I had no idea there were roads on 14ers. Until we did Antero. I mean, Roach's book mentions that people can drive up the road, but I didn't think my little 4runner would make it all the way up above 13,000 feet, let alone the GMC pickups and surburbans and ford excursion I saw up there! It's a great 4WD road from Baldwin Gulch- we found a good camp site about .2 miles off of CTY RD 162. There was a LOT of jeep traffic grinding up and down the road. We set up camp on Friday night and loaded up the 4Runner at 6am on Saturday. I had 4 hiking friends with me including my 9-year-old son Benjamin. We figured we drive up the road a ways before we started hiking. But as far as I could drive I was happy to keep on driving. The road was surprisingly passable with my 4runner and we drove all the way up to the saddle at about 12,000 feet.
at 12,000 feet We could have driven further, but decided we wanted some hiking time.
Heading up the road. It was easy going all the way up the the end of the road above 13,000. It was not too bad from there either. Once you get off the road there's a little bouldering, but we ended up picking our own way up the ridge since the trail was totally covered over with a huge snow field. We made the summit without much trouble at all.
At the summit with my son Ben
We hiked back down to the truck and then drove over to Mt. White to try to bag it as well. There was another road up pretty high where we parked. There was a dude up there that said "this whole mountain is under claim" like six times. We were like, dude can we hike the mountain or what? Finally when he was convinced we weren't going to rob him of his quartz and stuff we hiked to the summit of White. It isn't much more than a pile of rocks, and none too pleasant to hike. There's really no good trail up there and there's a lot of loose rocks and tons of excavations sites where people are prospecting. We gained the summit and had some nice views of Antero.
A view of Antero from neighboring Mt. White
This was my 27th 14er and I found it a bit anticlimactic- simply because of the roads. I'm not used to being able to drive my truck up that high, much less every other 4WD enthusiast bombing around up there too. At one point some chick in a GMC truck with no topper came bombing around the corner at full speed- I was worried we were gonna get blown off the road!! So if it's solitude and the enjoyment of a little seclusion at the top of a mountain, Antero is not your ticket. But if you like driving your 4WD truck on high-elevation roads then it's a blast!