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.
Nice beginner climb/Hike
Just glad to get this one done. 4x4 road all the way.
Rough 4x4 road. Parked at the turn off for Baldwin Lake (I think it is called). Trail was much longer than what it said in my guide book. Not a very pretty mountain in my eyes but easy hiking.
I drove to the end of the road and hiked across the ridge. It was very easy but I'm 54 and overweight (I climbed the east summit of Mt. Harvard from Frenchmen Creek the day before). The view would have been grand but I was in a cloud when I was on the summit.
7 hour round trip including a 30 minute delay for a hailstorm. The next year I drove the 9 mile road in a rented jeep and camped at 13,700 ft. in better weather (30 minute walk to summit), still hard to sleep with the cold and altitude.
Very easy 14er, great first time.
make sure to stop at Bongo Billies for some pie after!