Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  08/24/2005
Modified:  08/29/2007
Date Climbed:   08/21/2005
Author:  glodder
 Mt. Princeton - Standard East Slopes  

I traveled with my family to Colorado 8/18-8/23, and I was able to get away for a 14er hike on Sunday, 8/21. Mt. Princeton was the obvious choice as we were staying in BV and I needed a quick one in order to get back to the family. I got up at 4:00 and was in the car by 4:15. I reached a good parking spot at about 11,100 feet high on the Mt. Princeton road, and I began the hike from there, at about 5:00 am. On the way up, like the knucklehead that I am, I somehow lost the trail. Im blaming it on the dark. Anyway, I ended up climbing the rockfield below Tigger Peak and reached the Princeton/Tigger ridge relatively close to Tigger, so I decided to go ahead and climb Tigger first. Then I scrambled down then up the ridge to Princetons summit.

I wouldnt recommend the rockfield at all. The rocks were very loose, and the fact that it had rained/sleeted the night before made the rocks slippery too. I turned an easy hike into a much tougher one by losing the trail like I did, and I felt like I was damaging the fragile alpine zone for no other reason than stupidity.

I was the first one on the summit at about 8:15 am. I passed two girls on the way up and again on the way down, and later found out that they were SarahT and friend. I probably passed about 20 other people on the way down.

It was a perfect weather day and I could see a long way from the summit. Im guessing I saw Uncompaghre/Wetterhorn to the west which was my first view of those peaks. Princeton is the southwestern-most 14er Ive climbed to date. It was good to get my feet wet in the southern Sawatch and collegiates.


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