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|2015-07-24||Route: Northeast Slope
Info: Plenty of 2WD, four-door sedans made it to the Kite Lake trailhead. You can avoid the remaining snow on the route to Buckskin and Loveland.
|2015-06-28||Route: Northeast Slope
Info: Some patches of snow here and there, but most can be avoided. If you want to glissade down there are still some nice snowy areas. We saw a skier on the peak, not sure how he came down. I suspect in a week or two all the snow will be melted.
|2015-03-15||Route: Northeast Slope
Info: Setup a shuttle from the Kite Lake Rd to the Mosquito pass closure at the CR 12/696 closure. Followed the rd (well packed) to around 11450 and bee-lined up the slopes to Loveland (snowshoes, any potential avy spots easily avoided). Ridge to Buckskin (class 2) snow/talus. Ridge to Tweto (class 3) required occasional jaunts onto the more stable S aspects at the notches. Ridge to Treasurevault/Mosquito/Kuss snow and tundra (snowshoes used for ease but not needed). Ridge up to London (class 1) pretty much dry with a few snow sections up top. I wouldn‘t recommend descending London‘s SE ridge - somewhat interesting. Descending London via the same route up (NW ridge) would be the safest though longer. A more southerly descent route to 696 might work too. Most avy crowns (ENE) were 3-6 IN and somewhat small. Some wet slide point releases on SE aspects. Not much snow.
|2013-06-28||Route: Northeast Slope
Info: The few remaining snow fields can be easily avoided. The basin below the power lines was pretty mucky - I wore gortex trail runners and was just fine. The ridge over to Loveland is also free of snow.
|2011-08-02||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: No snow to worry about. I came up over Loveland Mountain and parked on Kite Lake Road near the building at 11,400 feet. The creek is still running high and fast and I resorted to fording with socks off. Above the creek it is possible to follow an old jeep road up to about 11,800, then grassy slopes from there up to Loveland. If you‘re content just doing an out-and-back rather than a loop hike, the creek crossing issue can be avoided by starting closer to Kite Lake.
|2011-04-08||Route: Northeast Slope
Info: Had a camera issue so I am not sure if I will be able to write a tr yet but wanted you all to know; ascended east slopes of Loveland Mountain and then hiked to Mt. Buckskin and snowboarded the northeast slopes. Northeast slopes of Buckskin is rideable/skiable from the summit to the winter closure TH with a little billygoating around dry patches on the road. Road between winter TH and summer TH had a couple melted out spots but mostly still snowcovered and skinnable from winter TH. Democrat‘s south face coverage is great right now. Bross was pretty bare. No summit descent possible on Bross from Kite Lake. Cameron had a filled in line coming down to Kite Lake from near the summit and from what I could see of the top of Lincoln from Buckskin‘s summit, atleast the upper part of the Russian couloir is in.