|Peak:||Mt. Princeton (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/18/2012|
We hiked the road from about 10,575 ft just below the radio towers (see my TH conditions report).
The route is good. Mostly clear of snow (photo 1) until you get to the North side of the bowl (photo 2). The snow isn't deep enough to need snowshoes, and not packed enough to need yak trax (or microspikes, whichever name you prefer). I would bring gaiters, I wish I had mine. There is the occasional snow drift in places, but they are easily avoidable if you choose.
Upon reaching the ridge there is only a few patches of "drifty" windblown snow (photo 3, pretty high on the ridge). If you choose to follow the route by the book, or even follow the millions of cairns up there you'll encounter some drifts. Definitely no avalanche danger yet, but beware of the slips. Thin dry snow + already slippery rock don't mix too well.
If you're thinking of doing Princeton, do it soon while the road is still pretty good.
Photos (click for slideshow):