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|2014-08-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: The 4WD road was fairly easy for my Explorer all the way to the top. I hit bottom at one spot, but it wasn‘t anything terrible. The road to the radio tower is easy 4WD and up to just beyond the trailhead is also fairly easy. We parked just above the trailhead at a big pullover on the road (not far from where I hit bottom). The hike from here was fairly easy. It starts downhill to the trailhead then is an easy accent to the saddle. The upper portion of the saddle has a little loose rock, but nothing terrible. I never felt uncomfortable during the climb. On the way back, we continued on the saddle over Tigger Pt., following the ridge back to the road which actually dropped us right above our vehicle. If you‘re looking for an easy way down, this is not the route. It is steeper and not very clearly marked. But if you are looking for an extra accent with some beautiful views go for it. NOTE: If you get to the saddle and it looks like weather may be moving in, Tigger Pt. is a possible alternative to summiting Princeton. It‘s an easier accent and about a 45 minute decent back down to the road. Just be careful!
|2014-07-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: Perfect condition on the trail. No snow.
|2014-06-24||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions in full effect. Do not bring snow gear.
|2014-06-12||Route: East Slopes
Info: Great day on Princeton. Just three snowfields left and we tried to pack/trench them well so the morning hardpack doesn‘t send you down the slope. My friend and a new friend accidentally took the old trail (I went ahead to Tigger) and it was horrible for them (possible rock slides). The site‘s GPX file hasn‘t been updated, so this still might happen. We saw another group do the same and warned them a little late. Just be sure to take the switch backs up, then the ridge to the summit. We tried to make the rock wall blocking the old trail more obvious and added a carin or two, but just be on the look out. Photo is the route from the top and it still looks like the old trail is the way to go, but don‘t!
|2014-06-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: While I came prepared to climb in lots and lots of snow and bad weather, the standard route was actually very clear, except for a few areas, and the weather was beautiful. Even the snow areas were easy to traverse, and proved to be a nice relief from the sharp rocks. Actually, while the views from the top were the most beautiful of my now 19 14ers, the hike up was my least favorite because of the sharp rocks. This was my first 14er with my new (and very expensive) boots. They were worth every penny. Definitely a 4WD high clearance road up to the radio towers. My jeep made it fine, but 4WD cars should park in the lower lot even though it adds six miles to your hike. This was my first 14er using a GPS, which I very much enjoyed. Last year I took a wrong turn on Lindsey and ended up on Class 4 rock on the wrong side of the mountain. The GPS is a nice gadget for those occasional moments of stupidity we all can be pron to have.
|2014-06-02||Route: non standard
Info: Road completely clear till a mile past radio towers. Quite a bit of snow in gullies, gets soft by late morning. Brought snowshoes, never needed to use them.
|2014-03-24||Route: East Slopes
Info: Hiked from the 2WD TH up the road to the radio towers before being turned around by high winds. Road is about 80-90% snow covered, with a good trench established. Snowshoes were unnecessary up to the radio towers, but microspikes were helpful on the way down. I wouldn‘t be surprised if the trench is drifted in above the radio towers so I‘d guess snowshoes would be helpful on the upper part of the road. Snow was nice and firm in the morning, but was softening up a bit when I came back down at 11am. It could be a bit post-holey in late afternoon on a warm day.
|2014-03-09||Route: East Slopes
Info: Broke trail in ankle to knee deep powder to about 12k, beginning of the ridge to Tigger, where we stashed our snowshoes. The transient nature of our efforts cannot be more apparent as big chunks of the road had melted out by the time of our descent. Our tracks melted and then refroze. Snowshoes now are likely not needed untill after 11k. The ridge between Tigger and Princeton still holds a lot of snow - a mix of hard pack, windblown powder and rocks, not enough to justify bringing snowshoes, but be prepared for a fair amount of postholing on the ridge. 1. Princeton from Tigger 2. View of Antero from Tigger-Princeton ridge 3. Tigger as viewed on the descent 4. Near the summit
|2014-01-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: Boot pack to the radio towers. From there to ridge it varied depending on the road exposure. Either snowshoe s or hard wind slab. St route from ridge to saddle has numerous snowfields to navigate. Little to no danger but the snow is bulletproof even for crampons. Saddle to summit wind blown.
|2013-12-24||Route: East Slopes
Info: I climbed Mt. Princeton on the 24th. The road from the 2WD TH is packed down (looks like a snowcat went up it) and easily hiked in boots to the 4WD parking area. There are a couple of snowmobile tracks after that, but they stop around 11,300 or so. I used snowshoes to hike the road from there until I got on the ridge. I went up over Tigger Pk and then on to Mt. Princeton. While there wasn‘t a lot of snow on the slopes, there are some snow filled gullies (wind slabs) that you would have to cross if you elect to take the risk and climb via the standard route.
|2013-10-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: I summited Mt.Princeton today(10/20), I was owning the mountain completely by myself ;). I was the only person in the mountain. Trail and peak is covered with 5-6 inches of snow. 2-3 inches of snow in Ridge. While heading down, it started snowing and almost 2 inches of new snow accumulation in the trail. Microspikes is a must. I was carrying my gaiters too, but I didn‘t use it. Also please make sure you always stay in the ridge, because I see multiple treads to the peak (Old trail and other connecting treads). The last portion was little tough, because of wind (almost 20-30+ mph) I have attached some of the pics both from trails and peak. Please let me know, if you need to more about the peak/trail conditions. If you wish to camp, there are 2-3 camping spots in 322A road (near upper TH). I also advise to drive to radio tower station in daytime, because the 322 road is very narrow.
|2013-10-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: Note that this conditions report may be out of date already, but wanted to share as an example of how quickly snow can melt. Stayed in BV 10/9-10/14. Princeton looked pretty clear of snow on 10/9, but a fair amount fell on 10/10. Hiked East Slopes route on 10/13 after a couple days of sunshine and virtually all of the snow from 10/10 had melted. However, more snow came on the morning we left, 10/14. I would guess TH road and trail up to about 12,000‘ melt pretty quickly, but rocky trail along the north face of 13,273 is more likely to have snow. Pics show trail leading up to north face of 13,273, remaining route along the face (where snow may be likely at this point), closer shot of rocky trail traversing 13,273 with a little snow remaining on 10/13, and ridge trail from 13,200‘ up to the summit. Highly recommend sticking to the ridge from 13,200‘ to the summit as much as possible. Although it may be more windy along the ridge, rock is much more solid. On the way up, I meandered on to social trails that lead me further from the ridge and more towards the east face of Princeton. Although it felt nice to get out of the wind, the rocks were much less stable and trail came and went. Stuck to the ridge on the way down and it was much better.
|2013-10-06||Route: Peak Pic
Info: Princenton from Johnson Village 10/06/2013
|2013-10-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: This is prior to the storm event of 10/4, so; The road up to the communication site is fine for any 4x4, except for the tight spot by the root wad/stump about 10,400 (thanks to somebody for cutting it out) - a full size truck will not make it past while this is still there. 3 good camping spots above the comm site, all of which can accommodate multiple vehicles if parked right. Some patches of snow on the NE aspect in the morning shadows, but no real problems. Turn uphill at the small wall blocking the old trail into the bowl. Once you hit the ridge, just a matter of picking a route through the rocks. A beautiful, bluebird day on top; no wind, nobody else there. Met one woman coming up when I was descending.
|2013-06-15||Route: East Slopes
Info: Snow free except for one gulley crossing that is roughly 15 ft wide. The crossing is boot packed and could be avoided if so desired. Starting to get a little crowded but not bad for a Saturday in June. Actually had the summit to ourselves for a couple of minutes.
|2013-06-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: Mt. Princeton is open for business! Had to cross three snowfields 10-30 meters wide but other than that it‘s smooth sailing. We also made it to the "4WD Trailhead" by the radio towers in a little four door Acura without too much difficulty. Any car with decent clearance and a gutsy driver should be able to make it. Two trail notes - It is easy to miss the turnoff from the mining road onto the trail so look at the route photos and keep your eyes open. It is also easy to miss the beginning of the switchbacks that lead to the ridge between Unnamed Peak and Mt. Princeton. There is a prospecting trail that leads to no where so don‘t miss the beginning of the switchbacks.
|2013-06-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: Put away your snowshoes and spikes - not needed on this peak (don‘t believe, me check out the photos)! Traversed just a handful of snowdrifts in the gulleys, just follow the foot prints. Some of the steep part of the trail is starting to get muddy due to melting snow, but it was still completely avoidable today. Summer hikers are getting active, so be aware of crowded summits and trailheads. This one wasn‘t too bad, only saw about 18 people or so total today - only 5 of us at the summit when I was up there. Great 360deg views!
|2013-06-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: Last week I saw a picture (in a conditions report) that gave the confidence to try Mt. Princeton, so I will do the same for the next guy. (I saw a dozen or so people on the mountain last Saturday.) I hope it helps...
|2013-06-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: Still a few snow fields left. The turnoff from the road to the trail at timberline was covered with snow and easy to miss. Snow fields on trail above that were, of course, on the steepest slopes. Snow is the consistency of a Slurpee by mid morning. Yak Trax or Micro Spikes would have helped a great deal.
|2013-05-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road clear of snow up to about 0.5 miles past the radio towers, which is sufficient to get to several camping spots above the towers. Climb to the start of the East slope traverse was a mix of snow and road/trail, but mostly clear and what was still snow was melting fast. The traverse along the East slope was almost entirely covered with snow. In the early AM the snow was frozen enough to merit microspikes to avoid your feet sliding downhill. Hiking solo I elected to pull my ice axe for a little more security particularly as the traverse crossed steeper sections where wet slide activity was obvious. In the afternoon the snow had soften up to justify bare-booting and sticking to trekking poles. The last summit push was a mix of snow and bare rock. There was/is a clear boot track across the traverse. Overall the postholing was minimal throughout the day - the snow pack just is not that deep. The drainages off the East Slopes were still holding adequate snow for some ski runs but the melt is changing snow coverage quickly. Photo 1: Broad view of traverse Photo 2: Closer view of snow conditions in AM about 3/4 way through traverse