Ascent of Buffalo Mountain on 2012-04-28

Climber: Ken Jones

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Buffalo Mountain
    Elevation:8206 ft / 2501 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Thanks to John Vitz for basic approach information.)


Leave Interstate 80 at exit 112 for Coal Canyon Road. Follow Coal Canyon Road easterly 13.0 miles to a fork, signed for four destinations (one pass and three valleys) where you will go left on another paved road. In 6.5 miles, just past a slight bend to the left, turn left onto a good, often gravel road (but this road could be questionable in wet conditions) and follow it for 5.4 miles. At this point you will be at the crest of a small ridge, having ignored one or two minor left turn options just before getting here. Maps show these other alternatives, but you want to continue to the crest for the best road as of this writing. Turn left onto a reasonable road (passenger cars should be okay for at least part of it, depending on current conditions) and follow it 1.9 miles to the junction mapped at 4885'. Bear right - above here there is more brush in the center of the road and some clearance is advised. In 0.3 mile pass a trailer on the right - this looked to be in active use but I saw no one there either on my approach or my departure. In another 0.1 mile keep right at a junction marked by a stack of tires; this is map junction 5061'. In another 0.4 mile reach a fork where the brush starts crowding the sides of the road. I parked my rental vehicle at a wide spot a very short distance up the right fork, and began my hike up the left fork.


See the attached GPS track. Generally, I followed the jeep road uphill until it faded, continued to the N-S ridge, headed north past point 6783' to the east ridge of the peak, and followed that to the summit. There are a number of cliffy obstacles on the east ridge; these can best be passed on the north side keeping closely below the base of the cliffs. My GPS track shows my up-bound path on the south side of the summit; this is not recommended as it is quite steep and loose in comparison to the northern side that I descended.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3096 ft / 943 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3096 ft / 943 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3046 ft / 928 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2956 ft / 901 m; Extra: 90 ft / 27m
    Loss on way in:90 ft / 27 m
    Route:south and east ridges
    Start Trailhead:Mining road junction  5250 ft / 1600 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3006 ft / 916 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2956 ft / 901 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Gain on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Route:south and east ridges
    End Trailhead:Mining road junction  5250 ft / 1600 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

Download this GPS track as a GPX file

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