 3.2 miles as it switchbackups up a hillside in Silverthorne and reach the signed trailhead on the right. Parking is off to the left and is shared with the Lily Pad Trailhead.

Winter Access

Open year-round.
Status Updates 
Posted By: madmattd
Info: No status reports for this one? Well, it is a paved parking lot off the road, striped and everything. Lot holds 20-30 cars, and is used for both Buffalo Mountain and Lily Pad trailheads. Very clear and obvious "no parking beyond this point" signs on either end of the lot. When I was leaving, a cop appeared to be ticketing 2 vehicles that had moved traffic cones and parked right in front of the "no parking beyond this point" sign (fully on the wrong side). Bold move by those 2 owners.

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