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Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

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Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby winmag4582001 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 9:57 am

My son has a 99 Forester with a couple inch lift and aggressive tires. He wants to know if he could make it up to the 12,000' parking spot on Antero. Opinions?
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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby MUni Rider » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:45 am

winmag4582001 wrote:My son has a 99 Forester with a couple inch lift and aggressive tires. He wants to know if he could make it up to the 12,000' parking spot on Antero. Opinions?


I parked a stock ('01?) Suburu Outback with street tires across the creek there several years ago. No problems getting there. Unless the road has gotten worse since then, his lifted Forester with good tires should have no problems.
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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby WINBOYS » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:51 pm

Went there last weekend. Other than a few large rocks here and there, I don't think he would have any issues. The first three miles are the worst. The roads above 10000 are actually pretty easy all the way up to 13000

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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby toekramp » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:59 pm

WINBOYS wrote:Went there last weekend. Other than a few large rocks here and there, I don't think he would have any issues. The first three miles are the worst. The roads above 10000 are actually pretty easy all the way up to 13000


what were you driving?
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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby drhansenej » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:05 pm

See Doctor No's conditions report from today. He and I hiked it this morning. The road is washed out from approx. 12,000 ft, and a river is running down the road to about the first stream crossing at 10,800 or so. It's very wet up there right now.

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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby Doctor No » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:42 am

Yep:
http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/peakstatus_entry.php?recnum=2539

I don't think you'll want to go above 11,900', and I'd bet money that you won't get past 12,300' (unless you're an ATV, and I'm still not sure how the two that we saw were able).

It's only going to worse, too, with all of the water coming down that road right now.

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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby ezabielski » Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:06 pm

MUni Rider wrote:
winmag4582001 wrote:My son has a 99 Forester with a couple inch lift and aggressive tires. He wants to know if he could make it up to the 12,000' parking spot on Antero. Opinions?


I parked a stock ('01?) Suburu Outback with street tires across the creek there several years ago. No problems getting there. Unless the road has gotten worse since then, his lifted Forester with good tires should have no problems.


I did Antero this weekend. My friend said that taking his Forester (07?) to the 4WD TH was on the limit, and that he bottomed out a few times. He went up at night and had a friend spot for him quite a few times. I didn't even attempt to take my 97 Outback up.

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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:53 am

I drove a rental Jeep Liberty with street tires and carrying four people to 12,000. Slow going but not as difficult as I had imagined. The runoff would be another dimension to that drive. The road above 12,000 was really good.
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Re: Mt. Antero 4wd Road to 12k'?

Postby Doctor No » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:16 am

Duffus Kentucky Climber wrote:I drove a rental Jeep Liberty with street tires and carrying four people to 12,000. Slow going but not as difficult as I had imagined. The runoff would be another dimension to that drive. The road above 12,000 was really good.


At the moment, I'd call the road above 12,300 (the washout) very good - I wouldn't think twice about taking my Ranger on it.

That spot, though - hoo boy.

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