Peak:  Mt. Antero (14er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  shmaig
 Date of Info:  05/28/2012
 Date Posted:  05/29/2012

Almost completely clear of snow throughout the route. There are a few minor snowfields remaining toward the top, but nothing difficult to walk over or around. The 4.2 mile "jeep" road to get up to timberline is pretty rough. We made it in our Ford Explorer, but we thought it might knock every bolt loose a few times. Do not attempt this road without 4x4 and decent clearance! You will not make it and there are very few places to turn around. Hats off to the trip reporter who drove that road in a Subaru -- Not sure how you made it! The hike itself is relatively easy since you follow the remaining jeep/atv trail most of the hike from timberline. The last section is just a steep scramble up a lot of scree. We were blasted with cold wind most of the hike and didn't spend much time on top due to the wind. Very deserted hike for us as we only encountered a few other people the entire route, and this was over Memorial Day weekend!

 Comments or Questions

05/29/2012 21:34
We got our butts kicked trying to get up that road in a Rav 4. Only made it .3 miles before bottoming out several times and being forced to turn around.

I was wondering how the hell a subaru got up there as well.


05/30/2012 04:12
I've been meaning to post beta (climbed on Saturday), but having issues posting pictures ... but we parked at 10,800'-ish just after the stream crossing, which worked out great (if without the aforementioned 4x4 specs, this might be a great spot to park). The rest of the route was not bad at all, like you said, all snow is avoidable or manageable.

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