ROUTE: Standard route (road) North/West
ROUTE LENGTH: 6.1 Miles
HIKE TIME: 4.5 Hours (~ an hour on the summit soaking it in)
TRAIL CONDITIONS: All dry! Another great hike in the Sawatch
WEATHER: 68 (summit) to 78 (low spot) degrees with little wind the whole day. Gorgeous weather
Last minute fix for cabin fever.. 3rd for the season. Weather forecasts for Mt Antero where favorable.
Decided on Standard route (should be standard ROAD for this one...)
I took the Jeep 4wd trail up to tree-line. The road conditions where pretty good with dry conditions (no snow) 4WD vehicle is a must. There are some tough sections on this road. On the way up there was a Chevy Tahoe parked below one of the more difficult parts of the road. I figured they didnt want to abuse their vehicle. I arrived at tree-line ~ 07:15 am.
I hit the trail (road) at 07:25am.
There are great views of Shavano and Tabequache to the South
Shavano and Tabeguache to the South
Saw one hiker on his way back (on the ridge).
A view from the Ridge
Reached the summit at 09:45
The summit at Antero
Ate "lunch" and just soaked it all in for about 45 min.
Weather was great - a slight breeze on top and perfect temperature - cool.
Not a soul around. Set the timer and ran into position
Visibility was greatly reduced due to the smoke from all the fires. You couldnt see Pikes Peak to the east. The view to the West, and North West was better, but not as clear as it usually is on these peaks.
Came across two others just past the ridge. So only came in contact with three others all day.
I took a shorter route on the way down. This is a route on the North-West side. Its pretty steep and very loose scree. It was like skiing the scree in many spots. Round trip was just over 6.1 miles
Overall, great hike and a great day!
This is the nice part of the Jeep trail close to the bottom
Shot of Antero taken not far from the Jeep trail start