Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  08/02/2006
Date Climbed:   08/02/2006
Author:  chrisrh57

 Mt. Antero via Baldwin Gulch  

Began the hike solo at 6:30am from CO 162 (making this a 13.5 mile hike). It took a little over an hour to reach the road fork for Mt. Antero and Lake Baldwin. The hike up this first 3 miles was thru mainly forest, with the creek running beside the road on several occasions. There were only 2 4WD vehicles that passed me.

After bearing left at the fork in the road (at 10,800), I crossed Baldwin creek, and continued thru patchy forest for about another 45 minutes. at this point I was at roughly 12,000 ft - and moved frward to begin the large switchbacks up to 12,800. Again, very little traffic, and nice views of Mt. Antero at points.

After the switchbacks there is another road junction - 278A continues up to Antero, and 278B goes off to the right.

The road leads directly up to the ridge that crosses over to Pt. 13,800, and there is a nice trail to the right of the ridge to follow - very clear. Once past Pt. 13,800 and ready to ascend the final 400', look to the right for a nice trail that switchbacks up to the summit. This is a much better path than the scamble straight up, and even worked well on the descent.

Total ascent time from the road was 4:45, and total descent was about 3:45. There were only 2 hikers from Co 162, and probably 10-15 others who went up most of the way on ATVs - I am guessing most of them did not summit. There was one other group of about 8 from Brown's Creek TH that summited about the same time as I did.

Although it is 13-14 miles R/T when you park at the CO 162 Baldwin Gulch TH, I would recommend taking the time to go through the forest, rest by the creek, etc.


 Comments or Questions

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2017®, 14ers Inc.