The hardest part was getting up to the trailhead. Very rough! Not a big fan of hiking up the road ... sharing the "serene" mountains with ATVs and four wheelers makes this one of the less pleasant 14er routes in my opinion.
My 27th 14er (Half Way!!) on my 27th birthday!! We made it to the summit in 2 hrs. from where we ditched the truck just above tree line and then got back off of the ridge just before the sleet and snow moved in. The crux of this climb is getting out of bed early enough to beat the weather and not on the ridge.
My initial plan was to drive to the 4wd parking spot up the road, but after scouting it out the day before I decided I liked my car too much to chance it on the rough, rocky road. So my buddy, Chris Calvert, and I hoofed it up from the Blank Gulch TH at 9420 ft. The hike up the road was uneventful, switchbacks offered some nice views of North Carbonate, and the final part of the climb was fun finding a route to the summit.
For a road hike, this was great!
Not too exciting when you walk the road the whole time but I LOVE LOVE LOVE rocks and was having a gay old time looking for something exciting while I was walking! The ridge was a little more work than the road, that's for sure! Had a decent time, even though Bryan made me hike down the road the night before to make it official. People thought we were crazy when we told them why we did that!
Drove the 4x4 road up Baldwin Gulch. The road is rough at the beginning, but gets better the higher you go. Made sure to get the 3,000' gain and hiked the road to about 13,500'. Pretty boring and I did not realize how loose it was until we headed down. From the saddle to the summit was a lot of fun. A nice little ridge walk through good rock. Then we headed up to the summit. The last couple hundred feet was steep and on good rock. However, there was not much of a trail at times, but it was obvious where we were headed.
This is one mountain I hope I'll never be bored enough to climb again. I climbed Princeton in the same weekend, so I didn't have to dedicate an entire drive to Summit County simply to top out on this superannuated pile of choss.
Wait! I do remember something of interest: the astounding hailstorm that I raced down the peak. Three inches of hail in 20 minutes, and only a think Gore-Tex to protect me. That hurt.
Still quite a bit of snow covering the road which made for a more difficult hike with alot of postholing. We started at the very bottom elevation 9400 and sure wish I had a 4x4 to enable a higher start. The extra elevation gain though was great for conditioning. Great glissade from almost the top for about 2000 vertical feet.
Not too bad considering you're hiking on a road! After summiting this and Mount White a huge thundersnow storm hit. Never seen one before so that was kind of neat (except for the lightning)
We cranked out this hike very quickly and encountered a brief snowstorm on the summit. A trip report is available here.
Was one of only two solo climbs I have done. Windy and freezing cold - I did it fast. Hope to go back next month for some photos and additional first hand information to beef up the peak page.
This was a while back, I was fifteen, and it was my first fourteener.
There is a reasonable account of this ascent here:
Recommended for an easy ascent. An SUV will get you
pretty close to the top.
This one was awhile ago - but it was my first Fourteener. Camped just below treeline and got Mount White as well, not to mention a few amazing quartz and smoky quartz crystals.
Climbed with dogs Jax and Moses. Forgot my subglasses on a 6 am start. My retinas are still smarting.
I wasn't looking forward to this one but had a good time despite my misgivings. The weather was especially cooperative; the rain ended five minutes before we started, the clouds dispersed three minutes from the top, and we heard the first thunder from a new set of clouds as we were packing up. We saw a few 4x4 enthusiasts but no other hikers.
Awesome rock hounding on this peak. almost rolled my landcruiser driving down the switchbacks after picking up my sister!
I parked below the switchbacks so I did not get the official 3,000 vertical feet but 2,200 isn't too bad either. Nice day, a few others on the route but not many. Not many offroaders either.
I summited Antero after a wrong turn led me away from my goal of a northern climb of Tabeguache. I left the jeep trail and cut up the west ridge of Antero and got on the jeep trail that led to Mount White, believing that it would lead us over and down into Browns Creek. After discovering our error, and weighing in our tiredness from our previous days climb of the southeast ridge to Shavano we voted to climb Antero instead of climbing down to Browns Creek and heading up to Tabeguache. The easy switchbacks up Antero were much too inviting to turn down. I really enjoyed the climb.
As I’m finding out with the Sawatch Range is that all of the trails always start out with quite a bit of elevation gain in a short distance. Antero is no different the beginning is steep and is also a 4-wheel drive road. In fact the road goes all the way to13,700 feet.
The road is pretty rough and steep for about the first 800 feet and this was probably was the hardest part of the day. The road levels out for the next two miles then I had to cross Baldwin Creek. After that the road has numerous switchbacks and at about 13,000 feet I hit Antero’s ridge. I left the road and started going up the ridge. At 13,700 feet I met the road again and that’s where the 4-wheel drive road ends. Finally I had to scramble past some interesting rocks and made the last 500-foot ascent to the summit, which was also pretty steep.
Well this was my first 14er and I had thought I might try to do them in alphabetical order.... :-)
It was a very long day hiking on the 4 wheel drive jeep road. About 500 feet from the top, one of my companions discovered that she had exercised induced asthma and stopped while the other two of us ran up to the summit. This was one hike where it felt good to finally be done! We went to a hot springs afterwards and just soaked for hours.