We drove to the TH in Chaffee County Road 162 from Longmont (it took more than 3 hours, there was some traffic on the road). From there we decided to keep going on the 4WD road for 3 more miles. The road is worse than we thought it would be, but "Old Rusty" made it ok.
Baldwin Gulch crossing
That took another hour though... then we crossed the creek (Old rusty did) and we park there (10,850 feet) to start our ascent to Mt. Antero. It was late (around noon), took us all day to drive, but weather was nice and there were no clouds in the sky.
The road is mainly free of snow, we met with a couple of guys that were working on removing the remaining snow on the road. By now it is probably free all the way to the end.
On the way up
Going up the last few feet
It took us a total of 3 h 30 min total, we followed the road all the way (no shortcuts) which was easy.
From the summit
Then we decided to go down through one of the gulleys on the west side (not conventional route) which had a little bit of snow. We thought the glissade would be fun and it was!
The trip down was a little bit tricky with some scree and loose rock, but we managed to make it down, the snowy parts were the best.
On the way down we found one of the aquamarine rocks which is a beautiful blue color.
The trip down took us only 2 hours to the road and then 15 minutes to where the car was parked. Old rusty made it back through the stream.
Old Rusty crossing the creek
Then drove to our next camp spot in Huron Peak (see report).