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2013-10-20  East Slopes  I summited Mt.Princeton today(10/20), I was owning the mountain completely by myself ;). I was the only person in the mountain. Trail and peak is covered with 5-6 inches of snow. 2-3 inches of snow in Ridge. While heading down, it started snowing and almost 2 inches of new snow accumulation in the trail. Microspikes is a must. I was carrying my gaiters too, but I didn‘t use it. Also please make sure you always stay in the ridge, because I see multiple treads to the peak (Old trail and other connecting treads). The last portion was little tough, because of wind (almost 20-30+ mph) I have attached some of the pics both from trails and peak. Please let me know, if you need to more about the peak/trail conditions. If you wish to camp, there are 2-3 camping spots in 322A road (near upper TH). I also advise to drive to radio tower station in daytime, because the 322 road is very narrow. sakthidasang   2013-10-20 4     Edit Delete 
2013-10-13  East Slopes  Note that this conditions report may be out of date already, but wanted to share as an example of how quickly snow can melt. Stayed in BV 10/9-10/14. Princeton looked pretty clear of snow on 10/9, but a fair amount fell on 10/10. Hiked East Slopes route on 10/13 after a couple days of sunshine and virtually all of the snow from 10/10 had melted. However, more snow came on the morning we left, 10/14. I would guess TH road and trail up to about 12,000‘ melt pretty quickly, but rocky trail along the north face of 13,273 is more likely to have snow. Pics show trail leading up to north face of 13,273, remaining route along the face (where snow may be likely at this point), closer shot of rocky trail traversing 13,273 with a little snow remaining on 10/13, and ridge trail from 13,200‘ up to the summit. Highly recommend sticking to the ridge from 13,200‘ to the summit as much as possible. Although it may be more windy along the ridge, rock is much more solid. On the way up, I meandered on to social trails that lead me further from the ridge and more towards the east face of Princeton. Although it felt nice to get out of the wind, the rocks were much less stable and trail came and went. Stuck to the ridge on the way down and it was much better. fahixson   2013-10-17 4     Edit Delete 
2013-10-06  Peak Pic  Princenton from Johnson Village 10/06/2013 Waggs   2013-10-07 1       
2013-10-01  East Slopes  This is prior to the storm event of 10/4, so; The road up to the communication site is fine for any 4x4, except for the tight spot by the root wad/stump about 10,400 (thanks to somebody for cutting it out) - a full size truck will not make it past while this is still there. 3 good camping spots above the comm site, all of which can accommodate multiple vehicles if parked right. Some patches of snow on the NE aspect in the morning shadows, but no real problems. Turn uphill at the small wall blocking the old trail into the bowl. Once you hit the ridge, just a matter of picking a route through the rocks. A beautiful, bluebird day on top; no wind, nobody else there. Met one woman coming up when I was descending. gbell58   2013-10-05 3     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  East Slopes  Snow free except for one gulley crossing that is roughly 15 ft wide. The crossing is boot packed and could be avoided if so desired. Starting to get a little crowded but not bad for a Saturday in June. Actually had the summit to ourselves for a couple of minutes. bigredmachine   2013-06-16  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-08  East Slopes  Mt. Princeton is open for business! Had to cross three snowfields 10-30 meters wide but other than that it‘s smooth sailing. We also made it to the "4WD Trailhead" by the radio towers in a little four door Acura without too much difficulty. Any car with decent clearance and a gutsy driver should be able to make it. Two trail notes - It is easy to miss the turnoff from the mining road onto the trail so look at the route photos and keep your eyes open. It is also easy to miss the beginning of the switchbacks that lead to the ridge between Unnamed Peak and Mt. Princeton. There is a prospecting trail that leads to no where so don‘t miss the beginning of the switchbacks. Patrick88   2013-06-10  0       
2013-06-08  East Slopes  Put away your snowshoes and spikes - not needed on this peak (don‘t believe, me check out the photos)! Traversed just a handful of snowdrifts in the gulleys, just follow the foot prints. Some of the steep part of the trail is starting to get muddy due to melting snow, but it was still completely avoidable today. Summer hikers are getting active, so be aware of crowded summits and trailheads. This one wasn‘t too bad, only saw about 18 people or so total today - only 5 of us at the summit when I was up there. Great 360deg views! MissH   2013-06-08 2  2    Edit Delete 
2013-06-01  East Slopes  Last week I saw a picture (in a conditions report) that gave the confidence to try Mt. Princeton, so I will do the same for the next guy. (I saw a dozen or so people on the mountain last Saturday.) I hope it helps... Coyote_Run   2013-06-05 2  1    Edit Delete 
2013-06-01  East Slopes  Still a few snow fields left. The turnoff from the road to the trail at timberline was covered with snow and easy to miss. Snow fields on trail above that were, of course, on the steepest slopes. Snow is the consistency of a Slurpee by mid morning. Yak Trax or Micro Spikes would have helped a great deal. dcvessey   2013-06-02  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-05-22  East Slopes  Road clear of snow up to about 0.5 miles past the radio towers, which is sufficient to get to several camping spots above the towers. Climb to the start of the East slope traverse was a mix of snow and road/trail, but mostly clear and what was still snow was melting fast. The traverse along the East slope was almost entirely covered with snow. In the early AM the snow was frozen enough to merit microspikes to avoid your feet sliding downhill. Hiking solo I elected to pull my ice axe for a little more security particularly as the traverse crossed steeper sections where wet slide activity was obvious. In the afternoon the snow had soften up to justify bare-booting and sticking to trekking poles. The last summit push was a mix of snow and bare rock. There was/is a clear boot track across the traverse. Overall the postholing was minimal throughout the day - the snow pack just is not that deep. The drainages off the East Slopes were still holding adequate snow for some ski runs but the melt is changing snow coverage quickly. Photo 1: Broad view of traverse Photo 2: Closer view of snow conditions in AM about 3/4 way through traverse Wookie Horn   2013-05-28 2     Edit Delete 
2013-03-30  East Slopes  We put in a trench up to the summit, it will likely be gone in a couple days from wind though. We faced below knee post-holing from the radio towers to the summit. You don‘t need crampons but microspikes and poles and an ice axe are a must. Don‘t even think about going up the road unless you‘re a serious driver with a serious vehicle - then you could probably get to the switchback BEFORE the radio towers and save a bit of time. Good luck! zephyr_pelicante   2013-03-30 1  2    Edit Delete 
2013-03-16  East Slopes  Sharing a pic of Mt. Princeton I took today. Didn‘t make it to the radio towers due to snow (hiking), but the road isn‘t quite passable yet for mere mortals. If you have a high clearance 4x4 , chains, and large huevos, you could probably brute your way to the radio towers. Pic of peak is from HWY 24 just east of Johnsonville. Waggs   2013-03-16 1  4    Edit Delete 
2013-02-13  East Slopes  Mt Princeton received about 2-3" of new snow at the lower elevations. The road to the radio towers is snowmobile packed and dirt. It is in great shape and I saw older 4wd tracks to the radio towers. If you can make it to the radio towers in summer conditions, you could make it as of yesterday. Parking at the radio towers may be problematic. There is at most 5" of snow on the road. Above the radio towers, there are very large drifts that keep you on the downhill side of the road. There was faint remaining of a trench that I was able to use. The turn off the road marker is buried in snow (as is that whole section of road) so don‘t bother looking for it. You will need to be familiar with the location or use GPS (like I did). You will have to go straight up hill for a short period to make the ridge. This was the only place I did any post holing so I would not bother with snowshoes. Once on the ridge it is windblown with 5-6" of crusty snow on the trail. The trail is still easy to find, but due to the wind, you will have to break trail. Once you approach the saddle leading to the summit, the trail becomes much harder to find. I lost it several times with the strong winds and blowing snow. Microspikes and poles are a must. mrschaible   2013-02-14  0  3    Edit Delete 
2013-02-10  East Slopes  The peak is 100% hike-able. We used Microspikes which helped alot, but overall, not much snow and the route is easy to follow. LizWeiss   2013-02-11  0     Edit Delete 
2013-02-03  East Slopes  Must park at lower TH. There are huge drifts all the way to the upper Th, that didn‘t stop some from trying but the farthest any tire tracks made it was about 1/4 mile up. There is a decent trench and post holes from yesterday‘s first accent by Mitch Todd and Romen. But the last 3 miles are very slow and exhausting. Enough snow to make the visible trail tricky to follow. The last 1/2 mile I just grabbed rocks and went strait up. I think the lower trail to the summit, the one that stays off the ridge, may be the lesser of the evils. Very windy, but like any 14er early Feb, very wet and rewarding. wattsup   2013-02-03  0     Edit Delete 
2012-12-29  Southwest Ridge  5 of us hiked Princeton on Saturday, via SW ridge -- approached from Grouse Canyon. Great route, but steep bushwacky approach to a great yet long up and down ridge. The ridge is worth it though! This route is a nice aesthetic alternative to the "standard" route. TH Conditions: TH is accessible, and you can find the directions to it on 14ers.com TH status/directions page. Some snow on the road, but manageable with clearance. Approx. Stats: ~7mi‘s RT ~5000‘ gain ~12hrs for 4 of us, the 5th is Mad fast, so was out in daylight. Trail/Route Conditions: We carried snowshoes to treeline where we stashed them. We wore them on the way out though. Boot-top deep snow in trees on approach once above Grouse Canyon creek. Snow got a little deeper as we approached treeline. We ascended a ridge to the left of a drainage that comes off the S/SW ridge. (See attached map with our approximate route.) No concerns of avalanches on our chosen route. Once on the ridge proper, it was class 3 & 4 scrambling with some snow. A couple of "knife-edgy" sections, but not hard. Headwall/crux was workable on its right side. Ascended & descended this class 4 line. ~40‘ of good rock w/exposure. Overall, the scrambling portion of the ridge is short given the total length of the route. I think the ridge itself is 2mi‘s long, RT. Scrambling portion aside, it‘s a ridge walk on talus with some trail to summit. Pix: 1.) Looking down to our treeline approach & the ridge we ascended to gain SW ridge proper 2.) Scrambly ridge portion. I won‘t mention names (because my fingers will be broken if I disclose who it is) but you can see one of our party on the class 4 headwall. 3.) Looking back on the scrambling part of the route, taken from above the headwall. 4.) Map, with approximate route. d_baker   2012-12-30 4  1 3  Edit Delete 
2012-12-01  East Slopes  Went up the first day of december. no snow until the north face of unnamed 13273‘. no need for mirco spikes or gaiter. biggest problem was the gust wind as high as 60mph in the morning. Other than that, a great hike! btw, there was still about 30 yards of impassable ice patch close to the radio tower. driving to trailhead is not recommended. enjoy the hike! kumo1341   2012-12-05  0     Edit Delete 
2012-11-23  East Slopes  My brother, sister, friend and I had a calm, sunny day all to ourselves on Mt. Princeton yesterday! We drove up the road for 2.3 miles before we had to stop because of ice (see TH report). The trail is almost completely clear, the most snow being on the traverse across Tigger Peak‘s slope. Once on the ridge below Princeton‘s summit, there was no snow to speak of. I brought microspikes but didn‘t use them, and the snow wasn‘t deep enough for us to use gaiters, although bringing them is always a good idea. My sister and I climbed Tigger Peak as well, and the snow conditions were about the same. Picture #4 is looking back at Princeton while climbing Tigger. We saw one climber on Tigger‘s summit as we were hiking down, and met up with him on the road afterward. DanielL   2012-11-24 4     Edit Delete 
2012-11-18  East Slopes  We hiked the road from about 10,575 ft just below the radio towers (see my TH conditions report). The route is good. Mostly clear of snow (photo 1) until you get to the North side of the bowl (photo 2). The snow isn‘t deep enough to need snowshoes, and not packed enough to need yak trax (or microspikes, whichever name you prefer). I would bring gaiters, I wish I had mine. There is the occasional snow drift in places, but they are easily avoidable if you choose. Upon reaching the ridge there is only a few patches of "drifty" windblown snow (photo 3, pretty high on the ridge). If you choose to follow the route by the book, or even follow the millions of cairns up there you‘ll encounter some drifts. Definitely no avalanche danger yet, but beware of the slips. Thin dry snow + already slippery rock don‘t mix too well. If you‘re thinking of doing Princeton, do it soon while the road is still pretty good. WSC_Geologist12   2012-11-18 3  5 3  Edit Delete 
2012-10-27  East Slopes  The trail is fairly easy to follow right now, but it does have snow on it. There‘s enough snow to be annoying and make the trail slippery, but didn‘t need the Yaktrax today. The road is snow-free until about 11,500‘ but doesn‘t have much even above that. Made it all the way to the last switchback before the trail veers from the road in a Chevy Equinox. SherpaSara   2012-10-27  0     Edit Delete 

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