Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  mrschaible
 Date of Info:  02/13/2013
 Date Posted:  02/14/2013

Mt Princeton received about 2-3" of new snow at the lower elevations. The road to the radio towers is snowmobile packed and dirt. It is in great shape and I saw older 4wd tracks to the radio towers. If you can make it to the radio towers in summer conditions, you could make it as of yesterday. Parking at the radio towers may be problematic. There is at most 5" of snow on the road. Above the radio towers, there are very large drifts that keep you on the downhill side of the road. There was faint remaining of a trench that I was able to use. The turn off the road marker is buried in snow (as is that whole section of road) so don't bother looking for it. You will need to be familiar with the location or use GPS (like I did). You will have to go straight up hill for a short period to make the ridge. This was the only place I did any post holing so I would not bother with snowshoes. Once on the ridge it is windblown with 5-6" of crusty snow on the trail. The trail is still easy to find, but due to the wind, you will have to break trail. Once you approach the saddle leading to the summit, the trail becomes much harder to find. I lost it several times with the strong winds and blowing snow. Microspikes and poles are a must.

 Comments or Questions

avy issues?
02/15/2013 08:58
thanks for this - very helpful to have an update as i suspected there was an increase in snow there.

any sense as to whether avy danger is an issue?

thanks again!


Avalanche Danger
02/15/2013 14:00
No avalanche issues as of Wednesday. The upper portion of the trail was wind scoured. The only real snow was on the trail. At the very summit, on the opposite side, there was a cornice that could cause problems but if you stick to the standard East Slopes route you will never get near it. As of now, you could not even ski down the snow routes!


thanks so much for the info
02/16/2013 18:37
amazing that it is still so dry!

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