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.

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

Bushwacking through aspen thickets..yuck

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

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

some of the class 3/4 sections on this route

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

Looking back down at the ridge just traversed

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

#5000! Yay
11/20/2009 22:40
Cool variation. I‘ve never seen it done this way. Good job!


11/30/2009 04:11
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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