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2012-01-02  West Slopes  We summited via the standard summer route up Baldwin Gulch on Monday, Jan. 2. There‘s a nice track from the parking area to the trail junction about 3-3.5 miles in. Once turned onto the trail for Mt. Antero, the trench isn‘t quite so developed. It‘s still easy to follow. Just expect some postholing. We left the road and took the second shortcut gully about 1.5-2 miles beyond the junction. There was avalanche debris from two separate slide paths in the gully (which is a classic V-shaped terrain trap), but the chutes now appeared pretty dry. We chose a careful line and felt safe. I wouldn‘t recommend this gully once Antero gets even a little bit more snow. We regained the road at about 12,800‘ (stashed snowshoes here) and followed it climber‘s right a few hundred feet to an obvious shortcut trail to the saddle. The backside road was very dry with minimal avalanche danger, so we followed the switchbacks to 13,700‘ where the summit came into view. From there, we followed the ridge proper all the way to the top. Avalanche concerns force you to stay high and bypass the Class 2 standard trail on the east aspect. The result is a Class 3 rock/snow crux at 13,800‘. We found a fairly easy line through the difficulties. It‘s exposed, but the holds are there. Past the rock crux we used axes and microspikes for a brief knife edge of hard-packed snow, and then followed the loose talus ridge to the summit to avoid an unstable-looking snowfield. Gorgeous day...we could see every range in the state and pick out the likes of Castle, Uncompahgre, Blanca and, of course, Pikes. Full TR to follow in the next day or two. SurfNTurf   2012-01-03 4  1    Edit Delete 
2011-11-24  From Browns Creek  Browns Creek trail is passable until about 1/2 mile past the juncture with the trail to the falls. Tree blow downs begin and get progressively worse until the trail is unpassable more than 1/2 mile from Browns Lake. Do not attempt Mt. Antero from Browns Creek without first calling the San Isabel National Forrest Salida ranger station at 719-539-3591 to determine if the trees have been cleared. ASSUME UNPASSABLE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. atbaritone   2011-11-25  0  1    Edit Delete 
2011-11-11  West Slopes  Jeep road is icy and wasn‘t drivable with our 4WD, so be ready to hike the 3mi approach. Snow was fairly consistently around a foot deep on the trail. Snowshoes could help but aren‘t required. Trail can be icy. Sections of the trail, mostly past the switchbacks on the west face, have deep snowdrifts that are canted towards the downhill side. This section was icy when we did it, so ice axe was required here and made for potentially fatal exposure. tommycli   2011-11-12  0     Edit Delete 
2011-11-05  West Slopes  From the road to the creek crossing there is about 6" of snow. After the creek crossing there is a bit more, probably an average of 8" or 10" with drifts as high as thigh deep. The road is mostly covered in drifts with a small track on the downhill side. Pt. 13xxx was pretty well windblown. The ridge to Antero had a lot of drifts usually waist deep. Anything that was windblown when we got there was way, way more windblown by the time we left. floatation was not necessary but probably would have helped. Crampons were not necessary. We brought ice axes, and although we never needed them I would bring it again if for some depraved reason I was headed back up there. dannyg23   2011-11-06 4     Edit Delete 
2011-10-22  West Slopes  4WD road up to the creek around 10,800 ft. is snow-free and only has small patches of ice - able to take Liberty Renegade to creek. About .25 miles above creek there is a long stretch of ice, but by noon much of it was melting and soft. On the zig-zags higher up, snow was predictably drifted on the North-facing sides, though hiking on the sides was not an issue. msmith7361   2011-10-22  0     Edit Delete 
2011-10-21  West Slopes  The first 3 miles of the 4wd road are almost free of snow, with a few icy spots. Just up from the junction / stream crossing, however, at about 11,000 feet, there is a long icy section that would not be fun in any vehicle. I parked just below this. Above tree line, long sections of the road are free of snow, but it gets a little deep approaching the ridge. I left the road, taking "option 1", and found the talus hopping fun and free of snow. I ascended via the ridge crest, but took the "old trail" down. The old trail was in good condition, and easy to follow, at least from this direction. Clear skies and little wind. Happy trails! MOJO8800   2011-10-22  0     Edit Delete 
2011-10-16  West Slopes  Climbed Antero today via the Baldwin Gulch 4wd road. Started from the bottom at 7am and summited at 10am. There were three vehicles (two Jeeps and a pickup) parked at the stream crossing around 10,850. Beyond this point there is ice on the road but enough rocks are poking through I imagine you could drive up with decent tires, though finding a parking spot would be another story. You would eventually be stopped maybe 1 mile (this is an approximation) after the road breaks through treeline by snow drifts on the road. These get up to 18 inches deep and there is one point where an ATV or some other 4wd vehicle clearly got stuck and had a fun time getting out a few days ago. I imagine that the road will be impassable beyond this point until next spring. Pretty easy walking on the road, brought the microspikes but didn‘t use them. RJansen77   2011-10-16  0  1    Edit Delete 
2011-09-23  Baldwin Gultch  Route is snow free even if you don‘t take the road up as far as it goes. However, hordes of ATVs were out and apparently if you don‘t give them the ENTIRE road they are rather testy about it. Both creek crossings were extremely easy as the water level is very low. ColoradoLawDobe   2011-09-23  0       
2011-09-17  Little Browns Creek  We attempted Antero today from Little Browns Creek (note: do not confuse this with Browns Creek!) and got weathered off near the top of the 4wd road...or what I think was the top of the road, we couldn‘t see ANYTHING. It was snowing, pretty cold (upper 20‘s or low 30‘s) and winds gusting 35-40 mph, making for ZERO visibility. The snow ranged from non existent to close to knee deep in drifts depending on where you were, and the rocks were slick in places with ice. I imagine most of the snow will melt of with a sunny day or two, but today was a tough one up there, a true whiteout. RJansen77   2011-09-17  0       
2011-09-02  West Slopes  Trail clear till around 12,500, then Icy with dusting of snow. Turned back at 13,000‘ as it seemed to get worse. Zaigon99   2011-09-11 1     Edit Delete 
2011-07-11  West Slopes  Trail is completely snow-free. iquack08   2011-07-11  0     Edit Delete 
2011-06-29  West Slopes  Snow free. If you have a 4WD and are wishing to drive up to the 13,000 foot pass on the jeep trail that we walked there is one snow drift that will hold you up only about a quarter mile from the top. I also traversed to North Carbonate and descended into the Baldwin Lake drainage and Upper Baldwin Lake at elevation 12,089 is about 90 percent thawed. Beautiful lake with only a few snow patches around it. Road to Baldwin lake is snow free. Photos to come sometime in mid-late July in my big TR. Matt Lemke   2011-06-30  0     Edit Delete 
2011-06-22  From Browns Creek  Browns creek trailhead to Brown lake was awesome, cool and dry through the trees. From Browns Lake to the gulley of Mt White - up to Antero was dry and easy. There is some snow going up, but it can be avoided. No snow up to Antero. Tab & Shav looking good too - pics posted. Enjoy! Round trip mileage is roughly 22 miles. I think you can take the Colorado Trail veering right and go between Mt White & Antero to shave some mileage and time if you want to. We also drove a mile or so up the Baldwin Gulch road, didn‘t make it to the 12k point. We wanted to do the other route since we had already done this route. Looked pretty clear either way though. shaunster_co   2011-06-24 4     Edit Delete 
2011-06-19  From Browns Creek  We did not summit Mt Antero, but we hiked in the Browns Creek area. The peak looked mostly clear from snow. Here is a pic from the Browns Creek Trail colokeith   2011-06-20 1  3    Edit Delete 
2011-06-06  West Slopes  There are mixes of snow and dry trail. I decided to go straight up a chute with micro-spikes and axe (still necessary for this climb). Took me roughly 5 hours to summit from TH (at 38.7100 -106.2443). On the way up, I avoided the switch backs and went straight up a chute. Here is a video of that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OYamsd-Cx4 . I spent a lot of time after reaching the south ridge (where you see a sign for Mt. Antero Trails again) debating which way to go and a lot of turning back because of the snow. It was much easier route finding on the way down since you could see the clear areas. To avoid snow, just stay high on the ridge towards Antero, but be careful as there is some exposure (not bad). I have posted some images to show conditions. lackerstef   2011-06-07 4     Edit Delete 
2011-05-28  West Slopes  Route is clear of snow up till the 4wd trail head. From there, expect to post hole to tree line if you are not wearing snow shoes especially later in the day. We chose to climb directly up peak 13,800 once we exited tree line to avoid the snow as we did not have snow shoes. If you choose the road, you will have to cross many snow filled couloirs. We had only microspikes and the snow was quite hard in the morning and made the steep crossings sketchy. On the way down, the snow was soft enough to cross without a problem. We glisaded down the couloir on the return. This is a good spring route. We parked only .4 miles from the road and had a round trip of 11 miles with a time of 9 hours at a moderate pace. mrschaible   2011-05-29  0     Edit Delete 
2011-05-14  West Couloir (Direct)  Took the couloir immediately west of summit from the standard 2wd Baldwin trailhead. Total RT time of 10 hrs at a moderate pace. Good, easy snow, safe, and direct route at 10-11 mi round-trip. Good crampon snow in the morning, long glissade in the afternoon. Shallow snow with plenty of talus - no need to cross any suspect slopes or go near cornices, etc. A couple hundred feet of talus-hopping at the top. Patchy snow on road, large avy debris about halfway. Snowshoes were used only on the descent from the base of the lower couloir (below treeline) to the Baldwin Gulch 4wd sign/stream crossing. More pics: https://picasaweb.google.com/105978537438093356597/Antero5142011# Monster5   2011-05-15 2       
2011-04-16  West Slopes  Road was almost entirely snow covered from the bottom at 9,400ft. Attached is a picture of the west face. As you can see the snow stops around 13,600ft. The only skiable lines from the summit are down the northeast face. Although they appear to all end in massive cliffs after about 500 vertical. We skied the northeast face a little, climbed back up, skied the north ridge to 13,600ft, and then hiked across the the west face back to the snow gully. Wesley   2011-04-17 1     Edit Delete 
2011-01-08  West Slopes  Went to retrieve my snowshoes then onward to Cronin Peak. No trail broken in - doesn‘t look like anyone been here in awhile. Soft snow, but bootable until the 4wd TH. Snowshoes necessary beyond the 4wd TH or calf-deep postholing, occasionally thigh deep. Expect to posthole occasionally even with snowshoes. Here‘s a look at current conditions, though with snow coming soon, this will change. http://picasaweb.google.com/huamele/182011CroninPeak?authkey=Gv1sRgCNeur7Lqj-SNWg&feat=directlink anna   2011-01-08 4     Edit Delete 
2010-12-28  West Slopes  Well worn in path from 2wd TH to treeline. Snowshoed up a gully to join up with the switchbacks of the Baldwin Gulch trail. Descended via the gully used by Monday‘s group. Conditions good. Start early to take advantage of the solid snow. PHing on the way back thanks to the softened snow. More photos and info: http://picasaweb.google.com/huamele/12282010Antero?authkey=Gv1sRgCICp7fPH_8rG_QE&feat=directlink anna   2010-12-29 4     Edit Delete 

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