Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  WSC_Geologist12
 Date of Info:  11/18/2012
 Date Posted:  11/18/2012

We hiked the road from about 10,575 ft just below the radio towers (see my TH conditions report).
The route is good. Mostly clear of snow (photo 1) until you get to the North side of the bowl (photo 2). The snow isn't deep enough to need snowshoes, and not packed enough to need yak trax (or microspikes, whichever name you prefer). I would bring gaiters, I wish I had mine. There is the occasional snow drift in places, but they are easily avoidable if you choose.
Upon reaching the ridge there is only a few patches of "drifty" windblown snow (photo 3, pretty high on the ridge). If you choose to follow the route by the book, or even follow the millions of cairns up there you'll encounter some drifts. Definitely no avalanche danger yet, but beware of the slips. Thin dry snow + already slippery rock don't mix too well.

If you're thinking of doing Princeton, do it soon while the road is still pretty good.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3

 Comments or Questions

11/19/2012 09:30
...for for letting me follow yall's bootprints all day. Made route finding a lot easier


11/19/2012 15:44
@eskermo - Glad you made it down safely!


Happy to help
11/19/2012 17:14
Glad that our bootprints helped. We tried our best to pick the path of least resistance through the minefields of cairns up there.


11/19/2012 20:12
Well, judging by your route finding skills I would have guessed y'all had hiked Princeton a dozen times before.

I'm glad we didn't stop to talk much longer. Several people including the CEO at my company are Geologists from Western State (@WSC), and I am also a GIS Analyst (@Handstand). Not that I was creeping on your profiles or anything...


Small World
11/20/2012 03:23
Haha. Well Princeton was a first for both of us.

We'd probably still be up there if we started talking about work!
We should meet up sometime and climb another this winter!

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