Loveland Mountain
North Ridge from Mt. Buckskin
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Kite Lake
Start:12,000 feet
Summit:13,692 feet
Total Gain:2,600 feet
RT Length:4.25 miles
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:12 reports
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Take Colorado 9 to Alma. In the middle of town and on the west side of the road, look for a small sign for the road to Kite Lake. It's across the road from the "Caniglia Real Estate" building. Turn here and drive a bit through a residential area. Continue 6 miles to Kite Lake. The last mile of this road can be a bit more rough, but a good-clearance 2WD should still be able to make it to within a couple hundred yards of the TH lot, when the road is dry. There are restrooms and some camping spots at the trailhead. You must pay a $5 fee to park/camp at Kite Lake. If you park below, walk up the road to Kite Lake.


This route is a great way to climb Mt. Buckskin and Loveland Mountain, together. Yes, there's approximately 450' of regain on your return hike but it's still only a total of 2,600' of elevation gain. If you've already climbed Buckskin, you can bypass Buckskin's exact summit, saving about a 1/4 mile off of your total distance.

First, use Mt. Buckskin's Northeast Slope route to reach Buckskin's summit or the southeastern end of the summit ridge - 1. Hike over to the summit of Buckskin ( 2) and return to the end of the ridge to begin the traverse to Loveland Mountain - 3 and 4. Near 13,600', the descent gets a bit more steep - 5 and 6. Continue down to the Buckskin-Loveland saddle, near 13,450' - 7.

Follow a trail to the Loveland side of the saddle where the terrain gets a bit more rugged - 8. Stay on or just right of the ridge crest and continue up to 13,600' where the trail traverses right, along the west side of the mountain - 9. Cross the rocky terrain ( 10) to reach an open area ( 11) and leave the trail to gain the summit - 12, 13 and 14. 15 shows the terrain which must be re-climbed to return over Mt. Buckskin.


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