Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  07/24/2019
Date Climbed:   07/20/2019
Author:  arianna2
 What more can you say about Antero...   

The road is what is a little different this year. There was a flash flood that changed the first 100+ yards to the first stream crossing. It is in pretty rough shape. We did it in a Jeep Grand Cherokee that lifts about 2.2 inches but it was still a little sketchy at times.

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Looking back on that first crossing and wash out

After that to the main creek crossing is typical 4x4 road. There is one small area that is packed snow drift/avalanche debris. The left side had a deep spin out hole that we put a few rocks in to help stay somewhat balanced. Looked like others followed suit and put more rocks in it. Probably will change a lot over the next week or two.

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We started right before the main stream crossing mainly to make sure we did our 3000 feet. We also didn't know what the road looked like afterwards and if there were places to turn around. Come to find out we definitely already did the hardest part of the road and could have gone further. There are a lot of nice camping spots past the stream so we certainly could have turned around. Maybe just a few spots for camping or turning right before the stream. The stream is full but cross-able by vehicle and you can walk on the rocks to get across.

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We looked at that LONG road and decided to take a short cut up the gully that still had a fair amount of snow in it. It was still really icy and hard at 630-7am so micro-spikes were much appreciated. They help on the dirt in the grass section too. We estimate we missed a mile and a half of road and it was much more interesting to us.

I tried to lighten the picture a bit but wasn't real successful. There is more snow than it looks like.
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The wildflowers were beautiful and great to see finally.

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Leave it to my retriever to find a spot at almost 14,000 feet that he could actually swim. Brrr!!

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Here is a picture of the real part. Doesn't look like anyone goes to the right of the ridge crest. It is easy to follow more directly to the summit.

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It is about 3 hours to the summit for us. Had a nice picnic up there.

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Ran into a herd of mountain goats

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By 1045 the Jeep Wrangler parade had started. We ducked out and got in some fun glissading before having to walk on the road again.

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We were back in the truck by 1 pm but we did stop at the creek to cool off for a bit. Pretty big storm came in after we left and the mountain looked pretty socked in from BV.

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Comments or Questions

07/25/2019 08:14
Thanks for the pics and details on the road. Looks like a great day. Typical doggo to find water to swim...

Ok for regular SUV?
08/18/2019 22:31
I've always been debating about this peak and taking our 2014 Ford Explorer up that road as far as we can go. It says a Jeep road, and you mention a Jeep Wrangler parade, but our Explorer has the intelligent AWD system and did the 4WD road outside of Winfield, to Huron trailhead, just beautifully.

Now that it is August, and we plan to get to our next 14er in September, what do you think about taking a regular SUV?

08/19/2019 08:06
The Huron road is quite a bit easier than this Antero road but I think it would be doable. The worst part of the road is the first 100 feet so if you are comfortable doing that then you should make it all the way. Lots of bigger rocks and dips but careful route finding so to speak should keep you ok. Our grand cherokee has that 4 wheel drive system that gives you an extra 2.2 inch lift which was nice but probably not required. The stream should be easily crossable by now. I think we saw a car go across-scarily-when we went back up there to go to the lakes. We didn't go past the stream in the jeep but walked it and like I said didn't look anywhere near as bad as the beginning of the road. Now the road up to the lakes is a little different story but sounds like you want to go up Antero and that should be fine. Not as many places to turn around higher up but there are places. Have fun!

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