Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  09/17/2009
Modified:  09/18/2009
Date Climbed:   09/11/2009
Author:  rockchalker
 Rocky Princeton  

This was to be the third day of our four day "Fourteener's in September" journey. Two down, two more to go.

On Friday, September 11, shame on us for forgetting our American flag for photo ops on top, we arrive at the Radio Towers on the Princeton Trail road and park here. The road up wasn't bad unless you happen to meet someone coming the other way. We met climbers along the way who had driven farther up the road and at least one couple who had parked at the start of the Mt. Princeton Road. Compared to the hike up Yale the day before we had plenty of company on Princeton.

There are 6 of us today, Stu (NY), Greg (KS), Tim (AR), John (KS), Evan (TX) and myself (TX). We headed up the road around 7:45 AM and summitted around 11:15 AM. Not our favorite hike as the trail was very rocky for much of the way. That said, there is no such thing as a bad hike on a Fourteener! The weather was the best so far, warm temperatures and sunshine the entire way.

By 4:00 PM we were back at the Radio Towers and drove back to the Leadville Hostel to fuel up and rest up for Saturday's attempt on Shavano/Tabuguche.

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L to R, John, Stranger, Tim, Stu and Greg head up the Mt. Princeton Road.

Stranger, Stu, John, Rockchalker and Greg at the start of the actual trail.

Working our way through the rocky trail with the summit ahead.

Stu and Greg manuver through the rocks.

The way to the summit

Greg and Stu and more rocks.

Stu pauses prior to heading on to the summit.

Stu, Greg, Rockchalker and John prior to the final push to the top.

Tim celebrates as he approaches the summit!

John, Stranger,Greg, Stu, Tim and Rockchalker on top.

Our summit recorded.

Rockchalker, glad to be on solid ground, out of the rocks.

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