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Mt. Antero
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Risk Factors:Exposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Moderate  
 
Trailhead:Baldwin Gulch
Start:9,400 feet
Summit:14,269 feet
Total Gain:5,200 feet from the 2WD trailhead
2,400 feet if you drive a 4WD to 12,000'
RT Length:16 miles from the 2WD trailhead
7 miles if you drive a 4WD to 12,000'
Duration:User Climb Times
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:6/2019
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:237 reports
Cell Signal:20 reports
Sheriff:Chaffee: 719-539-2596
Forest:San Isabel
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Camping:On Google Maps
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Trailhead

From the junction of U.S. 285 and U.S. 24, south of Buena Vista, drive 5.5 miles south on U.S. 285 and turn right (west) on Chaffee County Road 162 - towards Mt. Princeton. Drive almost 12.5 miles on this road (dirt after 10 miles) to reach the signed Baldwin Gulch Jeep Road on the left (also listed as the 277 Road). If you plan on parking here, there are plenty of pull-offs along the road. This is the lower trailhead. Short, high-clearance 4WD vehicles can drive up the 277 road. Above the river crossing (10,850'), there are dispersed camping spots along the side of the road.

Route

Start up the #277 jeep road - 1. Snow usually covers portions of this road in early June. Even in mid-June, you may not be able to drive above 11,500'. The road is fairly steep in portions but can be driven with a small 4WD vehicle. Hike/drive 3 miles to a road junction at 10,850' - 2. Turn left on the #278 road and cross the stream in Baldwin Creek - 3. Continue another mile to tree line and follow the road as it begins to climb Antero's west slopes - 4 and 5.

Continue on the road as it zig zags up the west side of Point 13,800' - 6 and 7. Near 12,800', there's a long section of the road ( 8) that gradually ascends south to reach the ridge crest , near 13,100' - 9. Once on the ridge, your next goal is to reach the top of Point 13,800' by continuing up the 278A road - 10 and 11. Walk east, stay left on 278A at a junction ( 12) and yet another junction , near 13,200. Continue up the south side of Point 13,800' to reach the end of the road, near the top of Point 13,800' - 13 and 14.

The remaining hike is visible from Point 13,800' - 15. Hike along the ridge to reach the final, 400-foot summit pitch - 16 and 17. There's a trail that ascends right of the ridge crest and traverses across the upper south slope before turning left to climb to the summit. The start of this trail is a bit rugged, washed out and braided, but gets better near the middle of the slope. Your other option is to stay near the ridge crest and climb directly toward the summit - 18. Since the initial section of the old trail (on the right) has become more confusing over the years, many climbers use the direct line. 19 looks south from the summit .

Notes

If you are hiking in May or early June, you may not be able to drive far on the jeep road.
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