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|2016-09-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: Quick update on conditions. No snow at all along the entire trail and the aspens are at their peak color. Regarding the trail description, the road actually seems to get a little better on 322A past the towers and there are places to park about every quarter mile or so. You can probably comfortably get another 3/4 mile up the road.
|2016-09-15||Route: East Slopes
Info: No issues at all getting above the radio towers in a Subaru Outback despite construction signs at the 2WD TH. Trail had a thin layer of snow above 12k. Tiny bit slick here and there. We carried our micro spikes, but never put them on. Nice colors on the aspen trees!
|2016-09-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: excellent conditions today - no traffic up Mt. Princeton Road, probably 8-10 people summited during the day. No clouds, some wind gusts up to 20mph, but otherwise a perfect hiking day.
|2016-09-05||Route: East Slopes
Info: The road was completely dry. My Subaru Outback was able to make it to the radio towers with no difficulties. Above that there was on spot that would dicey with a passenger car, but you can turn around there or park quite easily.
|2016-08-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: Climbed Princeton Tuesday. Morning verglas from the NE ridge of Tigger almost to the Princeton-Tigger saddle. Thin snow cover took over at around 13,000 ft., an improvement from the verglas. We summited with no snow gear, just pick your steps carefully, especially on a few steep scree slopes. Made sense to me at times to abandon the snow/slush on the trail for the talus which was readily visible in the few inches of snow. Nice day, no precip until after we were down. On our descent snow line was maybe around 13,200 and verglas gone. Looked like much of the remaining snow may have melted by the time we drove away on CR 321.
|2016-08-28||Route: East Slopes
Info: Mere dustings of snow up top. Nothing you need special gear for. The steep part between 13,600' and 14,000' was muddy, but not so much that it was slippery. It actually made for great traction!
|2016-08-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: There are several spots to park at or above 11,000' that won't block the road. Camping near 11,000' and enough space for at least 4-5 cars. Spots at each switchback on the road past 11,000' - enough for 5-6 cars total. Road isn't too bad if you have a high clearance vehicle. I can't confirm this, but on google earth it looks like there may be some parking at the end of the road (past where the trail leaves the road)??? Could be worth a look if you're not interested in hiking the road from the lower TH. Trail is very easy to follow, even before daylight...just look for the cairns along the way.
|2016-07-28||Route: East Slopes
Info: Construction will be going on at the cell towers for the month of August. Please use caution going up the road there will be heavy equipment using the road. There is no parking on the road, also no parking at the cell towers. Parking is minimal at the top lot. Please park at bottom lot and try to minimize traffic. Its very hard to back up or pass on this road. Please Hike safe and have fun! Thank you
|2016-07-08||Route: East Slopes
Info: My Rav4 couldn't make it up the 4WD road. Couldn't make that first switch back by Cottonwood Pass TH. Hiked from lower TH, made summit in about 5 hours. Pretty stable rocks on this class 2 climb. A lot of people were missing the new trail which veers up to the left to the Tigger-Princeton saddle. Remember to make the turn at 12.8K feet, as per 14ers description.
|2016-07-05||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions
|2016-07-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: My Ford Escape made it about 1.5 miles away from trail head, I could see an Outback or similar SUV making it up the road but be very careful driving as there are some areas that I did bottom out. Trail conditions were great, super dry, and the round trip hike took about 3.5 hours.
|2016-06-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summertime conditions from the trailhead up to the summit. As another poster mentioned, the trail is talus slopes from about 12,000 ft up to the summit. The trail is marked by cairns a lot of the way which is helpful, and an old washed out trail is rerouted to the new trail at about 12,800 ft (follow the 14ers.com trail directions). With all summer hiking, earlier is best! 2 young hikers told us on the way down they experienced static shocks (i.e. Before lightning strikes) during their summit at about 11:15 am. Overall, this was a great hike!
|2016-06-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions the entire way up - both the road and the trail. Go get it ... if you like lots of rock hopping.
|2016-06-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road is clear to the last switch back before the section of the road where the trail starts, being blocked by a large snowdrift. Looks like it will be gone in a week or more. Trail is dry besides a couple gully's around 12200, with one major snowfield still holding a lot of snow for about 40 feet in distance. It was easily accomplished in hiking boots, but trekking poles made it easier. Snow was very soft descending around 10:45. I didn't bring my axe and was happy I didn't. Microspikes weren't necessary either.
|2016-06-11||Route: East Slopes
Info: Some small snowfields needed to cross between 12,000 and roughly 12,500 feet. Overall the peak is nearly in summer conditions at this point and the snowfields are easily traversed with very minimal postholing. No microspikes, snowshoes or winter gear needed. A lot of people on the route today and it was beautiful conditions on the summit shortly after 8 am. Still some snow up high on Mt. Princeton Rd around 11,500 but nothing that can't be easily walked around. I would suggest parking near the radio tower or shortly thereafter as minimal spaces are available.
|2016-06-07||Route: East Slopes
Info: Standard Route is not that bad. With an early start you can cruise up without potholing at all. You will posthole some on the way down but not too bad. I used microspikes from about 12,400 to 12,900 to get across the snowfields on the way up. I used nothing on the way down. Flotation, axe, crampons are not necessary.
|2016-06-05||Route: East Slopes
Info: There's a bit of snow on the road from the 4WD trailhead to where the trail splits north over the east ridge of "Tigger Peak". There is also lingering snow on long stretches of the east slopes of both "Tigger" and Princeton, though most of it is on "Tigger". The snow was soft and in some spots was prone to postholing. Much of the upper slope on Princeton itself was muddy and slick, with the usual loose talus and scree.
|2016-06-04||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road is dry until about 1/4 mile past radio towers, after that snowdrifts block any further entry. There is one parking spot/pull-off area at the very end where a vehicle should be able to turn around if needed. I drove my Chevy pickup without any issues, although since it was at night, few spots were a little sketchy just because I didn't know what to expect. When we started hiking at 4:00, snow was still solid enough to hold our weight; however it became soft as soon as the sun came up. To access trailhead, follow the road until trail junction. It is easy to miss in the dark, but we were able to find it by using pictures from .com. Later in the day someone made an arrow out of stones pointing to the trail. Instead of following standard route towards Princeton, we went up Tigger first, then followed the ridge to Princeton. Surprisingly we didn't encounter any snow on Tigger, and very minimal snow on the saddle between Tigger and Princeton. On the way back we descended using standard route. There was a lot of snow, the soft and rotten kind. Microspikes, snowshoes and crampons that we brought with us were useless. We ended up following existing postholes. I recommend going back over Tigger Peak to avoid dealing with snow. We didn't observe any wet slide activity.
|2016-06-03||Route: East Slopes
Info: Road is driveable to first main switchback above radio towers before snow is blocking. A solid trail exists to the summit through snow on the standard route. 50% of the route is snow free. A summit ski is still in. The face is getting thin in spots.
|2016-05-29||Route: East Slopes
Info: As previous reports have stated, the road is clear to the campsites. You could drive a bit further up until snow drifts block the road, but there is nowhere to park. We started early (5:30) and the snow was pretty solid until 10 or so when it started to soften up. Would recommend starting early or you'll likely be doing a lot of postholing. I felt comfortable in microspikes - the trail is pretty well packed down but we saw a couple people with crampons too.