Peak(s):  Mt. Antero  -  14,269 feet
Date Posted:  06/12/2010
Date Climbed:   06/11/2010
Author:  dmccool
 Antero - On The Road Again...  

I started up the Antero road around 7:00pm (in a 2000 Toyota Tundra) and arrived at the first creek (lake) crossing around 7:45. My trip odometer put it around 2.7 miles. The road isn't too bad, but it's narrow and has a lot of loose rock.

I considered crossing the creek that night, but thought with all the late afternoon melting, it would probably be lower in the morning. Not true.

Woke up around 4:45 and saw the creek wasn't any better. So I prepared myself (mind over matter) to wade across in the freezing cold water. It's about 50 feet or so to the other side at its widest (and calmest) point.

After putting on my socks and boots and stashing my Keens, I started up the road/trail. It was a chilly morning and it appeared there was an overnight freeze.

The road was pretty uneventful for the first couple miles. Then I got to the first obstacle - a large snowdrift. If you're thinking of driving up past 12,000 ft. you probably won't be able to. This thing was solid and left no room to get around except on foot.

Antero blocked the morning sun, which made for a nice, cool morning ascent. It finally peaked over the ridge around 7:30am.

Another snowdrift just below the ridge.

A little past the 2nd drift, you'll see where a small trail leaves the road and heads up to the ridge around 13,000ft. If you take this shortcut, you won't have to follow the road as it circles the entire base of Point 13,800.

Start of the shortcut trail

Looking back to where the trail leaves the road.

View of the Collegiate Peaks and the Road Switchbacks

From the grassy base of Point 13,800 you have the option to take the entire ridge to the summit. This sounded like a good idea - until I got there. It's all talus, boulders, and loose rock. I decided to take the road around and up like the standard route calls for.

High up on the ridge approaching the summit - looking back down the slope. There isn't much of a trail, but it was fun climbing around.

Once on the ridge, the route reminds me so much of Princeton. For your summit approach, just pick the best line.

Summit Photos:
Mt. Princeton

Shavano and Tabeguache


My summit shot

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I had the summit to myself and stayed for about 20 minutes. From there, the wind picked up and big clouds were forming to the west.

Left Trailhead: 5:45am
Summit Time: 9:10am
Return to TH: 11:10am

I crossed back over the creek - which felt A LOT better after a long hike than it did in the morning. I headed back down the road with a couple friendly hitch-hikers.

It was a great day on a peak that I had put off for a long time - mostly because of the road. But I made pretty good time and had a great summit. Definitely the most calm and peaceful so far this season.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Good TR
02/05/2011 00:22
I was thinking of heading up there, and was just wondering if you made a mistake with your numbers (45 minutes to go 2.7 miles?). Thanks.


Stream question
11/30/2010 17:28
So you weren't comfortable driving past the creek in a 2000 Toyota Tundra? I'm really wanting to go do Antero STAT but I have no interest in a creek crossing if my '02 Ford Ranger won't be able to handle it yet. Doesn't look like much snow up there at this point, it's hard to believe there can still be such an amount of meltoff making that so deep. Other than that I'm pretty sure I've driven worse roads at least to that point, such as Lead King Basin and South Elbert (both rated the same on here according to difficulty, level 4 I think) as well as about halfway up Castle Creek road (to the point where the road splits to go south or west). How does this road compare to those? Maybe another week or 2 will make a big difference to mellow out that crossing to make it much more doable and less white-knuckling? The last trailhead update over 2 weeks ago stated that a Ford Ranger and a Jeep made it through the crossing - I‘m pretty sure my truck has more clearance than a Ford Ranger so maybe I‘ll just go for it. Not too keen on the narrow part you‘re talking about on the way up but I don‘t have a wide-base truck either. As long as there aren‘t any dicy switchbacks I‘m not too nervous about it, I‘ll likely be by myself without anyone to spot me from outside the truck. My key is to just drive across that stream and I‘m good to hike from pretty much that point‘s first parking spot.

Congrats on another summit and thanks for the pics and the trip report!


Driving time up the road
06/13/2010 14:59
No mistake. You should take it slow and choose your route carefully. It‘s pretty steep in a lot of sections and had some loose rocks that can give you problems.

I didn‘t cross the creek in the morning because I didn‘t know what it would look like when I got back down in the afternoon. Just a personal choice. A little further up the road there was another Tundra who crossed - so it can be done. I just chose not to. I can‘t compare the road to any that you mentioned, but i‘ll say that it‘s similar to Mt. Princeton Road to the radio towers, but it has more jagged/loose rock.


Stream Crossing
09/03/2011 14:44
I was the other Tundra that crossed. I think I was a little more aggressive on the ascent. Still took me 30 minutes to get from bottom to clearing just after the second creek. I do have oversized tires and small lift, but I think smaller vehicles can make it no problem. The road does not present obstacles like Lake Como, its just annoyingly rugged the entire way.


Stream crossing
06/13/2010 20:58
Doesn‘t sound too bad then. Maybe I‘ll just give Antero another week or 2 and hit a few others on my to-do list before then. Sometimes having a mid-size really does has its advantages!

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