I enjoyed a fun Jeep drive up to the radio towers, then started from there. I parked up on the hill right next to the radio towers. The easy grab spaces were taken. I drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, trail-rated model.
Per my Garmin Instinct watch it was 3.83 miles from there to the summit. Look for the hiking trail at 1.63 miles up the road. No trail sign, just a large cairn. From there, I measured 2.2 miles to the summit. The climbing is steep, but not too difficult. There are a lot of boulders to cross.
There were a few people who had some trouble on the steep portion of trail on the final summit push. The trail paths had some loose gravel and were straight up. People sliding down trashed the trail there. Stay along the fringes keeping feet on embedded rocks and find solid rock for handholds.
The sky was clear blue most of the day except for a few passing dark clouds. Based on people I talked with in passing, I think eight people summited that Friday.
It was brutal in places, but for some reason I was happy to make it to the top. - TJ aka ColoMountaineer.
40! Hard to Believe. 14,204ft Mt. Princeton Descent Record!?
So surreal. Got to spend a couple hours up high to celebrate, even if it was a bit rough. Still awesome to get out, live in the moment, and get an adrenaline rush on that crazy descent. A bit sick with a nasty runny nose and throat draining. Tried to come down fairly quick, but wasn’t really feeling it. Bottoms of my feet still haven’t really recovered from the thrashing on the Mauna Loa Volcano and they were painful & like hamburger on the way down. Surprised to see that’s the fastest anyone has gone down from the summit to the Towers Trailhead, which is where the vast majority of people do this hike from.
Saw a Moose at Kenosha Pass on the way there.
Got stopped on the way up by a girl who remembered me from hearing me speak/clinic in CoSprings several years ago...always fun. Saw not a soul on the summit.
hike was partially very icy - cursed myself for leaving the crampons at home - but otherwise a beautiful sunny day without almost any wind.Saw only two other hikers in 2 days
A few sections of loose scree near the summit, otherwise enjoyable.
Started hiking at 5:15 am from the lower TH. I didn't want to hurt the Outback so we decided to walk it. As many reports say, the trail is no joke once the road ends. A class 2 rock hop for over 2 miles and over 2000' elevation gain to the summit. The hardest stretch is just below the summit where the pebbles are gravelly and loose. The views of the Sawatch and nearby ranges were inhibited by smoke from the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires.We could see as far as Huron, Missouri, Belford, and Oxford to the north and barely to the northern tip of the Sangres to the south. Luckily the smoke receded as the day went on. We made it back to the TH around 12:30 pm.
After a nice morning summit of Antero, and seeing a pattern of thunderstorms throughout the day, we decided to make a push for Princeton as a night cap. We started at the trailhead at 8900', at 4:30pm, just as a thunderstorm was finishing. We made it up to the 12,500' mark just as another storm was building, and we found a rock shelter, and hid out for about 20 minutes to allow the storm to pass. Then we made a push for the summit, with the most incredible post-storm scene I've ever scene; including the brightest rainbow I've ever seen, backed by thick black clouds hovering over the Arkasas River Valley, and rays of sunlight peeking just over the summit ridge. It was STUNNING. We reached the summit about 5 minutes before the sun dipped behind the western horizon, and a fire to the west produced an orange haze, that filtered the sunlight, and gave the summit, and surrounding mountains a golden glow. It was the most beautiful summit scenes I've ever seen. We then hurried off the summit ridge, with the tundra layer, just above treeline as our goal before we lost all daylight. We made it just in time, and then enjoyed a nice run down the dirt road to the car. One of my favorite hikes of the trip.
Mellow pace from the radio towers. Cool mountain, quite busy, typically sloggy, but fun outing. CO 14 #23
Solo standard route from radio towers
Not my favorite 14er. It wasn't a bad hike, just kind of boring.
One night trip from ABQ. The drive up to the radio towers is on a very narrow road. Luckily we didn't encounter much traffic coming the other way, just one car on the way down. The hike is okay, but nothing spectacular. The views from the summit are quite good because the mountain stands alone and unobstructed.
clouds were rolling in something fierce, but i made the summit just long enough to shoot a couple photos and then scamper down. no thunder or i would have turned back.
07/06/16: W/ Brent and Michael
Standard route with my son. Nice day.
Hiked in the late 90s.
#1 7-6-16 With Lana and Brent. Jeeped it (Anderson Jeep Rental, Salida) to the radio towers, slogged it further until leaving the road. Windy at times but otherwise beautiful wx. 3+52 up. Fantastic views. Fourth 14er in four days. Feeling a tad tired.
Third time up, winter ascent from bottom of road with Rachael. We went over Tigger in both directions to avoid crossing potential avalanche gullies on the standard trail. Ridge was pretty much dry above treeline, and the road was well packed out by previous traffic. We didn't put the snowshoes on, but above the radio towers some might find them useful.
Drove the narrow, steep, narrow (I know I said narrow twice) road to the flat area around 11,000' where we camped. Awesome camp spot. The next morning we drove the rest of the way up to the start of the trail, but there is no where to park there, so we continued up the road to about 12,000' and parked. We hiked back down the road to the trail and enjoyed an awesome hike in and out of the clouds to the top. The clouds parted on top allowing for fantastic views in all directions and then proceeded sock back in on our hike down.
Nice sunrise views, but cold, windy, foggy with a touch of snow on the summit.
The 4wd road is so much worse than advertised, i was incredibly nervous driving my bulky FJ. Thought about parking at the switchback campsites along the road but decided to check up higher. The chalet at the end of the road was absolutely incredible. Very spacious, amazing views, and surprisingly clean. Kept us dry during a night storm. The sky started to cloud up a bit when we were at the summit, and the lightning strike memorial wasn't too comforting. But I would highly recommend braving the long winding, exposed road just to stay in the Chalet for a night.