Ascent of Buffalo Mountain on 2010-03-20

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Saturday, March 20, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buffalo Mountain
    Elevation:7997 ft / 2437 m

Ascent Trip Report

Directions: Take I-80 Exit 194 at Golconda head south on the signed Pumpernickle Road (graded gravel) for 10.5 miles where the road curves left and descends through a gap, at mile 11.5 cross a one lane bridge the immediately turn left(East) onto signed Pumpernickle Loop Rd (2wd high clearance dirt rd, 4wd if wet), follow for about 2.8 miles to a junction with a dirt ranch road to the right, take this road for 1.3 miles to a "T" intersection and park. You will see a road heading up the slopes to the east this is where you need to get to. It is a jeep road that ends at 5600ft. Next follow the moderate grade on open ground along the southwest ridgeline until about 7100ft where you need to sidehill around the base of some large rock outcroppings, the left(north) side would be a better choice but use caution if snow covered due to fairly steep slopes. If you stay on the ridge you will encounter class III
up and down climbing. After passing the outcroppings continue up a moderate grade along the ridgeline to the summit. Summit registry in a glass jar.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3557 ft / 1084 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3557 ft / 1083 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.8 mi / 18.9 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3557 ft / 1084 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3457 ft / 1054 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:Pumpernickle Loop Rd  4540 ft / 1383 m
    Time:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3457 ft / 1053 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:West Ridge
    End Trailhead:Pumpernickle Loop Rd  4540 ft / 1383 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes

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