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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 
2011-10-22  East Slopes  Mt. Princeton road is snow free all the way up to 4wd TH. Observed a Toyota truck getting stuck at about 11,500‘. Snow and ice are present on the majority of the East Slopes route before the ridge. Snow was usually 2-3" deep on the dirt trail. I did not have microspikes on and did slip a few times. Wind gusts up to 40mph on the ridge, but these were few and far between. A beautiful day given the season. zdero1   2011-10-22  0     Edit Delete 
2011-10-19  East Slopes  Minimal snow up high, none lower down. The parking spots by the antennae are snow-free. Microspikes would be helpful as the trail gets icy later in the Am as the sun hits it and melts it a bit. Very good conditions. oldschool   2011-10-20  0     Edit Delete 
2011-10-19  East Slopes  Climbed 10/19. Some sections of minor snow and ice. No traction gear required. Road clear to radio towers. Beautiful day! desertdog   2011-10-20  0     Edit Delete 
2011-10-13  East Slopes  Climbed solo on Mt. Princeton today for a third try. Last week, storms were rolling in. Yesterday, ‘Alpinegoat‘ (Arvind) and I tried and were blown off the mountain after passing the "ridge crest" described in the Bill‘s route. Today, totally different story. I was not only the only person on the mountain, but conditions were amazing. A couple of gusts at the ridge crest, and that was IT. The snow covers some of the route but actually makes the talus slopes easier in my opinion. Here is a video from the summit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udhK91xvDo8 lackerstef   2011-10-13 4  4    Edit Delete 
2011-09-09  East Slopes  View from the valley - light dusting of snow on the peak down to about 13,000. GreenHorn   2011-09-09  0     Edit Delete 
2011-07-10  East Slopes  The road is passable to the radio towers and beyond to any high-clearance vehicle. The standard trail is snow free and open for summer hikers -- no ice axe or microspikes needed. When hiking up the road, make sure not to miss the trail turnoff to the right. It‘s a fairly obvious staircase. Other than that, you‘d be hard-pressed to get lost on this route. SurfNTurf   2011-07-10  0     Edit Delete 
2011-07-09  East Slopes  Good trail conditions, from the lower trailhead all the way to the summit. The small snowfield is still present, but it‘s very easy to hike around. Toni Marie   2011-07-10  0     Edit Delete 
2011-07-03  East Slopes  No real change from the earlier report. Trail is mostly snow free with exception to one snow field which is fairly well boot packed but was also a bit slick later in the morning. Also, I was hesitant to drive my Chevy Equinox to the 4wd drive trail head so I hiked up the road (made for a long ascent in terms of vertical feet). That being said, as long as you have AWD/4WD and are not driving a sedan you should be able to make it to the 4wd trail head. Fortunately, I got a ride back down to my car after descending to the 4wd trail head. tjerasdave   2011-07-03  0     Edit Delete 
2011-07-01  East Slopes  Route is clear of snow except for one small 20‘ sretch which is heavily boot packed. Summertime is here! mrschaible   2011-07-01  0  2    Edit Delete 
2011-06-28  East Slopes  A negligible amount of snow on the trail. There were only two small patches of snow on the rocks that were already bootpacked. Only boots are necessary for the hike. iquack08   2011-06-28  0     Edit Delete 
2011-06-24  East Slopes  Road is clearly, or nearly so to where the trail leaves the road. The stairs are covered in snow and invisible, so you must notice the closed old trail or miss the turnoff. Very easy to miss the turnoff right now. Three small snowfields on the route that are easily manageable/pre-postholed for your convenience. Otherwise route is entirely clear. MichiganBrian   2011-06-25  0     Edit Delete 
2011-06-15  East Slopes  The route had very little snow, nothing you cant boot across with ease. The trail is visible the whole way. One snow field is about 30 yards across and has a path angling up towards the "new" trail approaching the ridge. The 4x4 road is clear up until about a 1/4 mile past the radio tower. pic three is the 4x4 road after the towers. Didnt get pics of the snow fields. They are small. garrett99   2011-06-17 3     Edit Delete 
2011-06-11  East Slopes  Climbed from the radio towers at 10,800. The road is still covered with deep snow at several points along the road above this point. The steps where the trail leaves the road is currently under snow but you can reach the trail in about 50 feet if you head up the hill as soon as you reach the large stretch of snow on the road below Tigger. I went over Tigger on the way up to avoid the snow but followed the standard route on the way down. The standard route crosses three moderately steep snowfields, ranging from about 75 to 200 feet wide. The first two are fairly easy to cross right now but you definitely wouldn‘t want to slip. The largest snowfield, just below the saddle, is the toughest. There were several spots where I postholed to the mid-thigh. The rest of the route is clear. Mtn_Topper   2011-06-13  0     Edit Delete 

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