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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 
2012-10-20  East Slopes  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. aliciaf   2012-10-20  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-06  East Slopes  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. Coxie2210   2012-10-07  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-22  East Slopes  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! IHikeLikeAGirl   2012-09-22  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-17  East Slopes  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 Eric7040   2012-09-17  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-14  East Slopes  Dry trail, a few inches of snow at the summit. taahkr67   2012-09-15  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-02  East Slopes  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. MTGOAT72   2012-07-03 1     Edit Delete 
2012-06-19  East Slopes  No snow anywhere on the trail. Summer conditions. esagas   2012-06-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-25  East Slopes  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. bjkent76   2012-05-25  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-20  East Slopes  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. RossZahuranec   2012-05-21  0  1    Edit Delete 
2012-04-29  East Slopes  Successfully made it up Princeton today with dillonsarnelli. The route above the road is mostly snow-free, though it crosses 5 gullies that still have some snow while traversing below Tigger Peak. There are nice steps crossing all of the gullies, but I would recommend taking along micro-spikes and an axe if you are uncomfortable crossing snow, as an un-arrested fall could send you down a long ways into rocks. They were not a big deal to cross while the snow was melting in the afternoon, but early in the morning when frozen I can see being nervous about these. Other than that its a straightforward, (depressingly) snow-free climb to the summit. Feel free to PM me with any questions! The final photo Ive attached shoes Dillon standing at the edge of the road, below where the trail branches off. The steps and cairn are buried in snow. RJansen77   2012-04-29 4     Edit Delete 
2012-04-29  East Slopes  Just did Princeton today. You can make it all the way to the radio towers with no issues at all in a 4WD. Most of the snow fields on the road are avoidable. There are some small snow fields to cross on the standard route but snowshoes and spikes are not needed. It is about as close to summer conditions on the trail as one could ask for minus a small amount of snow. Happy hiking! big_red_pride   2012-04-29  0  1    Edit Delete 
2012-03-30  East Slopes  The turn off for the princeton trail from the road is covered with snow. About halfway up the ridge there is no snow on the trail, and you can easily follow this to the north side of the ridge. The gullies on the north side have snow in them, micro spikes and an axe would be recommended. Later on in the day the snow softened up and gators would be a good idea. Once you gain the ridge there is not much snow to the summit. There is gully that looks like it has enough snow in it to ski "See third picture" dehrlich101   2012-03-30 3     Edit Delete 
2012-03-10  East Slopes  The Return of Fake Winter (in a big way) After reading TR‘s about trail breaking struggles up Princeton recently, we prepared for a long day. You can probably drive to radio towers with food 4wd. Snowshoes not needed anywhere on route. Ridge to Tigger almost 100% free of snow. Small (and I do mean small) sections of snow on route to Princeton. Microspikes may be wanted for some, but this whole peak could have been done in trail runners yesterday without an axe. We decided to return via the standard route as there was barely enough snow on the North slopes of Tigger to cause tremendous concern. Iman86   2012-03-11  0  7 2  Edit Delete 
2012-03-10  East Slopes  Went for Tigger and Princeton today. Only got in Tigger but went to the saddle and followed the standart Princeton route back out. The standard route does have snow on the trail and spikes were useful. Spikes were also useful on the road as the angle of the snow would have been tough to use snowshoes on. If the peak doesn‘t get any more snow, personally I would leave the shoes at home and follow the standard route all the way up the peak. Be safe out there! big_red_pride   2012-03-10  0  3    Edit Delete 
2012-02-04  Winter Route over Tigger  I climbed Mt. Princeton on Saturday. I left the Mt. Princeton Road at about 11,000 feet just before the road turns to the right. I put in a trench along the ridge to 11,800. This helps to avoid the avalanche section that the road above 11,ooo takes you into. It took 13 hours to summit and 7 hours to get back to the car. I broke trail the whole way with no help. Snowshoes and microspikes were very useful. Don‘t be tempted to leave the saddle between Tigger and Princeton on the return trip. It is best to follow your tracks back to the summit of Tigger. There are some steep snow covered talus sections on the descent of Tigger. Going up with microspikes was not a problem. However, on the descent it was dangerous. I had two falls. Mickeys Grenade   2012-02-05 4  6 1    
2012-01-22  East Slopes  Winter advisory called for very windy conditions, and man they weren‘t kidding. I took the standard route from the lower trailhead. The road to the communications station is not passable for cars or any 4-wheel vehicles. I didn‘t need snowshoes until the communications station, where the snowpack got considerably deeper. Higher up I switched to crampons and ice axe because there has been some snow accumulation on some of the slopes that has covered the trail and created a mega snow-slide. It‘s pretty solid in most places, and could probably be climbed if one were so inclined. The trail tuenoff is very hard to find with all the snow. Right after the turnoff from the road, the snow gets deeper and hard to negotiate, but if you pick your route well you can get up over 12,200 with no problems. The wind was no joke. The blowing snow and 70+ mph winds make it very difficult to negotiate. I weigh 185 pounds plus 45 pounds of pack, and I got blown clear over twice by gusts that had to be in excess of 100 mph. Otherwise it was a clear day, but the wind was too much and I had to turn around. shearmodulus   2012-01-22  0  1    Edit Delete 
2011-12-29  East Slopes  -4WD is not sufficient to get beyond 8,900 trailhead. Need really good snow chains at a minimum; snowmobile would be best. -Alpine snowshoes used for most of the route. Road to towers is covered in snow but packed down by vehicle use. Road beyond towers is unpacked and is knee-high at places. -Trail above treeline is a mix of snow and rock; making it very slow going. If you don‘t use snowshoes, you are constantly loosing balance and post-holing in snow between the rocks (twisted ankle waiting to happen). If you use snowshoes you are awkwardly balancing of large, loose rocks. -A few of the snow gullies/chutes are steep enough that you might slide if you lost your footing, therefore an ice-axe might be good to have. On the other hand, if you are careful with your footing, you should be able to do the entire route without one. -Would highly recommend trekking poles with attachments for snow. ColoDreamin   2011-12-30  0     Edit Delete 

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