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Buffalo Peaks

Postby Bob Kocher » Tue May 21, 2013 12:18 pm

Anyone drive by the Buffalo Peaks (just NE of Buena Vista) this past weekend and could give me an idea of how much snow is on them (covered, just snow fields, etc)? I'm considering them this weekend and any info or pics, especially of the north side would be helpful.

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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby AndYouSeeMe » Tue May 21, 2013 12:24 pm

I don't have any pics but I can tell you the gate right off of 285 on the 431 forest road to access the peaks from the east was still closed as of Sunday.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby johnF » Tue May 21, 2013 12:42 pm

I drove down rte 9 south from Breckenridge on Sunday, so I had views of the Buffalo Peaks from the north and east, and they looked maybe 90% white above treeline, if my memory's working. My guess would be that the north side still has fairly deep snow in most spots.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby CO Native » Tue May 21, 2013 12:49 pm

Not a great image but you can see them in this webcam: http://www.cotrip.org/images/ws/camera?imageURL=160
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby Bob Kocher » Tue May 21, 2013 12:56 pm

hmm, that could be postholing fun with the warmer temps into the weekend. thanks for the quick responses. I just left a message at the South Park Ranger District asking about the roads into the BP Wilderness. I'll update this once I hear back.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby Rarefied » Tue May 21, 2013 1:49 pm

I understand you are more interested in the north side but, if it will help, the south aspect is perhaps ~40% covered with the west aspect being perhaps 70%.

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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby Bob Kocher » Fri May 24, 2013 11:45 am

I forgot to update this once I talked to the Fairplay FS office. They confirmed what AndYouSeeMe saw and said the gate for FS431 won't open until sometime in early-mid June and there's still a lot of snow in the BP Wilderness. The ranger said CR22 was open (I think that road goes to Weston Pass and campground, although I might be mistaken), but there was a bridge that was "unstable" ... um, how's that ... but the road's open?!?!

Guess I'll go to plan B for this weekend and come back later in the season. Thanks for everyone's info.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby jeffskio » Fri May 24, 2013 12:00 pm

Bob, thanks for the update. I would have arrived at a closed gate tomorrow.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby ColoradoEd » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:04 am

anyone have more recent info? Thinking about heading this way over the weekend.
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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby Rarefied » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:19 pm

South & west aspects are probably down to ~10% coverage now.


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Re: Buffalo Peaks

Postby Paul S » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:04 pm

Rarefied wrote:South & west aspects are probably down to ~10% coverage now.


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Here's what they looked like from the summit of Marmot Peak yesterday.

Buffalo Peaks from Marmot Peak.jpg
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