Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,197 feet
Date Posted:  07/14/2010
Date Climbed:   07/13/2010
Author:  dpwellington
 Mt Princeton  

I climbed Mt Princeton from the Mt Princeton trailhead, 5000' and 13+ miles roundtrip. There is no snow anywhere along the trail. The first 60% of the climb is along the 4x4 road until 11,800' where the formal trail begins. I've climbed 12 of the Sawatch range 14ers and Princeton seemed to have the most talus along the trail, perhaps Tabeguache has more. Anyway the vistas of the Arkansas valley were topnotch.

If you have a 4x4 you may want to park further up the road or at the Radio Towers to insure you've met the 3000' foot guideline if this important to you.

I don't think the extra climbing from 9,000' adds much to the experience and can turn a 3 hour climb into something much longer than 5 or 6 hours. I ran the last four miles down the 4x4 road and this climb still took me nearly 5 hours. The amount of "tippy" talus on Mt Princeton is quite tedious.

Only 3 more Sawatchers to go ;)

 Comments or Questions

Going to do the same
08/11/2010 19:10
So it took you 5 hours from where you started-round trip? That is good! We will be doing that same route tomorrow and I was trying to estimate how long it might take us.

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