Peak:  Mt. Princeton (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  ColoDreamin
 Date of Info:  12/29/2011
 Date Posted:  12/30/2011

-4WD is not sufficient to get beyond 8,900 trailhead. Need really good snow chains at a minimum; snowmobile would be best.

-Alpine snowshoes used for most of the route. Road to towers is covered in snow but packed down by vehicle use. Road beyond towers is unpacked and is knee-high at places.

-Trail above treeline is a mix of snow and rock; making it very slow going. If you don't use snowshoes, you are constantly loosing balance and post-holing in snow between the rocks (twisted ankle waiting to happen). If you use snowshoes you are awkwardly balancing of large, loose rocks.

-A few of the snow gullies/chutes are steep enough that you might slide if you lost your footing, therefore an ice-axe might be good to have. On the other hand, if you are careful with your footing, you should be able to do the entire route without one.

-Would highly recommend trekking poles with attachments for snow.

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