Backpack the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop

Backpack the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop

Rich Creek Campground

Distance

11.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

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Adrien Patané

Forest
Scenic

Colorado's Spring & early Summer hiking at its best - this underrated gem traverses the little known Buffalo Peaks Wilderness, forming a loop that spans open meadows, gorgeous forests and rushing creeks. Even better there's a good chance you'll find solitude in whats considered one of the best overnight hikes in the region.

Starting at the Rich Creek Campground this wonderful moderate hike forms a loop by connecting the Rich Creek Trail and the Tumble Creek trail. in the Buffalo Peaks wilderness.

Flanked by the Collegiate Peaks, in Spring and Summer the area is awash with rushing creeks, lush wet lowlands & deep green forests.  The scenery along the hike varies widely & with only moderate traffic you may have much of the view to yourself.

Whilst the loop can certainly be completed in a long day, its best to break it up over 2 days, take your time and enjoy the stunning scenery.

There are various campsites spread along the loop & depending on which way you take the hike, (counter-clockwise is most common) you can generally find one easily enough.  One of the best locales is Buffalo Meadows - pretty much in the middle of the loop, with expansive views over the verdant green landscape.

Access to water generally isn't a problem with many creeks along the route, and there are good water sources near the Buffalo Meadows campsites.

Sunrise and sunsets here are especially gorgeous, the early morning Sun filtering through the low lying mist is exceedingly beautiful and well worth the effort getting up early for.  

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $232/night

Elk Run

Frisco, Colorado

From $125/night

Copper Mountain Inn

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From $235/night

Timber Creek

Frisco, Colorado

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Find solitude 2 hours from the Front Range

Such a great backpacking loop. The trail is quite short and easy for an overnighter, and the camping spots halfway around the loop in the high alpine meadow are beautiful. Camp 2 nights and summit the Buffalo Peaks 13ers if you want more of a challenge.

Distance

11.7 Miles

Elevation Gain

2000 Feet

Activities

Photography, Backpacking, Hiking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Year Round

Type

Loop

Added by

Adrien Patané

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