| Antero from Baldwin Creek Crossing
Route: West Slopes via Baldwin Gulch, from Baldwin Creek Crossing
Distance: 9 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,430'
This is my first 14ers.com trip report, marking the occasion of my 14th 14er climb. '' My husband and I are truly enjoying the pursuit of all of our beautiful state’s great peaks. Our rings actually depict Grays and Torreys because he proposed to me on Torreys Peak.
Our Antero Adventure began on Friday night with dinner at the Coyote Cantina in Johnson Village. (Awesome grilled veggie burritos!) There were a series of light rain showers moving through the area that evening. After dinner we headed to our trailhead. Our thought was to take our AWD Nissan Murano up the 4-wheel-drive 277 Road to the point where Baldwin Creek crosses the beginning of 278 Road. We did manage to get our vehicle up to this point, and back down to the main county road the next afternoon, but we do NOT recommend taking an ordinary AWD vehicle up this road. We now understand that 4-wheel-drive road means, well, 4-wheel-drive road. ''
When we awoke at 4:00 am Saturday morning, we were greeted with a clear, clear star-filled sky with no moon. The stars were simply incredible, looking so close it seemed we could reach up and touch them, with the band of the Milky Way arching across the sky. We are definitely slow pokes when it comes to getting ready in the morning, so we did not hit the trail until 6:00 am.
We easily crossed Baldwin Creek on rocks on the downstream side, and headed up 278 Road.
Baldwin Creek crossing It was a pleasant climb on the cool west slopes. It wasn’t until we were about to tree line at 12,000’ that vehicles on the road began to pass us. Each time we stepped up off the road on the uphill side (to keep gravity on our side should anything go wrong), and let the vehicles go by. At times this proved to be a challenge as the slopes can be quite steep. Fortunately, on the way up, only 6 vehicles passed us. Quite a different story on the way back down in the late morning to early afternoon. As we walked up the never-ending switch backs, we enjoyed the numerous wild flowers.
Columbine Here is a look back at the road.
278 Road switch backs
The slopes of Mt. Antero and the nearby 13ers are rich with gems, and thereby busy with the many gem hunters searching for their treasures. There were more gem hunters, by far, than there were climbers. Eventually, our road branched and we stayed to the left twice, keeping on 278A Road to Point 13,800. From here, the summit is a ridge walk and a 400-foot “up” away.
Taken from Point 13,800, showing Mt. Antero The trail is quite good and clear all the way to the summit. Here’s a shot looking straight up at the summit from about 200 feet below.
We summited at 10:00 am (we had taken time on the way up to convert to shorts and lowest-layer shirts and to apply sun screen) and enjoyed the views of Tab (right) and Shav (left), visited 2 weeks ago
Tabeguache Peak (right) and Mt. Shavano (left) , and Princeton, to be visited 2 weeks from now.
Mt. Princeton And here’s our obligatory summit shot (14 for me, 18 for my husband). '' After spending about 30 minutes on the summit, we headed back down, this time dodging numerous vehicles and ATVs, making it back to the Baldwin Creek crossing at 1:45 pm.
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