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.
Darn, the 4wd road is a bit scarier than advertised, but alas, the trallhead at 11000 was much better than doing it from 9.
Good weather and hardly any wind to support a late 9:30 start for this short hike. Drive up to radio towers is narrow and my Subaru enjoyed using its AWD and Anti-lock systems.
The first part of trail from the road at 12,000' is through an idea meadow that quickly turns into talus! No false summit on this one. 3hrs up and 2hrs down.
Mount Princeton was by first 'real' mountain I climbed.. Looking back, it was a big undertaking for my dad to take me, then 11 years old and my 15 year old cousin from Ohio up their first 14er's.
Headed up the southeast ridge of peak; when reaching the south sub-summit of this beautiful peak, I spied a large mountain lion sitting right on the summit. Unbelievable, and thrilling as this was the first of these animals I'd ever seen. Of course I waited until he was good and ready to leave and then completed my climb. The lion only moved a couple hundred yards down the north slope from the summit. He sat and watched me on the summit, then when I left, he actually returned back to the true summit. Just an amazing day all the way around.
Two of us, me and a novice hiker, summited Mt. Princeton at 1 am on new years eve. The extra hour was due to 50 mph winds at the ridge line causing us to use "alternate" routes out of the wind. At midnight we looked east to see the Ad-A-Man club launching their fireworks on Pikes Peak far in the distance.
Started from Denver at 4 am, carpooled with 2 others to the trail head 3 hours away. Rough 4WD road most of the way but the xterra handled it like a champ. Parked at 12,000 ft. and hit the trail at 8:15AM. Hiked along the ridge and to the summit of 14,197 ft. Mount Princeton. Made the summit at 11:30AM. Backtracked and made it back to the car around 3 PM. Weather held all day, perfect.
Went to the top from the radio towers before driving back to Fort Collins for an evening shift. Lots of talus on this one. The most memorable part of the trip was the guy at the radio towers who told me that I couldn't park there because he had a buddy coming up in the morning who was going to need a place to park.
Nice hike from the "Main Trailhead". Last 2 miles of rock scrambling was nice for awhile, got old on the way down. Cool mountain, great views, think if I ever do it again I will start at the radio towers and cut over 6 miles off. Hiked with my Dad.
Princeton was a great, short trip on the way home from Colorado Springs. It was a fun heap of mostly consolidated boulders and scree typical of Colorado 14ers in the Collegiate Peaks range.
And, for about half it, down the road... With Megan Berry. A dull hike on the main drag somewhat enlivened by coming off down the ridge and over "Tigger Pk".
What a great mountain from a distance but once on that non-stop boulder/talus pile it's not that impressive. Good day, nice weather and redemtion because we were weathered out in May. Not a peak I need to go up again though.
...Like a 14er in a summer storm. Summited at 11am under mostly clear skies. One hour later it was black skies, thunder, lightening, and then marble hail for at least 30 minutes. Felt bad for the people standing on the summit in it, two of which appeared to be rocking Nike minimalist gym shoes and no jackets. To each their own. It was 41 degrees when we got back to the car, 4k feet below the summit. I should mention that I took a 2wd 4runner to the radio towers at 10.5k feet. They say the road is 4wd, but all that is required is decent clearance. It was not a terrible drive as long as it was dry. Descending on two inches of hail was less enjoyable, but still made it fine.