Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/08/2009
Date Climbed:   07/07/2009
Author:  dmccool

 Mt. Princeton - Standard  

I left Colorado Springs the night before and drove to the Radio Towers. The 4WD road is in great shape, but go slow. It was a busy day on Princeton and I'm guessing it's only getting busier. I suggest driving there the night before or getting there extremely early.

View of the road above the radio towers.


Coming around a bend in the road, there is a "bench" of stone as Princeton appears.


As you make the last turn on the road, you can see the slope of the ridge and the steps up to the Trail.


After coming up the slope, the trail becomes mostly talus. Here is where the trail turns up to the ridge. There is a wall of rocks stopping you from taking the old trail.


On the rigde with the remaining route in view


View of Mt. Antero from the ridge


From the summit looking back down the route.


On the summit looking northwest


A busy day on Princeton. I started on the trail at 6:00am and summited by a little after 9:00am. It was a beautiful day with almost no clouds. I stayed on top for about 45 mintues and made it back to the towers by noon.

One concern - there were a ton of people starting their hike as I was finishing. The forecast was good for the day, but you never know.

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 Comments or Questions

Another day in paradise
08/29/2009 19:44
Great report and thanks for the update. THis is next on my list and, following your advice, will start early (during the week) 8)


Mt. Princeton hike
09/13/2009 15:28
I plan to hike the east slope main route up Princeton this Saturday, September 19. What time is recommended to be at the trailhead to start the hike in order to get a parking spot, and beat the rush? If I start the hike at 6 am will this be early enough? This hike, weather permitting, will be my 10th summit of a 14er this summer. If any are interested in joining me, please let me know. I would love some company. I solo hiked the Decalibron a few weeks ago in 5 hours to give you an idea of my conditioning. Speed is not an issue for me, I just enjoy being there, and taking a bunch of digital pictures.

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