Crazy solo winter overnight from Baldwin Gulch; almost blown off summit ridge
Summited with my friend Earl in July 1983. We camped for the night below the summit ridge and then looked for aquamarine crystals in the vuggy outcrops the next day. Earl was fortunate enough to find an excellent gem quality aquamarine crystal. This was my first fourteeneer.
Climbed with a friend from the 2wd parking area. The weather was crazy, but this is a great hike. Long day.
Started around 5:45AM. Road was very, very icy on lower section below treeline. Don't bother attempting to drive up, and bring spikes or crampons. Trail was well packed the entire way. No need for snowshoes. Much of the road is dry above treeline as well. Got back around 2:30PM.
Windy but nice. Got to meet the miners!
Hiked some time in the late 90s or early 2000s.
It was a beautiful Saturday. Many others were climbing and driving various 4-wheel drive vehicles on the various jeep trails. There were 20 people on the summit when I arrived, and probably 10+ who I had passed on their way down. See my trip report/chronology of climb.
#1 7-5-16 W/ Yz. The 4WD road was max 3 mph to the creek. Great wx. Long grind on the road. Best part by far was the portion above the end of the road where a homemade sign warned about claim jumping! 3+37 up.
Cold windy summit, but we finally got to see the view.
With Megan Berry. Made what could have been a generic 14-er plod rather more interesting by coming down via the N ridge to Pt 13762 and from there NE then E to rejoin the Baldwin Gulch 4 WD road at the ford. One tricky part in a steep chute that cliffed out on the descent was surprisingly home to handy fixed rope. Thank you, someone!
14er #27. Hiked 14,275 ft. Mount Antero today. We drove on a rough and rocky 4WD road for a few miles and camped around 11,000 ft. On Sunday we drove further up to approximately 12,000 ft. and hiked 7 miles round trip up to the summit and back down in 6 hours. Finally finished Colorado's Sawatch Range 14ers!
Saved Mt Antero for last because I heard it was boring as a 14er. Hiking the 4x4 road seeing gem mining operations and even the Discovery crew filming was interesting. Also nearby mountain slopes had cool earth reds and greens to look at. Kinda a long day with over 15miles, and 5,000' elevation gain from the Baldwin Gulch road. Started early at 5am to reach the summit at 10am, and back down in the heat at 1pm.
We drove to the creek crossing at 10,850 ft and then hiked from there. The 3 mi drive on the jeep road was the crux of the trip.
Prettier and more enjoyable hike than I expected, as it's not such a great mountain to look at.
found GPS along the road up to Antero on 9/19/14. Looked like it was recently lost. PM me.
long hike on the road, not technical, nice summit views, hails and rain on the way back…
Drove about 2.5 miles up, felt sorry for my car, so made my son and Duchess (14 years old) to hike up the rest of the road. I parted with them below Antero, and continue onto Mt. White and Cronin Peak.
I am so happy to be done with 14ers - there were at least 50 people on the summit! (church youth groups etc).
Hiked from the bottom of Baldwin Gulch Road.
3 hrs, 5 mins to summit from Baldwin Gulch TH. Under 6 hours total. 5k gain over 12 miles. Just made the summit before weather came. "Be off the summit by noon" is a good rule of thumb except when it storms at 10:30am. haha.
Halfway done with the CO 14ers! Hiked up from the overflowing river. Got the Outback up the road almost to the river, bumpy ride for sure. Car seems okay. A few snow patches across the road, but nothing impassable. No need for snowshoes or traction - yippee!