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|2015-08-25||Route: West Slopes
Info: We hiked up from the creek crossing at 10,850‘, keeping it simple by following the jeep road up to the jump off at 13,800‘. The road was dry and even with some long stretches of rough, loose rock. This makes the descent quite challenging so watch your footing! There is little to admire and, thankfully, little traffic to deal with during the ascent. We finally reached the summit trail, at 13,800‘ - a short route across a ridge (some exposure and scrambling in places) and a quick ascent to the summit. The ridge was the highlight of the hike for us as we were quite disappointed by the bland and boring road hike we‘d had up to this point. After the ridge, we angled to the right, picking up a gradually rising trail that took us to the summit. There are several cairns marking the route and the beautiful, clear weather made it easy to pick it out from the massive talus slope. There is also a direct ascent to the summit from the ridge for the impatient hikers or those with little time for the ascent.
|2015-08-22||Route: West Slopes
Info: We hiked up the West Slopes after parking at 10,850‘ (creek crossing). The path is easy to follow since you‘re walking on a Jeep road all the way to 13,800‘. Walking on the road wasn‘t a very exciting hike and we had to move out of the way of ATVs and cars while going up and down since it‘s a narrow road. Just before 13,100‘, we took a well-beaten path to the left of the road (if heading up) to walk up to the 13,100‘ point (kind of a small field). This was shorter mileage-wise than following the road as it wrapped around this point. At this point/field, make sure to get on the right road that continues to Antero rather than the 13er (Mt. White) in the distance - see 14er‘s photo #15 for this route to make sure you stay on the right road. We stayed on the road all the way to 13,800‘ (option 2 of the two options from 13,100‘). At 13,800‘ (the last place cars can drive to), there‘s a small ridge to get to the final ascent. The route on the ridge was easy to follow but very windy. The final ascent up Mt. Antero did not have a very easy to follow route - especially coming down and was also very windy. The summit, however, was not windy at all and offered great views of Princeton, Shavano, and Tabeguache. Coming down, we cut down a trail to cut some mileage off the hike and get down faster (clouds looked like they were moving in) and were able to cut off a few switchbacks on a well-beaten path. We saw another hiker avoid most of the switchbacks below 13,100‘ by cutting all the way down in a gully with a lot of rocks. Our trip took us about 6 hours round trip from the 10,850‘ creek crossing including stops and breaks and about 20 minutes at the summit. Driving the road from the 2WD trailhead (off 162) to the creek crossing took about 30 minutes up and a bit longer down. I posted road conditions on the TH section if you want to know about the Jeep Road 277.
|2015-08-10||Route: From Browns Creek
Info: Drove a modified Cherokee up to 13,700 feet with no difficulty. The road is roughest right at the beginning, and then for a half mile or so after the creek crossing. We were followed up by a stock 4-Runner on AT tires who managed it perfectly. Once the switchbacks begin it‘s smooth sailing, with only a few rough and steep switchbacks right before the parking at 13,700 feet.
|2015-08-09||Route: West Slopes
Info: Road is easy to follow. Be careful on loose rock on the descent.
|2015-08-02||Route: West Slopes
Info: KEY FOUND!!!! A member of my group for a Nissan key on the trail. We put it in the brochure box at the TH.
|2015-07-11||Route: West Slopes
Info: There was only one switchback high up where there was still a few feet of snow to cross, soessentially none on the whole route. There was snow patch on the uppermost slope across the recommended trail, so everyone hiked the ridge to the summit. Just above Baldwin creek there was one big creek crossing on the road; there were two logs nicely tied together set across it as a bridge; these logs were off to the right where you might miss seeing them. There was one more seasonal creek across the road a few hundred meters later. It was not difficult to cross on rocks.
|2015-07-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: Some snow patches, but all very avoidable. We drove my RAV4 to a half mile below the water crossing. I think we could have made it over, but I‘d suggest a vehicle with higher clearance.
|2015-07-03||Route: West Slopes
Info: The road/trail up Antero is clear for all hikers. It is a beautiful climb. I started at the creek crossing (10800 feet) at 4a.m. This was the first time I got driven off the top by lightning at 8:00 a.m. By 9:00 the sky was clear. Because of a snow field the only way to the summit is straight up the ridge, but it is not difficult.
|2015-06-26||Route: West Slopes
Info: Managed to park at the 4wd trailhead just before the stream, the road is a boulder field though... Trail is dry at 95% and remaining snow patches are easily avoidable. Summer shoes only.
|2015-06-18||Route: West Slopes
Info: Attempted to the ski the west slopes today. We parked and camped at 10,850 just after the stream crossing. Hiked up the road. Never got the skins out. There is not even close to a continuous line down the West Slopes. We ended up skiing of the south side of the summit. Snow starts about 10ft below the summit proper. Then we traversed back to the ridge and hiked over to point 13520. We skied some beautiful corn for about 3-400ft off the south side, then traversed again to 13089 and skied down the S And W most gully on the west face. Nice soft snow for about 600 ft then about 200-300 ft of gully crisscrossing to the snow line at about 12,200. Started at 3am had firm snow from about 12,400 and up. Summited at 8. The S side off the summit was pretty firm. Very much survival skiing. The east facing slopes off the south face were beautiful corn. But softened up quick. I would not have touched them after 9. It was really warm last night and today. Postholing almost everywhere by 9-930.
|2015-06-17||Route: West Slopes
Info: I‘ll have a full report with pictures up by tomorrow night. The short story...all you need is boots with good traction on snow and rock--and preferably waterproof as there is lots of water across the road in many places, and one good long jump test a few hundred yards above the creek. I parked my Tacoma at the 4WD trailhead and waded across the creek in my running shoes, then switched to boots (bring a towel), leaving my runners behind for the re-crossing upon returning. You‘ll find snow on the switchbacks and snow on the final climb up the ridge to the summit. A lot of it you can avoid or walk next to it, or just follow the boot tracks. There are a few snow traverses that cross steep gullies (switchbacks) or have potentially long runouts below (switchbacks, final ridge), but if you just follow the boot tracks you should be fine. I carried an ice ax and microspikes and used neither.
|2015-06-05||Route: West Slopes
Info: Climbed Cronin Peak (13er) and started from standard route of the Antero. Drove .5 miles in on the Antero Road (277/Baldwin Gulch) before hitting a 4 inch layer of solid ice. It covered the road for about 30 feet, incline.. Started hiking from there. Around 2 miles in on the Antero SW Slope Route, a thin layer of ice covered rocks at the creek crossing making it a little dangerous to cross in early AM freezing air temps. Snow was completely avoidable until a little after that point when I left the Antero route and started climbing the NW ridge of Cronin.
|2015-05-31||Route: West Slopes
Info: Great day skiing Mt Antero. Coverage is very good. Found a fun narrow choke. North face looked awesome as well. Consistent snow from 11k, basically soon after creek crossing. No luck with driving up the road though - a large snowdrift blocks the road just 0.5 mi above lower TH. Cronin looks very nice.
|2015-04-04||Route: West Slopes
Info: The road has 0-12" of snow for the first 3 miles. The next 2-mile section has 12-36" of snow. The crust was supportive enough in the morning but I started to breakthrough occasionally on the decent (no snowshoes worn). The upper 3 miles of road is too snow covered for good travel. Instead we went up the gully from 11,900‘. The snow was solid and made for fast travel. Above 12,600, we went straight up the rocky slope. It is quick going up but painful going down. The peak itself has several icy snow slopes. The trail was half buried in it. We wanted to climb directly up the south ridge of the peak proper, but 60 mph winds made us traverse further east. There were a couple sketchy icy snowfields to traverse. They were only 15-30‘ wide, but with a drop that goes all the way down into the center bowl. These could have been all avoided by staying on the ridge instead of the face (assuming less windy of a day). Total hike time = 12h.
|2015-04-04||Route: West Slopes
Info: Taken during a climb/ski of 13er Cronin Peak, here are some pics of Antero‘s west side. Clearly, Antero is lacking snow and the west side is not skiable. The Baldwin Gulch/Antero road is still mostly snow-covered but it‘s on and off for the first 2 miles. On the first mile, there are several very icy sections, including a sloping ice bulge with exposure on the left side of the road. Danger! Microspikes would be helpful.
|2015-02-02||Route: West Slopes
Info: I made my approach Sunday afternoon, bivied at treeline and summited on Monday. I left my snow shoes in the car hoping the trench on Baldwin Gulch Rd was good enough for spikes. It was a good call until I reached the upper TH. The trench from there to tree line was pretty sloppy and snow shoes would have helped. Once on the rib, spikes were fine all the way to the top. Hardly any snow. Once on the ridge there are a few snow fields to cross depending on your line. A slip on some of these snow fields could end badly. An axe might be helpful. There was no shortage of high winds and cold temps. On the way out I found many places where blowing snow had covered the trench. I had to use my trekking poles to probe for the firm trench. Stepping off on either side resulted in sinking down three feet into soft snow, a total energy suck. Once again snow shoes would have helped.
|2015-01-24||Route: West Slopes
Info: I went up Antero Saturday with some 14ers folks. We found continuous snow from the car to the 11,800 rib. Two of us skinned to that point and ditched the skis. The rib was fairly dry to 13.8K and from the saddle to the summit only required traversing a few short snow fields. There is not enough snow to ski from the summit (maybe from 14K). There are a few good aspects which could allow a ski from 13.5ish to your car, but it would be a lot of work for little reward. We found the snowpack to not be too terrible. Definitely a 1” wind slab on top of unconsolidated snow, but nothing crazy hard. Once back to the ski stash we were able to ski the 3.7 miles back to the car. There are a few ice flows between 1.5-.5 miles from the road and one large grouping of rocks at 1 mile. I got only 3 pen-head sized core shots from this, they were definitely worth it. For a road ski it was pretty fun. Climber Steve is putting up a trip report, so you can see the pictures there if you need them or send me a PM and I‘ll share the Google file. FYI: we got 13.7 with a small detour so I‘d say that 13.3-.13.5 miles is an likely accurate distance for this climb.
|2015-01-18||Route: winter variation
Info: this report is for the winter variation Solid Trench from Lower Baldwin Gulch TH to stream crossing. The trench isn‘t quite as solid from the stream crossing to the entrance to the Rib at treeline. possible without snowshoes but expect to post hole a few times. The rib is mostly dry and recommend continuing up to nearly the top of point 13,800. A low traverse will require crossing some moderate steep snow. There is some snow on the ridge to the summit.
|2015-01-14||Route: West Slopes
Info: The snow for the first 2ish miles goes back and forth from none/ice/rock to the deepest of 8inches. After the creek crossing the snow is much more consistent. There is a relatively decent trench/packed path the whole way. Take care to not step off this though, I stepped off a few times and postholed about 1foot with snowshoes on. Snowshoes are a must. Could certainly ski from the creek to 12,000‘ without any issues. Below the creek you would get some coreshots for sure. Once at the switchbacks (12000‘) the snow is very windswept. The switchbacks are filled with packed drifted snow. I did not summit, one of the switchbacks as i was crossing had a hollow sound to it being I was solo I didn‘t want to risk it so I turned back. Hopefully going back next week to redeem myself, will report back if I do.
|2014-10-19||Route: From Browns Creek
Info: Patchy snow from about 1km below the treeline. Postholing to the ankles in a few places, but mostly avoidable following other hikers compacted footprints or slight deviatons from the trail. Trail above the treeline is covered by drifts in places, nothing some creative bushwacking can‘t take care of. 4wd trail is mostly snow covered, but not icy. Crestline mostly snow free. Microspikes and a pole helpful, but not absolutely necessary.