Mt. Antero  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-19, By: samrosemac
Info: Summitted Antero via the West Slopes route on January 17, 2021. Zero chance that even a 4WD vehicle could make it up the icy and snowed-out road past the lower trailhead, so plan to trek the entire 16 miles round-trip. Used microspikes for the entire ascent. Tied our snowshoes to a tree just before leaving treeline, to reduce pack weight. Retrieved snowshoes and wore them on the descent from treeline because the snow had softened - very helpful. Was relieved to see that there was barely any snow on the mountain slopes above treeline besides on the road/trail itself. Very low avalanche danger above treeline. EXTREMELY STRONG wind - consistent 30-50mph. Highly recommend bringing an ice axe for stability and possible self arrest, as well as full-body protection (ski goggles, mittens, hand and foot warmers). Another climber we met turned around because of the wind (he didn't have an ice axe), which I very much respect. The round-trip climb took 12 hours (5:30am-5:30pm). No cell service at the lower parking lot so have your GPS directions ready to get home. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: 14ersRN
Info: Road is un drivable past the 2W TH. Spike needed for the majority of the "up" snow shoes recommend for the trip back down just before tree line. Store them somewhere after tree line. Avy danger minimal if you stick to the road. This obviously can change with any future storms. Have fun! I recommend this dull west slopes 14er in the winter since its a long long road hike. Great views! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-17, By: wintersage
Info: Previous conditions report is still valid but I'd like to add that snowshoes were helpful from the TH to the start of the west rib. Microspikes weren't needed until you get to the final ridge to the summit. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-12, By: jscully205
Info: West Slopes route on Mt. Antero is G2G. Well defined packed trail from parking area to tree line. I'm pretty sure you could walk up it without any floatation. I was able to skin up to 13200 and only did so to get back faster. There's a boot track on the ridge to summit that will keep you on top of the snow. 
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Route: West Rib
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: RobLowe
Info: There's a solid trench. Four of us went up on Saturday. Saturday's snow maybe deposited a new inch, at most. There were not avalanches below tree line as was reported a week earlier... what we observed is typical sun produced heat loosening rocks from ice on small slopes and pin-wheelies and roller balls. If there had been an avy that crossed the road, there would be a significant mound crossing the road (no such mounds were encountered below tree line; there were some above tree line along the road, however). This is an easier route in winter compared to more benign peaks that become significantly harder in winter (e.g. Belford or Missouri). The road is near two potential avalanche slopes below tree line. West rib is basically dry, with notable exceptions in the gully created by the two ribs that lead to the summit's shoulder. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: askwjs
Info: Trench is in, snowshoes needed for sure to the base of rock rib. When you reach treeline, our tracks turn left to the base of the rib where we stashed our snowshoes. From there, no traction used to the summit. Traction would not have helped. The rock rib was a mix of loose powder, bouldering and scree. Made the ascent a bit more slow going but it is also the safest way up right now. The switchbacks on the road had some slopes above them holding a lot of weak snowpack, would not recommend trying to walk the road. There was also evidence below treeline of some minor slides that covered our tracks from the morning on our way down. Be very careful and avy aware on this route if you opt to attempt it in the near future. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-31, By: Robert H
Info: Deep, soft snow from the very beginning of the lower Baldwin Gulch Trailhead at 9,420'. There was no trace of old tracks, all filled in by the recent storms. Some places sinking up to my knees, with 30" snowshoes. I broke trail all the way to around 11,700', just above tree-line, where I turned around since my feet were in bad shape, very cold, and I could not get them to warm up. Clear day but cold. My vehicle's temperature gauge reading as low as -22F near the start and 15F when I returned in the afternoon. My water was freezing and I had difficulty keeping my extremities and face warm despite proper gear. No one else was out there but I tried to improve my track on the descend as much as one person could. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-12-19, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Antero today, it was cold and windy, but had it to myself. There was a pretty good trench to 11,600, from there I was in snowshoes for a few miles until just above tree line where I stashed my snowshoes. Didn't use any traction from there to summit. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: Mopphares
Info: 2WD road with small patches of ice but no 4WD needed to parking at 2WD TH. 278A to summit has snow and some patches of ice. Nice trench but I used snowshoes in long sections that were not trenched. Class two section below summit has snow but no microspikes needed. Pretty soft snow all around. Beautiful day! 
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Route: West Rib (Winter Route)
Posted On: 2020-11-13, By: supranihilest
Info: There are several very large ice patches on the road 4WD - we were only able to drive about half a mile up before the ice stopped us. From our parking spot we wore microspikes for the entirety of the road as it was icy, snowy, and the creek crossings also icy. At treeline we took the west rib, which is just to climber's left at treeline. We took our spikes off here and just booted up it. There's some tundra and a lot of loose talus and other assorted annoying junk to climb up. Near the top we went left through what appears to be a mine or something, which is new as of this year. The summit ridge was quite snowy but Class 2+ at worst and only very briefly. Whether you take the trail around the side or the ridge direct there's going to be snow. We went over to Mount White afterwards, but for the descent we wore our microspikes down the tundra on the west rib. It was/is snowy and a slip might be difficult to stop. Snowshoes not needed (though tomorrow's storm may change that; hopefully our trench stays in place), ice axe not necessary, microspikes useful for the icy road and ascent/descent of the rib. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-11-02, By: Mfloyd78
Info: Nice trench up to treeline from 2WD trailhead. Snow above treeline is easily avoidable by walking on the edge of the road. Path to summit and ridge completely clear. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-07, By: coopereitel
Info: The peak is dry except for the last switchback on the 4x4 road before it reaches the saddle. This is not a problem for hikers but if you plan on driving it gets a little tight. Amazing weather, no wind and warm. I saw one Jeeper and otherwise had the mountain to myself (I think). A great day, and cool rocks if you are in to that. I tagged on Cronin before Antero and it made a good loop. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Summit is clear of snow. Only snow is below Unnamed Peak 13,800. Wind was almost nonexistent. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: pokes1994
Info: Took my stock TRD Tacoma up the 4WD road up to about 13,000 feet. There was snow on the road past that and wasn't confident I could've made it. After hiking the last portion of the road, I could've easily made it. To the summit from where we parked ended up being 2.4 miles, and 4.8 RT. Past the mine, the ridge is pretty chill and we were able to catch the summit at sunset. Hiked down to the truck in the dark, and drove the road down in pitch black; a small price to pay instead of walking the whole thing. I did scrape a handful of times, but if you have any experience on these kinds of roads you can navigate your way as far as you want. Really enjoyed this summit. Happy Sending! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: ColoradoAggie
Info: 4x4 road in good shape after the snowfall earlier this month. No very muddy areas and stream crossings at a low level. Easily drove my old F150 up to 12,036 where I parked (still wanted to get in at least 2000ft of elevation gain) -- could have driven up to about 12,600-12,700 ft (2 jeeps and a Tacoma did). Some of the switchbacks at about 12,700-12,800 still have quite a bit of snow making it pretty difficult to drive past in anything other than an ATV. Saw 2 ATVs make it all the way to the gate. Trail is mostly snow-free and in good condition to hike. Did not need any special gear. Summit views were spectacular! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: fosshage
Info: Beautiful day! Some snow on the Jeep track above 11,500' but it is melting quickly. No snow in the boulder field at the very top. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: tlgold1990
Info: Some snow along the switchbacks. Was able to drive the jeep til about 2 miles from the summit. Did not use any traction for the hike. The route along the ridge was definitely the way to go. I ascended along the indirect route which seemed to take a lot longer than if I had gone up the ridge. Coming down the ridge seemed more defined and straight forward. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: derekesq
Info: Hiked Antero Monday the 14th, there were snow patches along the road switchbacks, but generally avoidable (and i'm sure less snow by now); the higher you are on the road the more areas of snow. ATVers were unable to get past maybe halfway due to the snow as of the 14th; the window to hike without much vehicle traffic maybe fast closing (if it has not closed). Only saw 2 other hikers the entire day. Also, going past the gate - I found the ridge direct route much better, easy to follow and no real exposure. I descended that route after going up the right "trail" which disappears (possibly due to the snow) and i made my way through talus hell to reach the summit. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: NatDog
Info: Bluebird day on Antero. Started at 0500 from 10,500' and didn't see any other hikers until the ridge just below the summit. Moderate winds on portions of the ascent but was remarkably calm on the summit. Very little smoke remains in the Sawatch. 
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Route: Little Browns Creek
Posted On: 2020-08-16, By: soxfan249
Info: Summitted via Little Browns Creek Trail as suggested by prior reports. Just over 15 miles, but much more enjoyable to do that through the woods than over a 4x4 road IMO. Nobody on the trail on the way up, but there were a few mountain bikers on the way down. The 1.5 mi spur back to the TH from the Colorado Trail was packed coming down around 12:30 - lots of day-hikers and boy scout trips. Started at 5:45, made the summit around 9:45. Couldn't see very far at all due to the forest fire haze. Could barely make out Harvard and Columbia to the north, could not see the northern Sangre de Cristos at all, and the Elks to the west and Mosquitos to the northeast were completely obscured. 
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