Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Iman86
 Date of Info:  03/10/2012
 Date Posted:  03/11/2012

The Return of Fake Winter (in a big way)

After reading TR's about trail breaking struggles up Princeton recently, we prepared for a long day.

You can probably drive to radio towers with food 4wd. Snowshoes not needed anywhere on route.

Ridge to Tigger almost 100% free of snow. Small (and I do mean small) sections of snow on route to Princeton. Microspikes may be wanted for some, but this whole peak could have been done in trail runners yesterday without an axe.

We decided to return via the standard route as there was barely enough snow on the North slopes of Tigger to cause tremendous concern.

 Comments or Questions

Fake Winter
03/11/2012 18:14
Maybe you should add fake snowflakes to your peak list then.

Matt Lemke

Love Fake Winter!
03/11/2012 19:25
Better than that misery fest we had on Spread Eagle last weekend lol
Glad I finally got this one
For those interested, there is less snow on Princeton now than there was in mid May last year


Great Day
03/11/2012 21:13
Hey Matt, I posted something similar to this last night. It was great seeing you again, sorry we didn't get much chance to chat. Hopefully soon we will meet again for another hike. It was great meeting everyone yesterday!


03/12/2012 02:23
Did you drive up to the towers? I have a 2003 Explorer and I'm thinking about Princeton on Tuesday.


03/12/2012 15:30
There were several wind drifts low on the road that would keep a car from getting through. Conditions were great and much of the road was dry, but you couldn't get through even with snow chains.


Mt Princeton Rd NOT Passable
03/15/2012 18:57
So my buddy and I (neither of us very smart) tried to drive up to the radio towers Tuesday morning. We made it less than a quarter mile in with a Tahoe and got completely stuck. Hit a patch of snow that looked pretty reasonable. Turned-out to be 3-ft deep. Called a tow-truck, which got 100 feet on to Mt Princeton Rd and then got stuck. He gave-up and left. Took us 6 hours and the help of a gentleman with a quad-runner and a winch to get out. Bottom line: Mt Princeton Rd is not passable even with 4WD and snow chains.

We did venture out about a mile and a half on the trail while waiting for the tow truck. Agree that snowshoes likely aren't necessary.


03/17/2012 00:16
Is it even worth bringing skis up there this coming weekend for the descent?

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