Mt. Antero  
Condition Updates  
 
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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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-17, By: lvlivingston
Info: Holy crap... 16 miles is no joke. The Jeep Cherokee definitely would have made it up to the last scree field pitch, but a true 4x4 toy is probably the most fun to get up there. We walked all 16 miles starting at 2:45am. Should have started even earlier to catch the sunrise, because we had a group of 9. I will say, we had a jet boiler and champagne/orange juice for mimosas and coffee at the top! This kept me going for sure. If you"re walking, I would highly recommend poles for the way down. Overall extremely easy hike, but long. If I'd know how nice the road is, I would have driven! 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-17, By: dean20170
Info: I drove up about 1/4 mile past the intersection of 277 and 278, which is 1/4 mile past where you cross the main creek, stopping right at 11,000' elevation. I have a stock 4WD Jeep Renegade with bald tires. A couple of rocks jumped up and hit my skid plates at times, but if you have some experience picking your lines, the road is no problem with a small, stock 4WD like mine. There was zero snow to be found. Others have said they came down the snow vs following the road the whole way; not possible on 8/13/20. Like everyone says, you're walking up a rocky 4WD road, and at times (especially on your return trip), sharing it with ATVs and Jeeps. I didn't find that part to be too bad, and I didn't find the road to be so bad walking up. Coming down, however, the loose gravel on top of slightly bigger loose rocks makes the walk quite "slippery"; I slipped and caught myself at least 5-10 times, and would have fallen a couple of those if I didn't have my poles. Given that the 3 miles I drove up (vs hiking) was the same loose rock, I was thankful at the end that I didn't have to go back down 3 more miles of slippery/loose rocks. The views from the top were really, really nice! Pic 1: the final climb once you get to about 13,700'. Pics 2-5: views from the top on a gorgeous day. Pics 6-8: some of the road you drive if you choose to drive up to where I did. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-01, By: Msbaker
Info: Perfect day to finish out the Sawatch Range! Although I wasn't too excited about completing Antero due to the 16 mile RT distance and ATV/Jeep presence, I found the hike to be very enjoyable today. I started from the Baldwin Gulch Trailhead at 6:45 AM and only encountered a few ATVs on my way up to the summit. To those of you considering trying to drive the 4WD road (277), if you do not have an ATV or custom jeep with extremely high clearance, you will never make it and you will severely damage your vehicle. The "road" (if you can call it that) is awful. My Mazda CX-5 wouldn't have made it a mile up the road and my car did fine on Mt. Lindsey's 4WD road last weekend....Back to the hike, stream crossings are easily done with very little risk of getting wet. Summit views are amazing and Princeton looks stunning with the various shades of red on its backside right now. I even encountered a huge group of mountain goats at about 13,000 feet (my first sighting of the year). My favorite part of this hike was the descent. Given that the trail is a "road", I basically trail ran from the summit back to my car and was able to complete the hike in under 4.5 hours. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: clincoln15
Info: Awesome combination of 4x4 drive up to the treeline and fairly easy hike from there. I have a stock Tacoma and only clipped a rock with one of my side steps one time. As long as you are careful, have some decent clearance (wouldn't recommend anything less than a truck or Jeep) and have experience driving in 4x4 conditions, this is a really fun approach. From the treeline, you're basically hiking on a mining road until the last 600 ft of elevation gain. There were definitely some UTVs on the trail by the time we descended, but not enough to take the fun out of the hike. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-14, By: jakesoren10
Info: Wonderful day on the trail. Was able to drive almost to the top of the road. The road to the upper TH I was very glad I had a lifted 4Runner with AT tires, however saw quite a few stock pickups higher up. After timberline the road gets much easier, a few of the hairpin turns needed a 2 point turn. Small amount of weather on the way down, but nothing bad. Wonderful trip all around. 
 
Route: Little Browns Creek
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: Marshall
Info: Second everything that trkl9 said. This trail is better than walking the road. The trail is great the whole way, it is scenic, there are hardly any people (no cars), and the distances are similar. Plenty of dispersed camping right by Browns Creek Trailhead. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: Shea
Info: summer conditions. the drive to the trailhead requires high clearance 4WD. 
 
Route: Little Browns Creek Trail
Posted On: 2020-07-03, By: trkl9
Info: Full summer conditions. Some snow along the creek drainage but not in your immediate path. I don't know why more people don't summit this route, it is an excellent trail and fun approach. Trip report to follow. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Been_Jammin
Info: Summer conditions. To the couple with three unleashed dogs -> Your trail etiquette is absolute trash. You should be ashamed. My leashed dog does not want your dogs noses in his butt. And you just stood there with a dumb look on your face when I tried to shoo your dogs away. Like I was doing something wrong. F U. I would of told you all of this to your face if i wasn't with my step son. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: mabrunga
Info: Clear trail, snow in only a single 20' or so snow patch near 13k ft, full on summer conditions 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: NeoDax
Info: My quest for 14'ers continues, and today I checked off Mt. Antero. We camped on road 277 the night before near a bigger river crossing. 4WD is necessary on this road, but we didn't encounter any snow, and very few other vehicles. After waking up, we drove a little higher to about the tree line and started our hike from there. The conditions were great, however the forecast had snow in the afternoon. We made it to the end of the road at 13,800 and saw little snow on the sides of the road, but nothing blocking the drive should you want to drive that high. Standing at the upper parking area, we noticed a big snowfield on the south-west'ish side of the summit that looked like the trail should cross it, but we found no reason too, and just headed straight up the ridge. We summited around 9:55am and only stayed for a few minutes as clouds were fast approaching. As far as we can tell, we were the only three making a summit bid today. I certainly hope no one tried to go up later as the snow rolled in when we got to the truck around noon. The views are fantastic!...as they always are ;) Go, hike this mountain. Pic 1) Looking back at the parking area from the final push to the summit Pic 2) Standing on the summit with Princeton behind us. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: Melinda27
Info: Not so crowded. Walked from County Road 162, 2wd trailhead. Baldwin Gulch Road looks rough right from the beginning (for a Subaru) so I didn't take my chances. Very pretty road walk with the creek flowing right near you. Great disperses camping as well along that road. Was so very delighted by this hike, popping out of the trees 🌲 getting amazing views! Started at 5:30, didn't have the sun on me in full blaze until easily 8:15, certainly the way I'd recommend it. Before the turnoff to Little Browns Creek, I saw 2 mtn goats, has been a very long time since I saw one. Last 400 feet was more difficult than I had anticipated. There were a few patches of snow and another hiked thought that was maybe what was making it harder. Scramble to the top with kit exposure. Will always remember that one! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: Melinda27
Info: Not so crowded. Walked from County Road 162, 2wd trailhead. Baldwin Gulch Road looks rough right from the beginning (for a Subaru) so I didn't take my chances. Very pretty road walk with the creek flowing right near you. Great disperses camping as well along that road. Was so very delighted by this hike, popping out of the trees 🌲 getting amazing views! Started at 5:30, didn't have the sun on me in full blaze until easily 8:15, certainly the way I'd recommend it. Before the turnoff to Little Browns Creek, I saw 2 mtn goats, has been a very long time since I saw one. Last 400 feet was more difficult than I had anticipated. There were a few patches of snow and another hiked thought that was maybe what was making it harder. Scramble to the top with kit exposure. Will always remember that one! 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: swesleyc7
Info: Excellent summer-like conditions. The stream crossings up the 4WD trailhead road are low volume. For reference, we were able to make it to ~11,600 ft up the 4WD road with a Colorado and a 2in front lift, no issues. The trail itself is excellent and only one or two snow patches approx. 50 ft wide and were easily avoided. Extremely windy today. Although in the mid-50's, the cutting wind made it feel chilly. The summit is in good shape... but I couldn't find the USGS medallion. Just a handful of people climbing today. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: andrew85
Info: Full summer conditions through tree line. First creek crossing is running high, expect to get wet. Lingering snowfield at upper 4WD switchback (pictured). Easily passible without traction, but until melted out this is the farthest vehicles would be able to go. The ridge is holding snow as well in spots, but all can be passed around or passed through. 
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Route: Little Brown\'s Creek
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: ezabielski
Info: Route is almost totally dry. No water down low in the creek but large remaining snowfields around treeline keep it flowing up high. THIS IS THE WAY TO DO ANTERO. Unless you can drive to treeline on the other route, and bee line it past all the road switchbacks, the other route is just awful in comparison, and not shorter anyway. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: MountainBuhn
Info: 99% dry for hiking. Maybe 20 total feet of snow to walk over. Creeks are flowing good so be careful crossing. Not too bad in general. Basically a marathon of a mountain at 15 miles, but a mellow, gradual climb. Even the final ridge looks far more menacing than it actually is. Road clear until 11,800, then there's banks covering the left side of the road. Used the gullies between the switchback portion to quickly get down as the quickest forming thunderstorm I've ever seen chased us off as we were heading down. (it was bluebird on the peak) Camped at the lower trailhead. A bunch of stock crossovers tried to get on the Jeep road and were turned around. Maybe 9+ inches will do it to the creek crossing. 
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Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: notajock
Info: Two friends and I hiked Antero on Saturday, March 23rd. After checking some trail cams in the area, we determined that the snow would not be a major issue. I was surprised to find out that it was almost entirely gone from the route. We lucked out with weather too -- wind was the worst between about 12,500 and 13,900 feet, and then was almost nonexistent on the summit. My watch clocked about 16 miles round trip from the trailhead on 162 to the summit and back down. The first ~6.5 miles up are fairly easy going -- nice, broad trails, though rocky and with some vehicle traffic. They're not too steep though. It gets a bit tougher and steeper in the last 1.5 miles before the summit, and footing is important on a ridgeline as you approach the final summit block, but again very manageable. Goes without saying, but absolutely breathtaking views. 
 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: Schwapps
Info: Hiked Antero from the Jeep road. Started just past the creek crossing at about 11,000. The road is clear of snow and can be driven to around 11,800. After that there is consistent snow banks that make driving impossible at this time. As for hiking, you can completely bypass all snow on the way to the summit. Windy day today and no thunderstorms. 

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