Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/04/2009
Date Climbed:   07/01/2009
Author:  gjbright
 Another beautiful day on Princeton  

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Had heard a lot of different issues about Princeton so decided to drive up to the radio towers on Tuesday after getting done with Sherman and scout things out. 4 wheel drive roads are 4 wheel drive roads but if you take your time I found it to be one of the better ones to get around on. Found adequate parking about .3 of a mile above the towers and decided that I wouldn't press my luck and drive any further. As it turns out you can go higher if you're into cutting the route mileage down and saving the legs. Gave someone a ride down from between the towers and where he was parked on the Colorado trail. He said that the route was pretty hard to follow until you reached the ridge. For someone like myself who can get lost 2 blocks from my house this was somewhat concerning as I was doing this one solo.

In any event got up at 4:30, drove up to the same parking spot and was on the trail by 5:45. The access "stairs" to the Princeton trail are as described on the standard route and other trip reports - no problem finding. Once I got on the ridge under No Name my concerns given to me the day before vanished. The route is clearly visible all the way to the ridge and if you just take your time and watch for the cairns should be no problem. For those of us who are directionally challenged a big thank you to all who take the time to establish the cairns. They are and have been helpful to me. The route to Princeton from around 12,000 feet to the summit is mostly rock hopping (sorry talus) so I took my time and reached the summit at 8:20. While I would say the route to Princeton is not the most pleasant, the views were just spectacular and confirmed why I like doing this. Was a another beautiful day with great weather.

Image Sunrise from 4 wheel drive road
Image Route up Princeton
Image Another cheesy summit picture
Image Bells and Pyramid (I think)
Image Route from the summit
Image Blocking wall on trail that directs you back left to the ridge
Image Access to Princeton trail from 4 wheel drive road

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 Comments or Questions

Not to be a knowitall
07/05/2009 17:41
The picture you had naming the Bells and Pyramid is actually of Harvard and Columbia, just thought you‘d like to know!


thanks for setting me straight
07/06/2009 22:06
I feel kind of dumb but at least the views were spectacular!!

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