Mount Princeton Climber's Log

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DaveC - May 21, 2004 9:18 pm

Route Climbed: standard from the radio tower Date Climbed: july 97  Sucess!

many people, no wind, dog stole someone's lunch. beautiful but too popular.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Apr 19, 2004 11:56 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: July 30, 2000  Sucess!

My first 14er! It seems like so long ago too. I remember there was a big forest fire during the time and the whole hike up had a burned pine scent to it. Not my favorite peak in retrospect, but at the time it was quite exhilirating.


f360driver - Apr 14, 2004 6:50 pm

Route Climbed: Radio Towers Date Climbed: July/03

Very pretty views into the valley below.


RyanS - Apr 8, 2004 1:50 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 20, 2001  Sucess!

While driving back from our brief trip to the San Juans, prominent Princeton caught our eye, and we climbed it the next day. Nothing eventful happened during the hike in any way, except that we hitched a ride once we returned to the road to escape a heavy downpour.


hhsilleck - Jan 10, 2004 7:02 pm

Route Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

This mountain is prettier from afar than up close. Busy trail.


Helga - Oct 18, 2003 8:37 pm

Route Climbed: Mt.Princeton Road Date Climbed: 10.18.2003  Sucess!

4WD to the Radio Towers and hiked the switchbacks up the road before starting steep trail to the Right. Great day for this hike which was more of a climb than a hike. Not a cloud in the sky and no one on the summit. Lots of boulders to cross. No wind on the summit. Awesome!

Bryan W

Bryan W - Sep 18, 2003 10:34 pm

Route Climbed: Normal/Princeton Rd. Date Climbed: 9/15/03  Sucess!

Parked just above the antennas and started under foot up the Princeton Rd. at 8:30. Easily found the trail off of the road and gained the shoulder SE of Tigger that disclosed the rest of the route. We took the advice of another hiker that said to follow the Y in the trail and gain the ridge around 13,600'. I think this was a mistake and we ended up on very lose talus and scree. After gaining the ridge just above 13,600', we followed the nice trail to the top. The only snow was at the summit in and around the wind shelters. We followed the trail back down the ridge and continued down to 13,300 or so. Found a nice trail back down to the main trail. I would take this route the next time up Princeton. Hiked the road back to the car and was back 7 hours or so after departing. Nice day!!!


miztflip - Sep 18, 2003 9:19 pm

Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: September 17, 2003  Sucess!

After climbing Harvard and Columbia in the morning I drove to the 10800 parking area on Princeton Road and got about 3hrs of sleep. I left the truck at 7:15pm under a clear starlite sky. The climb was straight forward with no snow and beautiful stars. I returned to the car at 10:45pm.


big_g - Jun 1, 2003 6:21 pm Date Climbed: May 31, 2003

Route Climbed: East slope  Sucess!

Parked just beyond the antennae the night before and made it to the summit by 10:30 which gave me about an hours worth of descent before the thunder and lightning started.

A couple of the snowfields had me wishing I had not left my ax in the truck. Easy enough not to fall, but if I had...


Kane - May 29, 2003 7:04 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: 1997  Sucess!

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.


Colonelpyat - May 21, 2003 11:02 pm

Route Climbed: Stadard Date Climbed: May 19, 2003  Sucess!

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.


Diggler - Apr 7, 2003 5:38 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2010

Road  Sucess!

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!

Summer '97
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.

Pencil Pusher

Pencil Pusher - Mar 6, 2003 11:29 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 1997  Sucess!

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.


Grant - Feb 26, 2003 1:58 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route from the Radio Towers Date Climbed: Sept. 1, 2001  Sucess!

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.


mtnhiker13 - Dec 27, 2002 12:05 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 4, 2001  Sucess!

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.


climberkjp - Oct 22, 2002 11:57 am

Route Climbed: Mount Princeton Road Date Climbed: November 18, 1999  Sucess!

A pretty hike late in November. We avoided the crowds and had the summit to ourselves.


mmoerk - Oct 20, 2002 11:49 am

Route Climbed: Standard route Date Climbed: October 19, 2002  Sucess!

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.


rmjwinters - Oct 6, 2002 6:17 pm

Route Climbed: Princeton Road Date Climbed: May 25 2002  Sucess!

Nice, easy trail. Trip report has more detail.


charles97 - Sep 17, 2002 3:01 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Princeton Road / Merriam Creek Date Climbed: September 4, 2002  Sucess!

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.


xskier77 - Sep 8, 2002 8:35 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Princeton Road Standard Route Date Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!

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 :)

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