Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  06/27/2011
Date Climbed:   06/19/2011
Author:  Torch13
 Happy Father's day to ME!  

I parked at the car trailhead and headed up at about 5:00 AM. I saw some deer just before dawn, and the moon over the Chalk Cliffs was an amazing site. Just before the Radio towers I got passed by 4 vehicles. If you pass someone hiking up, at least offer them a ride as a common courtesy, if you have space in your vehicle. It would have been nice for someone to offer me a ride up to the towers but oh well. After the radio towers the trail was well marked and easy to follow. No major snow at this point. Once above tree line it was off to the boulder fields. Mostly it was clear and easy to follow with a few well packed snow field crossings. By 13,000 it became a bit harder to find "the" trail. I saw a black bear bust over the ridge and come crashing down the other side. First time I've seen a bear on a 14er! The wind at the summit was around 45 mph but the rock shelters made for a great place to have lunch. On the way down I got side tracked over the old trail and had to cross the boulder field. Not fun, but a little adventure made it more interesting! On my way back to the radio towers I met up with a nice woman who offered me a ride down to my car. It was nice to have my faith restored in those who hike 14ers A great hike and a fantastic way to spend Father's Day!

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 Comments or Questions

Don't take it too personally...
06/28/2011 21:07
I respectfully disagree with you that it should be common courtesy to offer a ride to every hiker between a 2WD and 4WD trailhead. Everybody has different tolerances for road hiking between 2WD and 4WD trailheads, and so you just can't assume that everybody will feel the way you do. Personally, I nearly always park at 2WD trailheads and use the extra mileage to warm up and get the blood flowing after a long drive. And I HATE it when vehicles stop me and ask if I want a ride, even though the logical part of me knows that they are just being kind and friendly.

If the situation were reversed, would I stop and offer a ride? I probably would. But there would be a big part of me that would see a solitary hiker at 5:30 in the morning and say, ”That guy may just want to be left alone, so I'm going to leave him alone.”

Anyway -- I know I'm probably in the minority on this subject. But I definitely bristle at the thought that it should be common courtesy to offer rides to 4WD road hikers.

Having said all of that, I'm glad you had a good hike!


Free Ride
06/28/2011 23:10
I can see your point. And I agree TOTALLY that the solitude of an early start on a 14er is something special. There is something magical about the first morning light hitting the mountains. That's why I try to start most of my hikes about a half hour before sunrise

That being said, to me the noise of the trucks passing had already broken that, and a polite offer would have been nice. But thatís just me

So in short, I can totally understand where you are coming from, and if I do take my tuck on the next hike, and bother you by offering a ride. I apologize in advance.

Onward to my next O' Dark 30 hike this coming weekend and thanx for the comment. Any day in the mountains is better than one behind a desk. 8)


06/29/2011 14:19
What you said about any day in the mountains being better than one behind a desk -- now THAT, I can agree with!!

I've been telling people that I'm planning to have a ton of fun in July (i.e. a ton of hiking) and that I was going to earn it in June (i.e. a ton of sitting behind a desk).

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