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|2013-05-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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
|2013-03-30||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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!
|2013-03-16||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2013-02-13||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2013-02-10||Route: East Slopes
Info: The peak is 100% hike-able. We used Microspikes which helped alot, but overall, not much snow and the route is easy to follow.
|2013-02-03||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2012-12-29||Route: Southwest Ridge
Info: 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.
|2012-12-01||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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!
|2012-11-23||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2012-11-18||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2012-10-27||Route: East Slopes
Info: 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.
|2012-10-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: Trail almost completely dry with the exception of some patches of snow/ice here and there that cause no concern. Brought spikes but didn‘t use them at all.
|2012-10-06||Route: East Slopes
Info: Snow does not look like much but it was enough to make route finding conditions more difficult once you hit the talus field. Did not use spikes but wouldn‘t hurt to bring them just in case.
|2012-09-22||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions to the summit! Trail and road were completely dry. Lots of traffic on Mt Princeton Rd above radio towers. SUVs, trucks, ATVs, and other off road vehicles. Had no idea it was such a popular road. Stepped aside often and then hiked down in a cloud of dust back to the car. Everyone was very friendly though!
|2012-09-17||Route: East Slopes
Info: Got caught in thunder snow storm today - at least 2" of snow fell today from about 12,000‘ & up. 1" from 11,000‘ and up. Rocks were slippery/icy. Dirt trails were clear & dry
|2012-09-14||Route: East Slopes
Info: Dry trail, a few inches of snow at the summit.
|2012-07-02||Route: East Slopes
Info: The route is clear and easy to follow. The 4WD road to the towers is in good shape. Almost didn‘t even need 4WD, just clearance. Somone even parked right next to the TH off the road. Watch for the stairs, there isn‘t a very big cairn there and we saw a few people walk right by it. http://coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2012/07/mount-princeton.html
|2012-06-19||Route: East Slopes
Info: No snow anywhere on the trail. Summer conditions.
|2012-05-25||Route: East Slopes
Info: Summer conditions on Princeton today. Previous report on condition of Mt Princeton Rd is 100% accurate. Still need high clearance 4WD to get to radio towers (I drove a Durango and was just fine). The two sections of snow referenced earlier this week are nearly gone. Only one 50 foot strip of snow which was easily crossed. No need for spikes or gaiters.
|2012-05-20||Route: East Slopes
Info: The conditions were clear! Drove up in 4-wheel drive, higher clearance vehicle, and stopped near the radio towers at 10,800‘. Barely any snow. We could have kept driving up to the last parking area before the road ends, near the forest service building, but walked that instead from the 10,800 route. The peak we reached in about 3 hours and only had to walk through one or two patches of snow. Maybe about 45 degrees F at the peak, and 60 near the base. Great hike! Note about the drive up: I‘d recommend a higher clearance vehicle. We saw a Subaru Outback parked near where we parked, so they were able to make it, but I‘m guessing they probably scraped bottom a few times.