Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  06/22/2008
Date Climbed:   06/20/2008
Author:  ll262
 Baldwin gulch TH  

Having a few days off of work and some nice weather, I decided to head down to the Sawatch range to start the summer climbing season. My first stop would be Mt. Antero. I ended up leaving Denver later than I had hoped but at least I was able to drive up the 4WD road to make the trip a little shorter. They aren't kidding when they say the road is very rough, but what is not mentioned is how narrow it is in spots. Luckily I didn't encounter anyone in either direction because there are very few spots where you can pull off to the side to allow someone to pass. I parked at the road turn-off for Antero, just before the creek crossing.
It is possible to drive higher as the road is clear up to the first switch back but this was a good point for me.
After walking up the remainder of the road, and crossing a second but much smaller creek, I reached the switch backs, there was less snow in the couloir then previously reported but you could still see tracks leading up the snow from people who bypassed the switch backs. This is a photo looking down the couloir from above.
With the late start, I left my vehicle at 9:15, I decided to bypass the first couple switch backs by heading up the couloir. The snow was getting soft and slick due to the warm temps so when the turn for the 3rd switch back intercepted the snow I moved back onto the road. It was actually faster to follow the road.
There were still a few small snow fields along the road that you had to walk through, but nothing that required anything more than just trekking poles. Once up on the ridge you can see the remaining route to the summit, which is clear except for a few small snow fields that are easily by passed.
Besides the wind picking up once on the ridge it was a great day otherwise with clear skies and sun. About 2hrs after starting I reached the summit and enjoyed the views in all directions. Shavano and Tabeguache as seen from the summit of Antero.
After enjoying the views and solitude on the summit I headed back down. The snow was melting fast and both creeks were running a little faster and were slightly wider on the return trip but still easily passable on foot. Mt Antero's summit and ridge as seen from my vehicle.
All in all a good day and a good way to start the summer, it was now onto the Blank gulch TH to camp and then climb Shavano and Tabegauche tomorrow.

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 Comments or Questions

Great TR!
06/22/2008 16:35
Looks like you had a picture perfect day ll262. A couple of us were up there the day after you on Saturday and we had nearly identical conditions! Good luck on Shavano and Tab!

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