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Buffalo Creek  

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Submitted By: Darin Lang on Nov 30, 1999
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Getting There 

Basically, Buffalo Creek is a small burg in between Deckers and Pine on CO 126. The Buffalo Creek area is scattered and a bit confusing with many forest roads and dead ends in the area. It may be best to beg, borrow, or steal a guidebook with a good map of the area. Skinner Mountain, however, is easy to find. Just drive South from Pine (or North from Deckers) on CO 126 until you reach the Kelsey Campground. Park on the road outside the campground unless you want to pay the fee, and then hike West for about 15 minutes on an indistinct trail marked by the occasional cairn. This trail will deposit you about 50 feet above the start of Wally World. Skinner, and the rest of the rocks in the Buffalo Creek area, contains the usual S. Platte mix of quality cracks, less-than quality cracks, and runout slabs.

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120 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',53],['1 Star',24],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Buffalo Creek:
A Side Crack   V0- 4-     Boulder, 15'   Obscure Buffalo Creek Rocks
Southeast Gully   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 5 pitches, 1000'   The Castle
Lookatdat   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Skinner Mountain
Taint   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 165'   Asshole Rock
Fun Climb 101   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Top Of The World : Ragnarok
Midlife Crisis Variation   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Little Scraggy Dome
Cardiac Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Asshole Rock
Central Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Skinner Mountain
Two Jews Blues   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 3 pitches, 400'   Little Scraggy Dome
Castle Corner aka Unnamed 5.10   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Castle
Wiggins Route   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 425'   The Castle
Nazi's Demise   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Da Butts
Dumb-De-Dumb-Dumb   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Da Butts
Throne Room   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 600'   The Castle
Craggy Tur   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Little Scraggy Dome
Kayla's Way   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Da Butts
Rapunzel   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   The Castle
Showcase   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad   Da Butts
Smoke a Fatty   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c V2 5+     Trad, TR, Boulder, 20'   Obscure Buffalo Creek Rocks
deGaulle's Nose free route   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Obscure Buffalo Creek Rocks
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Featured Route For Buffalo Creek
Rapunzel, The Castle.

Rapunzel 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CO : South Platte : ... : The Castle
This is the sustained, tight-hands crack located on the climbers' right side wall at the entrance of the mountaineer's gully. There is no real crux to this climb, but if you've gotten through the first hundred feet you're probably on your way to the send. There used to be a loose flake in the pod about 80 feet up, but last checked it wasn't there. Make sure you have finger and thin-hand-size gear left after the last roof as the climb keeps going although difficulty eases. Set up a belay at the o...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Darin Lang
Jul 30, 2001
Some helpful mileages: (1) Buffalo Creek is about 9 miles south of US285/CO126 junction, or 1 mile south of Pine on CO126; (2) Skinner Mountain is 5.9 miles south of Buffalo Creek on CO126
By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Jul 22, 2008
Anyone have beta on the Twisted Sisters formation near A-hole rock? What routes exist, pics etc?

Also how many other undocumented but known crags are in the area between Da Butts and Little Scraggy (Two Jews Blues)?
By slim
Jul 23, 2008
Jason, there are a handful of decent to good lines on the Twisted Sisters Rocks at a good variety of grades. There are several fairly easy to moderate (5.6 to 5.9) crack systems, the best of which is a long, slabby 5.7 corner. There are also a couple good cracks in the 5.10 range. Also, there is a fun hanging corner/flake sort of thing that is given 11d in Hubbel's book but felt more like 11a or so. You should definitely head up there and check it out. There is quite a bit of rock in this area.

Also, there are some good cracks in the long, boulder-filled valley/gully that runs fairly northward from A-hole Rock. Check it out and give us a full report.
By Jason Kaplan
From: Glenwood ,Co
Aug 31, 2008
Well, let's just say that The Sisters aren't worth the walk on their own. I climbed what I would assume to be the slabby 5.7 corner which wasn't that great and less then 100 feet. Everything else seemed pretty hard/awkward or too short to justify the effort. I will post the area up later, with all the pics I took and update the asshole rock section with more pics of the other potential.
By GinaBeana
Aug 9, 2013
Is this near Buffalo Peak?
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