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."
I have climbed the eastern route both in summer and winter. It is another nice hike in the summer and a cold windy snowshoe in the winter.
Drove to the antennas and hiked the rest of the road. Beautiful day to hike. Mountains starting to get to the crowded season though.