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
. Near 13,600', the descent gets a bit more steep - 5
. 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
shows the terrain which must be re-climbed to return over Mt. Buckskin.