Mount Princeton is a stately mountain. A mountain with a good look. Unfortunately, the good stops there for me. This is just my opinion, but I wasn't enamored with this hike up talus. I also thought the views were uninspiring. I think for the above reasoning I probably won't ever hike Antero, too much like Princeton.
The Mt. Princeton road was passable by a Suburu wagon in 4WD and we parked at the radio towers. Some snow fields with long run-outs below "Tigger Peak" made things a bit too interesting. So, putting safety ahead of convenience, we climbed up the loose talus of "Tigger" to gain the snowless ridge.
As Z & I for sure didn't do 3k' when we did it (parked at/above timberline), decided to go back for the magic 3,000' mark. To do it right, started out directly from the Mt. Princeton trailhead (i.e. 8,900') at 8.55. Started out with the 'rents, but took off solo while they went to check out St. Elmo & do other events. Good progress put me on the summit by 12.54. Hung out, enjoyed superb views (& weather), starting down at 13.42. Got offered numerous rides en route down; another demonstration of friendliness & general goodwill by fellow peakbaggers. Back down by 16.35.
While just a (long!) chill hiking day, the beauty of the area & friendly encounters with nice people were a great reminder of some of the things I enjoy most about the CO 14ers.
Subsequent soak in hot springs never felt so good!
The 2nd 14er in 2 days (we did Yale the day before), Zathan & I got a mid-morning start after parking his Bronco at a pull-off on the road & crashing there the night before. Though somewhat overcast, it didn't rain or storm, & we flew up, greatly influenced I'm sure by our former acclimating. I even saw a badger pop out of his hole in the talus for a moment, before disappearing again. Cool. Great day in the Rockies with a good friend.
Parked at the Boy Scout ranch due to road closure. Hiked on up that sucker with the Alaskan Malamute. Topped out in time to see thunder clouds approaching as I'm reading the memorial plaque to the woman that got hit by lightning up there. Beat feet down to the trees and then traversed over to the trail. Nice views, could even see Longs Peak way off in the distance.
In the morning we drove up to the radio towers at 11,000 feet on the Mt Princeton road and parked there. The road actually goes all the way up to a cabin at 12,000 feet, but we turned off on the Mount Princeton trail at about 11,800 feet. It’s was pretty easy all the way to about 13,000 feet. Then it really turned into a good climber’s trail and with the overnight snow it was wet and loose. In my opinion we went a little too far and almost made it to the mine that Roach advises not to go to. That made the day harder than it needed to be, but oh well we all made it to the top. There was about an inch of snow on the summit, and it was really windy. We spent about ten minutes on the summit and we were ready to get back down over the ridge that was blocking the strong winds. Then over to "Tigger" the views of the Arkansas Valley from Tigger were awesome. Well worth the extra time and I would guess only about 200 feet of additional elevation gain.
Was a cold and windy day on the summit. A nice hike through the rocks. The trail is nice in that you can see your goal the entire way and mark your progress. We had some nice views from the top when the clouds cleared up a bit. We drove up the road quite a ways before starting to hike which shortened the day considerably.
A pretty hike late in November. We avoided the crowds and had the summit to ourselves.
Parked at the radio towers at about 10:00 Friday night. Hiked up the road and onto the trail. Camped at the bottom of the ridge shortly after the start of the trail(11,925'). This is a nice place to camp. Started off at about 6:30 Saturday morning and reached the summit at 10:30am. My first 14er!
We stayed on the trail longer than Roach recommends (about 13,000') and the scrable from there wasn't too bad. Some snow but nothing horrendous. Actually the worst snow was the trail, because it was all packed down and slippery.
Nice, easy trail. Trip report has more detail.
This road sucks! Had it not been the incredible fortune of running into a pair hikers I saw on Mount Bross the day before, I would have damaged my little passenger car for sure. As it was, I got a ride to the radio towers and started from there. Nice hike until half way through the bowl area. The scramble up the last part over scree and loose dirt is exhausting. Tip: keep left and go up to the summit ridge as soon as practical. It's much easier going.
Started around 8:15 am and reached summit at 11:00 am. Mad dash down from the top to race the weather. I was literally running down, racing with the edge of the storm until I got back to the road.
Sixth of 10 fourteeners in 6 days. #14 overall.
Parked at around 11,300 ft and got on trail around 9:45am. Made it to the summit about two hours later and encountered some pretty strong winds. All in all the weather was very nice this day and from the summit we were able to see Yale, Harvard and Columbia to the north and Antero to the south. #23..getting close to halfway :)
The 4wd road up to the radio towers is pretty rough, you definitely want a high ground clearance vehicle. Lots of talus to get across! A great hike nonetheless. Great views from the top. The 2nd of 6 fourteeners over 6 days.
My first 14er. Not a terribly difficult hike. but the trail disappears and you're on your own. The day began beautiful but turned nasty. I spent 15 minutes on the summit, snapped photos as the clouds rolled in. I was making a quick descent when the hail began. Great trip up, lousy trip down.
My memory of this was too many rocks - I was happy reaching tundra on the way down :)
I drove to the point where the trail leaves the road thinking this would make for an easy climb. I slept in my Explorer and started at daybreak. All it did was shorten the climb. This climb was much harder than I expected. It wasn't really hard, I was just expecting it to be easier. I got rained on the way down but no lightening.
11th summit of Nolan's 14 and the last I would get. 4 of the 12 runners made all 14 summits from Massive to Shavano, about 100 miles on foot, within the 60 hour cutoff. 3 more made it to Princeton. One of them, Steve Bremner was married on the summit about 4 PM, 2 hours before the cutoff. He had planned for the wedding on Shavano, but the race was harder than he expected.
I had 7 hours to make the 17 mile run-hike-climb from the Yale summit, but missed it by an hour. I started descending the standard east route, but got off route in horribly steep, loose boulders as it got dark. One table size rock slid out from under me and I had to jump off. I finally made it back at 10 PM, 11 summits over 80 miles in 64 hours.
Nice, easy climb and quick way to get to elevation. Driving into Salida, when you see Princeton, you can know that you've climbed, it, highly recomended.
If you can drive pretty far up the hill, the hike shortens dramatically...wonderful hike...steep at the top, but wonderful views await you!
If you have a 4wd vehicle, drive past the radio towers a few hundred yards to one of the parking areas. Most people climbed the southeast saddle, but we went up the north saddle, just above the old mine shaft and walked across the saddle ridge to the peak. This requires more scambling and is a bit longer than the more popular southeast route. For the SE rount, follow the trail as it turns west and walk until you can climb up to the saddle below the main summit and SE sub peak, then follow the ridge to the summit. The climb up to the saddle isn't well marked. For best weather, be on the trail by 6am, or an hour earlier if you can't drive to the radio towers. Photo is a 15 picture panorama. Mt. Antero is on the left.
Easy hike from road then ran ridge over to "Tigger Peak."