Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,921' 585 m
Descent: -1,917' -584 m
High: 11,575' 3,528 m
Low: 9,968' 3,038 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A loop leading through secluded, wide open terrain with beautiful scenery.”— Joshua Wells
- Depending on the time of year there can be multiple creek crossings along the trail, mostly in the meadows after the Tumble Creek fork. These can be a little tricky to cross without getting wet so just be creative.
- Parking is somewhat limited at the trailhead but there may be more space along the road.
Going counter-clockwise, the trail starts by following the Rich Creek Trail #616 for about half the run. Along Rich Creek, you'll mostly be going through evergreen forests until you get to the top of the gorge and reach the meadows. The meadows tend to have mellower elevation gain but are still fairly steady until you reach the Tumble Creek fork.
After the fork you'll now be on the Tumble Creek Trail #617 and it will mostly be downhill from there. Right before the end of the loop there is one last ridge to climb, but it's through a nicely shaded aspen forests and it isn't too steep.
There is ample water along most of the run, though it does appear to contain a lot of iron. So bring a filter and don't be freaked out by the redness of the water.
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