Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  fahixson
 Date of Info:  10/13/2013
 Date Posted:  10/17/2013

Note that this conditions report may be out of date already, but wanted to share as an example of how quickly snow can melt. Stayed in BV 10/9-10/14. Princeton looked pretty clear of snow on 10/9, but a fair amount fell on 10/10. Hiked East Slopes route on 10/13 after a couple days of sunshine and virtually all of the snow from 10/10 had melted. However, more snow came on the morning we left, 10/14. I would guess TH road and trail up to about 12,000' melt pretty quickly, but rocky trail along the north face of 13,273 is more likely to have snow.
Pics show trail leading up to north face of 13,273, remaining route along the face (where snow may be likely at this point), closer shot of rocky trail traversing 13,273 with a little snow remaining on 10/13, and ridge trail from 13,200' up to the summit.
Highly recommend sticking to the ridge from 13,200' to the summit as much as possible. Although it may be more windy along the ridge, rock is much more solid. On the way up, I meandered on to social trails that lead me further from the ridge and more towards the east face of Princeton. Although it felt nice to get out of the wind, the rocks were much less stable and trail came and went. Stuck to the ridge on the way down and it was much better.

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