Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  06/25/2006
Modified:  06/26/2006
Date Climbed:   06/24/2006
Author:  freeze
 Antero via Raspberry Gulch  

Yesterday, I decided to take an alternative route in order to summit Mt. Antero in order to avoid exhaust fumes.

I drove up into Raspberry Gulch. From Highway 285, you go south past Nathrop and turn west on highway 270. Then you take 270 to an intersection a little over a mile in. 270 turns to the right, but you stay straight and the road turns to dirt. Then you follow that road PAST the Browns creek turnoff, taking the first left on a forest service road past the Browns creek turnoff. Then you 4wd to the end of the forest service road.

At the end of the forest service road, there is a trail that continues up the valley that appears very popular for horseback riding. You hike on that trail for about one mile into an obvious saddle. You then vear off the trail and simply climb up to the ridge about 1000 feet above. Then you can just follow the ridgeline all the way to the summit. The majority of the ridge is on very durable terrain (meaning a lot of scrambling through rock fields).

This route provided me the opportunity to views one herd of bighorn sheep fairly close up and a herd of mountain goats. Clearly I did not see anyone else on this route, and I even had the summit to myself. The round trip was likely around 9 miles.

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 Comments or Questions
Wish I lived in CO

07/20/2010 20:45
Thx for the beta, I may use this.

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