Too bad there's been so much mining activity in the area ... but a nice summit. nonetheless.
Hiked all the way up from the 2WD parking. Quite an early-season workout.
Solo. Full winter conditions. I camped at treeline and read Brave New World that night and freaked myself out. The next day a few inches of new snow and 0 degrees F, but otherwise total beauty.
We drove to probably a little over 11,000ft. (something I'm usually not keen on doing. I prefer to summit mtns. traditionally, alpine style) and started hiking. I had my sisters husband (Kevin) with me so it was unstandable driving that far up. But we had a good time. Pretty easy mtn. with good weather.
Other than 1 major creek crossing, the route is very easy. Pretty much just follow the jeep trail.
See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/mount_antero
I have no qualms with long hikes involving 4000'+ of elevation gain, but why hike if you can drive? My 2005 Xterra made this an easy trip and a more comfortable one since fog and rain visited intermittently all day.
Kind of a miserable day. Started the hike at the fork in the road at 10,800 feet. Had I known how far the road went, I would have driven up farther. Lots of road hiking. Yuck. Thankfully the rain let up after a few hours.
Uneventful hike except that the crappy road up the mountain bounced my battery terminal off the car battery. Gave me quite a scare when I couldn't start the car after the hike.
We started from Route 162.
We HIKED the road (to gain the 3,000+ feet elevation rule)... MANY vehicles passed us... but we were still the first to summit that day!:-) A nice trail leads from the road up 500 elev to the summit... a little windy at times, but enjoyed it as always! On the way day there were people everywhere "digging for gems."
Drove to timberline over the absolute worst 4WD road I have ever been over. Hiked up the road with Mountain Girl to about 13,800 where a full scale mining operation was going on. A nice finish over the spine to the summit pitch. This was 14er number 22 for me.
Nice glissade to avoid many switchbacks.
A long schlog from Rt. 162 and more of an introduction to prospecting culture than I expected. Fun day on the massif, however.
Parked at the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead on Fri. evening and hiked up the 4WD road for 3 miles to the road junction at 10,840'. Found a nice campsite here BUT lots of use in this area by 4-wheelers. Just as I was going to sleep a group pulled up and camped about 100 yards away. They yelled & hacked away at trees all night, capped by shooting off a gun at 3:30 AM! 18 times! My worst camping experience ever. Some guys I met near the summit the next day said that they could see the rednecks from where they were camped & they appeared to be shooting at fish in the creek! Thanks to the early "wake-up call" I started up early & took the road to about 12,700'. I left the road & hiked east up the steep and sometimes loose slope toward the 13,700' "saddle" on the south ridge. I wouldn't recommend this route & I noticed later that Roach's 2nd edition guide no longer shows this as a variation. The last climb up the south ridge to the summit is steep but short. On the descent I took the road all the way down except for an obvious (but unmarked) trail at about 13,000' that cut off a long switchback.
Had a great early season hike with very little in the way of snow. Climbed on a weekday, so hardly any snow.
Great day... parked a few hundred yards down from the 4WD parking at 10,840... the stream at this parking lot was running full... but crossable... evidenced by the numerous cars which where driving higher than the 4WD parking lot. We hiked to a gulley around 12,000 and went straight up the slope instead of following the road for numerous swithbacks. We regained the road and continued around the shoulder of Antero to a road juncture... We then hiked up the road a short ways and again went directly up the slope instead of following the road... until we gained the high shoulder at around 13,000ft (and the end of the road). The road stopped here and we had a delightful hike across some rugged rock outcroppings and there was some shallow snowfields that didn't slow us down. The summit approach was up a steeper slope with suprisingly stable rocks. This last section of steeper slope had about a 600ft elevation gain and skirted a stretch of snow. The summit had wonderful views of Princeton. Weather was perfect - blue bird skies... and we took ample time exploring and searching for aquamarine... (we found none). A great hike with a minimal amount of people. (Traffic was stopped at about 12,400 ft at a snow drift - rendering the rest of the road impassable to anything but a dirtbike).
Camped at the 4wd trailhead at the road junction to Antero & Baldwin Lakes. Left at 6:30 in the morning and reached the South Ridge of Antero after an hour and a half. Spent the next hour working my way to the top of Antero in at times fierce winds, reaching it at 9:00. Glissaded part way back down and hiked over to North Carbonate via the East Ridge in another 2.5 hrs before descending the North Ridge back to my car in 2 more hours in remarkably fine weather. I didn't see anyone all day, although a couple of others had signed the North Carbonate log before I arrived.
BEEEEAUTIFUL DAY! Lots of sunshine and little wind...unfortunately that made for a looong trip back to the car. The trip up was great, the snow was relatively hard and easy to traverse. However, most of the trip down was through wet, heavy, snow that one often sunk down knee to thigh deep in (even with snowshoes on). Many times our snowshoes and poles would stick in the snow and trip us. We ended the day very wet and tired, but very satisfied as well. Gorgeous views as always!
We started beloe treeline, at river crossing. Sort of irratating to see people driving halfway up the mountain but fun none the less. Summit ridge is simple, but when we did it the wind was blowing hard. Good summit. Descent is really quik if you dont follow the trail and just go strait down.