Peak(s):  East Buffalo Peak  -  13,300 feet
West Buffalo Peak  -  13,326 feet
Date Posted:  06/18/2011
Date Climbed:   06/10/2011
Author:  mlayman09
 West and East Buffalo Peaks   

West and East Buffalo Peaks
Buffalo Peaks Wilderness
Starting elevation: 9680 ft.
Total elevation change: 8500 ft.
Mileage: 12 miles
Time: 6 hours

Participants: Aaron Voth (menno guy), Ben Goossen, Matt Layman, Joel Unzicker.

Took a forest service road outside of Buena Vista as far as Aaron's subaru could go and parked. Hiked about 2 miles on the road then entered Buffalo Peaks wilderness and hiked along a stream for about half a mile. Crossed the creek where a campground was and entered an aspen grove heading NE. Followed a trail then cut NW up a rocky, forested ridge to treeline where we could see both of the peaks. Took a break for some food and water then went up to West Buffalo. Took about an hour to climb 2200 ft. in 3/4 mile. Ate lunch up top, had a terrific view of the collegiate peaks. Traversed over to East Buffalo and threw rocks off the dramatic eastern edge. Slid down the talus slope to a grouping of dead bristlecones then followed the ridge down to our trail which led to the trail along the creek and back to the road.

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