|Trailhead:||Mt. Princeton Road (Sawatch)|
|Date of Information:||06/14/2012|
The road up to and past the radio towers was completely clear and dry yesterday. From my assessment, the big humps and dips were the only things that would be problematic for a lower car. We didn’t see any significant rutting. The road to and past the towers is wide enough for only one vehicle, except at the switchbacks where there is a little room to pull off or turn around.
My manual tranny, AWD ‘07 Forester XT Limited easily made it as long as I didn‘t get stuck behind anyone going uphill (we had to stop and wait a few times for a slow-moving Xterra to make his/her way up after we caught up to them each time). My vehicle has approx 7.9" clearance and 99.4" wheelbase with extreme performance summer tires. My car could easily have made it all the way to the trailhead at the rock stairs, but we decided to camp at one of the 3-5 sites just above the radio towers. An Impreza wagon did make it to one of the first camp sites past the towers, and the driver said he only scraped the front panel once.
There was a Corolla parked about 0.2mi below the radio towers, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Photos show the road on the descent.
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