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Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Post Date:  06/07/2009
Date Climbed:   06/06/2009
Posted By:  Cheyenne 14

 Princeton Standard Route   

Me and my buddy Mikea arrived at the trailhead just above the radio tower about 6:00am. Road to the tower is clear with no obstructions. I have a Chevy Avalanche and had no trouble. One gentleman drove his Chrysler Pacifica (we met him later on the trail) to the radio tower also. He said it has 7" of clearance and only scrapped a couple of times. Image Image

The road up. Image Image

Mike on the road. Image Image

We hiked up the road to the trailhead and road is in good shape. On the way down two 4 runners parked adjacent to the trail where it leaves the road.

Our first look at Princeton from the road. Image Image

Here is where the trail leaves the road. Image Image

Top of rise before skirting ridge. Image Image

Me at rise. Image Image

The hike up went very smooth all the way to the ridge. There is about three to four snow colours to cross but they are no problem. We gained the ridge and the wind was the biggest obsticle from here to the top. We had 50 mph wind gust and I was blown over at least once. We met two ladies on the way down and one of them was blown over on the way up and decided to turn around.

We had dressed for bad weather which our summit would not have been possible without it.

We summitted at 9:20am. We would have summitted sooner but it was my first of the year and the last 400' was very difficult with the wind not helping. We actually stayed off the main trail and skirted the trail to the right to keep out of the wind. I did manage to get a photo of the plaque just below the summit.

Plaque Image Image

Final ascent. Image Image

Mike and I were alone on the summit. The conditions were so bad everyone who would summit would get on then off as quickly as possible. Here is photos of both of us.

Mike at top. Image Image

Me at top. Image Image

The hike down was fine once we got off the ridge and out of the wind and we were back at the truck by 12:20pm.

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  • Comments or Questions

Great report     06/13/2009 19:49
Thanks for the great report. How far is it from Mt Princeton Hot Springs to where to park to begin climb?
The plaque of the woman killed by lightning is an appropriate warning


Gloves     06/13/2009 20:10
Mike thanks for the cotton gloves !! Hope to see you guys up on in the hills again. Scott

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