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 Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
 Post Date:  11/20/2009
 Date Climbed:   11/08/2009
 Posted By:  summitbound

 Princeton- Soutwest Ridge Grouse Creek TH   

I don't usually do Trip Reports but the site needs number 5,000 right?

Did Princeton a few weeks back from the Grouse Creek TH. At that time we were able to drive within 100 yards of the summer TH.

Time from truck to summit 7 hours and return time 4 hours. This is a big day and lots of elevation gain in a short distance. The bushwacking and postholing only added to the effort.

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The truck is down there somewhere. Left the trail and headed for the ridge line way too soon but oh well.


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Bushwacking through aspen thickets..yuck


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The one benefit of being off route was finding this cool old miners cabin


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If you take the actual trail this is where you would have hit the ridge line


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some of the class 3/4 sections on this route


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My buddy heading right up the rib, this was fun.

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Looking back down at the ridge just traversed

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view from point 13,971 at the remaing route to Princeton


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Looking back at Pt 13,971 and a small partof the ridge traverse


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Summit- the last register entery was Oct 4. didn't see any other people the entire day. Nice!

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view of Tigger Peak and the standard route. I had never been on the standard route so I elected to descend this route. It made for a nice tour de Princeton. Be sure and have someone available to move your vehicle if you do this.


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Looking back up at the very wind blown and snow covered trail.

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Numerous gullies on the north side filled with snow. It was late in the day for me and the snow was fairly solid, but made for a good excuse to use my ice ax.

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snowshoeing on the 4x4 road. This is above the radio towers and having to go all the way to the ranch gates added many miles to the day...



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  • Comments or Questions
skier25


#5000! Yay     2009-11-20 15:40:13
Cool variation. I‘ve never seen it done this way. Good job!


Kiefer


Agreed     2009-11-29 21:11:55
An interesting way in doing Princeton.
That small rib looks awesome and I like pic #11
Looks like a decent day out!



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