|Trailhead:||Mt. Princeton Road (Sawatch)|
|Date of Information:||04/29/2012|
The road is snow free and driveable to the radio towers by any 4wd with decent clearance. For this section I‘d be more concerned about meeting an oncoming car than I would be about the possibility of bottoming out. We met someone who took a Honda Accord and said it was "too aggressive," so maybe don‘t bring one of those. You can drive a bit past the radio towers to some spots (room for ~2-3 cars) on the right hand side of the road, or even further to a prominent switchback if you want. Beyond this switchback the road has snowdrifts and is impassable. Where the trail branches off the road is completely snow-covered, so it‘ll be at least a few weeks before you can drive to here. My Honda CRV (stock, AWD 2007) could have made the radio towers easily.
Photo 1: Dillon standing across the road from where the trail branches off, the stairs and cairn are completely buried but you should be able to spot footprints in the snow pretty easily.
Photo 2: A poor shot of the parking just past (~.25 miles) the radio towers. Space for 2, maybe 3 cars here.
Photo 3: Typical road conditions. I wouldn‘t worry about bottoming out in an SUV, but running into an oncoming car could be a real problem (you can forget about passing anyone on this road, or turning around for that matter. Unless you like 5000 point turns).
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