Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  06/05/2007
Date Climbed:   06/02/2007
Author:  TheKanes
 Mt. Princeton (standard)  

Saturday June 2nd - Without a trip report we take the road to Princeton by word of mouth. With only one minor detour we make it up just past the radio towers and parked. We set off at about 6:20 a.m. It takes a few miles to get to the trailhead, and of course we skip past it (unsure if the trail begins to the right where a pile of rocks is left or where the road ends up another mile.) Rick suggests the trail to the right, but I wonder if it will lead us to technical climbing. At the top of the road we realize there is no visible path to Princeton's peak so we head back to earlier trail. Pooped, we realize that we are exhausted from this detour and all the previous 14ers of the week.

We climb the trail and become reassured once we can see views of Princeton (by this point it's been an hour). The dogs are driving Rick batty, stepping on his heals and then disappearing up the ridge. We can see 4 other hikers ahead. We also let two more hikers pass us. We pass through several ice fields and are thankful we brought ice axes (no snow shoes though). The ridge becomes rocky for the rest of the way. There doesn't appear to be any clear, defined path, so we climb upwards to the top of the ridge.
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The final push up the mountain is steep and slow going.

We are absolutely beat (more from prior hikes than this one). After the little false summit thingy we reach the top at 10:20AM. There are still 4 other hikers atop. Two decide to hang out and we rest for 40 minutes. Remarkable conditions with views of the Collegiate Peaks are awesome!

Climbing back down is slick and straining on the knees. We pass a dozen or so other hikers near the snow fields.

We're amazed that they are just beginning their day's hike. Many people are in jeans, sweatshirts, tennis shoes, cut off shorts, and without any gear. We've decided this truly is a superhighway for hikers. We were glad to reach the truck by 11AM.


Exhausted and famished from a long week of hikes and camping, we pack up camp and head home. Of course once back to the Springs it was hailing and storming and we become nostalgic for another week in the woods. What a phenomenal trip!!!

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 Comments or Questions

Great Trip
11/30/2010 17:20
Man, it looks like you guy's had a fantastic trip. If you are ever interested in getting together for a 14er, let me know. My wife and I live in the Springs and would love to connect up with some other local climbers. PM me sometime if you're interested.


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