Well, this report ends a great week of hiking with my brother Ed from MI. We will call this one “Ed’s Triple Crown.” On Friday morning at 3:33 AM we headed off from Colorado Springs for Mt. Princeton. The last three numbers on the odometer read 666 (bad omen?, I think not!). As we came into the Buena Vista valley Princeton was lit by dawn’s early light (
Dawn breaks on Princeton).
The drive up to 11,000 feet was uneventful, but if your vehicle has low clearance, you may have some difficulty with some of the dirt mounds across the road as you go above the towers. We parked along the side of the road and continued to hike up to the trail that starts steeply to your right at tree line. We were greeted by a herd of mountain goats on a nearby hill (
The climb is not difficult at first but becomes a bit more difficult as you shortly hit the talus. Here is a picture that shows most of the route up to the peak (
Looking up to the peak). Almost all of the snow that remains can be avoided and no snow gear of any kind is needed. The summit was warm with only mild breeze (
Ed and Dave at top). Taking our time it took 3 ˝ hours to summit and 2 ˝ hours to return to the jeep.
Here is Ed celebrating his Triple Crown, “Ten feet tall and bullet proof!” (
Ed at top "10 ft. tall and bullet proof")
The views from the top were awesome (
Summit views 1,
Summit views 2).
The hike back down was easy but you have to watch the loose gravel and talus as you select your footing. You can now enjoy the wild flowers that are in bloom (
Wild flowers 1,
Wild flowers 2). Here is a shot of an other-worldly alien crawling out from under a rock; or maybe just a cactus, you decide (
Cactus or alien?).
It has been an awesome week that we are sad to see come to an end. Three 14ers and countless great memories. Thanks for sharing with us.