| Antero - On The Road Again...
I started up the Antero road around 7:00pm (in a 2000 Toyota Tundra) and arrived at the first creek (lake) crossing around 7:45. My trip odometer put it around 2.7 miles. The road isn't too bad, but it's narrow and has a lot of loose rock.
I considered crossing the creek that night, but thought with all the late afternoon melting, it would probably be lower in the morning. Not true.
Woke up around 4:45 and saw the creek wasn't any better. So I prepared myself (mind over matter) to wade across in the freezing cold water. It's about 50 feet or so to the other side at its widest (and calmest) point.
After putting on my socks and boots and stashing my Keens, I started up the road/trail. It was a chilly morning and it appeared there was an overnight freeze.
The road was pretty uneventful for the first couple miles. Then I got to the first obstacle – a large snowdrift. If you're thinking of driving up past 12,000 ft. you probably won't be able to. This thing was solid and left no room to get around except on foot.
Antero blocked the morning sun, which made for a nice, cool morning ascent. It finally peaked over the ridge around 7:30am.
Another snowdrift just below the ridge.
A little past the 2nd drift, you'll see where a small trail leaves the road and heads up to the ridge around 13,000ft. If you take this shortcut, you won't have to follow the road as it circles the entire base of Point 13,800.
Start of the shortcut trail
Looking back to where the trail leaves the road.
View of the Collegiate Peaks and the Road Switchbacks
From the grassy base of Point 13,800 you have the option to take the entire ridge to the summit. This sounded like a good idea – until I got there. It's all talus, boulders, and loose rock. I decided to take the road around and up like the standard route calls for.
High up on the ridge approaching the summit – looking back down the slope. There isn't much of a trail, but it was fun climbing around.
Once on the ridge, the route reminds me so much of Princeton. For your summit approach, just pick the best line.
Shavano and Tabeguache
My summit shot
I had the summit to myself and stayed for about 20 minutes. From there, the wind picked up and big clouds were forming to the west.
Left Trailhead: 5:45am
Summit Time: 9:10am
Return to TH: 11:10am
I crossed back over the creek - which felt A LOT better after a long hike than it did in the morning. I headed back down the road with a couple friendly hitch-hikers.
It was a great day on a peak that I had put off for a long time – mostly because of the road. But I made pretty good time and had a great summit. Definitely the most calm and peaceful so far this season.
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