Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  d_baker
 Date of Info:  12/29/2012
 Date Posted:  12/30/2012

5 of us hiked Princeton on Saturday, via SW ridge -- approached from Grouse Canyon.
Great route, but steep bushwacky approach to a great yet long up and down ridge. The ridge is worth it though!
This route is a nice aesthetic alternative to the "standard" route.

TH Conditions:
TH is accessible, and you can find the directions to it on TH status/directions page.
Some snow on the road, but manageable with clearance.

Approx. Stats:
~7mis RT
~5000 gain
~12hrs for 4 of us, the 5th is Mad fast, so was out in daylight.

Trail/Route Conditions:
We carried snowshoes to treeline where we stashed them. We wore them on the way out though.
Boot-top deep snow in trees on approach once above Grouse Canyon creek. Snow got a little deeper as we approached treeline.
We ascended a ridge to the left of a drainage that comes off the S/SW ridge. (See attached map with our approximate route.)
No concerns of avalanches on our chosen route.

Once on the ridge proper, it was class 3 & 4 scrambling with some snow. A couple of "knife-edgy" sections, but not hard. Headwall/crux was workable on its right side. Ascended & descended this class 4 line. ~40 of good rock w/exposure.
Overall, the scrambling portion of the ridge is short given the total length of the route. I think the ridge itself is 2mis long, RT.

Scrambling portion aside, its a ridge walk on talus with some trail to summit.

1.) Looking down to our treeline approach & the ridge we ascended to gain SW ridge proper
2.) Scrambly ridge portion. I wont mention names (because my fingers will be broken if I disclose who it is) but you can see one of our party on the class 4 headwall.
3.) Looking back on the scrambling part of the route, taken from above the headwall.
4.) Map, with approximate route.

Photos (click for slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

Pic #2
12/31/2012 15:40
Is really cool! Congrats to the ”5”. Happy New Year!

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