Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
White, Mt  -  13,667 feet
Date Posted:  11/26/2012
Date Climbed:   11/24/2012
Author:  DoubelDD
Additional Members:   illusion7il
 Antero White from Browns Creek loop  

Approx mile and elevation = 19miles and 6100 ft
Left 6:45am
Summit Antero = 11:15
Summit white = 1:30
Return 5:15pm
Company - iLlusion7iL (Preston)
All approx because my GPS tracking app died

The main reason for this report is show the route that leaves from Browns Creek TH, goes up Little Browns Creek and returns via Browns Creek.
I noticed the 14ers route up Browns creek seemed a little weird in that the mileage starts from 6 miles away from the trail head and the ascent above Browns Creek Lake to get to Antero White Saddle seemed incredibly steep on the Topo. Then I saw the excellent TR from Dehrlich and decided to go up his route up Little Browns Creek but descend the route described in 14ers as the standard route from Brown Creek TH. In other words go up Little Browns Creek and down Browns Creek. This worked well, the TH is easy to get to, the trails are all well marked and easy to follow, there was good scenery and no difficult climbing. This seems to me like a much better alternative then following a 4WD road from the Baldwin Gulch TH so here it is.

We left from the Browns Creek TH, no cars there, easy access road no snow no problems.
Left about sunrise

Follow the trail west about a mile and half to the reach the Colorado Trial. On the way to CT we our first look at Mt White
First look at Mt White

The trail is easy to follow and a sign point the way when you reach the CT
sign to Colorado Trail

Trun right at sign and head up this trail

You only stay on the CT for a little bit, then take a left and go up the Little Browns Creek following the Little Brown Creek Trail. There is some tree blow but most of it was cleared and it was a nice easy trail up the valley,
The Valley up little brown creek

looking at the ridge on the right as you head up little browns creek

Here is a shot looking back down the valley
looking back down the valley

after a bit you can leave the valley and head up to some 4WD roads
leave the valley and head up to Antero

A good look to the south show Shavano and Tabeguache
Shav and Tab from about 13,000 ft heading up to Antero


at the end of the 4WD road #278 you get a look at the ridge to Antero
a look at Antero from where where rd 278 ends

the ridge to Antero Summit / Preston in Pic

Antero Summit


Then we headed to Mt White, pretty straight forward except there was not clear trail to Mt White so we just headed straight up the rocks, the actual summit appears to be the middle point which is actually shorter than the two points around it, but that is what my map said and it is the most white point. In this picture is would be the point on the left
a look at mt White

Mount White Summit

Brown lake from point near mt White

Here is the valley that will take us back (Browns Creek)
Brown Creek Valley from Mt White

Here is a look at the route down mt white to the valley down to Browns creek. Picture take from the Antero side of the saddle
the desecnt route after leaving mt White

heading down to Brown Creek from Saddle at 12,700

Then head west until you reach the valley that will take you down to Browns Creek. The saddle at about 12,700 feet
The way down to Browns creek is great, sand mixed with rock makes it easy going. I thought the way this valley had two distinct colors was interesting that is why I took this photo. This appears to be the way the 14ers route up Antero via Browns creek is, and I'm glad we did not go up this, this would have been absolutely terrible to go up, very steep and loose.
looking back up the to the saddle at 12,700

the valley down to Browns creek

the valley down from the 4WD rd above Brown Lake

Once we got down to Browns creek valley the path was great and scenic, very nice hike out
Browns Lake AKA pt 11286


empty chairs somebody left us


The trail was cleared of all tree blow in Browns creek

We got back just about sunset

As you can see now real snow up there, a bit sad after the dry year last year, I hope we get some snow soon!
all photos can be seen here including a 360 on Antero Summit!i=2235435098&k=2zhggfq&lb=1&s=A

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 Comments or Questions

Much better than hiking the road
11/27/2012 03:12
Cool loop Darryl, I thought about that option but heard there was a ton of blow down on that side. Good to see that the Forest Service cleared it.


Awesome photo
11/27/2012 18:43
That's an awesome sunrise photo. BTW, there are nice campsites about ΒΌ mile upstream of Browns Creek Lake. It makes for a good starting point for climbing Tabeguache Peak, Mt. Shavano, and Unnamed 13712.

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