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.
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.