This is such a huge mountain, I'm just proud to say I
stood on top of it!
Solo Trip - Woke up at the butt-crack of dawn and drove from Parker Colorado to the trailhead. It was raining and I couldn't see much of the upper mountain,but figured I'd go for it. I parked at the towers and hiked for a while in the rain and mist. It was kind of fun and then it got better around 13,200 when the rain turned to snow. Yeeeeaaaaahhhh! It was a bit slippery on some of the rocks leading to the summit, but it made for a great photo.
From parking at the Radio Towers, I hiked up the road all the way to its end and consequently climbed the wrong damned mountain (Tigger Peak). I thought something was wrong when I topped out so soon and saw another hulking grey mass not a mile distant and a lot higher. Embarrassed? You could say so. After the Traverse of Shame, and on the eventual climb up to the (real) Princeton, I fell in love with a woman wearing neon orange running shorts who was climbing ahead of me. I chatted with her and her friends for a half-hour on top and never did ask her name. Bloody idiot.
Another long haul up from the 8,900' base of the mountain without use of 4WD. It was a very hot day, with the sun relentless on the road. Not the most demanding or interesting climb tho'. I was a bit disappointed give the beauty of this mountain. The talus approach to the ridge was frustrating. Hopefully there is a constructed trail thru this loose area now.
This was the classic weather example. Sunny and hot to start, storm comes in and sleet at the summit.
Climbed with Trevor (see below). Started at the 2WD trailhead. 5 hours up and 3 hours down. Not a ton of snow yet, but just enough to make you slip on every rock. Weather was awesome though, not a cloud all day.
It was a perfectly clear day. Round trip completed in 8:30 from the Frontier Ranch trailhead. We were the only climbers on the mountain. It was a great climb! Climbed with Josh (above).
Second to summit on a great day! This is a massive mountain that seems to stand all alone when viewed from the valley near Buena Vista.
A fantastic, beautiful day with snowy scenery as far as the eye could see! Did not see another soul; had the mountain all to myself! I was going to go over to Tigger as well, but for some weird reason the altitude was bothering me today, and the snow-covered talus was getting a bit annoying as well. Not to mention I had parked at the base of the road, so I had a good long walk out.
Drove up the Mt Princeton road to the Radio Tower area the night before to camp. In the morning, we hiked the road, but missed the turnoff so we ended up traversing over Tigger Peak before getting back on route. A long slog over alot of talus made out legs really sore!
Don't remember exactly when I climbed Princeton, but do recollect that it took me two attempts. The first was via an old trail--probably not in existance any longer, as it was not maintained even then--up the back side (west) and from the south; made it almost all the way, then turned around when confronted with a developing thunderstorm. Which turned north, and completely missed the mountain, meaning I'd done 95 percent of climb, then turned back for nothing! This was so irritating that I returned a week later, and did the summit via the standard route.
It was great having Princeton under my belt, because for a few years I could lord it over Aaron--he'd not done the mountain, had no desire to do so, and looked upon the peak as, well, drab--as the only mountain I'd done that he hadn't! Then, for some strange reason he decided to do it, now it's one of his favorite Sawatch summits, and I'm not particularly enamored with it. I'm pretty sure this is all important.
Did this peak the day after Antero with my buddy, Chris Calvert. The hike up the road was uneventful ( or should I say boring). The biggest challenge was finding the unmarked turnoff point off the road. We found it with no problem, but ran into several climbers who missed it and wound up going over Tigger Peak by mistake. The only other challenge was trying to pick the right place to depart from contouring on the talus to climb up to the summit ridge. We could see the "mine" ahead of us and knew that was too far so we departed for the summit ridge well in advance. A bit of a scramble up the ridge and we were on top. A fun day for a road hike.
CD, Kara, Denali & Yukon (our Samoyeds) and I accidentally detoured over Tigger Peak (13,300) on the way to the summit of Princeton. Opps!!!
Great, simple Sawatch
I thought this was a nice hike. I was against hiking a road...if you can drive it, how fun can it be to hike? It was really not too bad. I liked that we could see the whole route almost the entire way. I appreciate the added motivation! What a small world that we met a fellow from the town right next door to us in IL?!
Pretty easy climb but lots of talus. Seemed to take longer than I expected but it probably had something to do with the 4 fourteeners I'd done in the previous few days more than the climb. Returned over Tigger Peak and down to the road.
Weather threatening but dry. The hang gliders were out in force.
Great view from the top. Had to traverse several steep snow fields which was scary at times.
Pretty easy hike over some loose talus.