Mt. Princeton  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-25, By: mommyhiker
Info: Relentless strong wind, sometimes strong enough to knock people down. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: Lucas Pattie
Info: Totally still at the lower parking area at 6:45 am when I started, but more breezy as I got higher up. When I reached the trail junction at 11,800', I came across someone who said they turned back due to high winds. Winds did indeed pick up a lot just after this point, but then calmed down for most of the rest of the stretch along the east slopes. However, the winds got brutal when I reached the ridge, and were so strong at the summit that they darn near blew me over. Not really much snow to speak of yet - just the winds today. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-05, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Trail is dry all the way up from the lower parking lot, past the cell phone towers, and on to the trail. There were patches of avoidable snow on the north facing sections below the summit ridge. The summit was dry and had a few sections of loose dirt. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: marcusmartin
Info: Perfect summer conditions. No snow on the trail. Parked at the 11,000' TH at 10 am. It was T-shirt weather all the way to the summit. No wind - absolutely the most beautiful day possible to hike a 14er. Approximately 1,000' below the summit the trail is very difficult to find and seems to go off in different directions. There are cairns but some are hard to locate. Just keep moving in the direction of the summit and things seem to converge. Note, the road from the radio towers to the upper 11,000' trail is very dicey - extremely narrow. A tree branch clipped my passenger side mirror and broke it off. No room to pull over if a car is coming down. It was very difficult to turn my standard 4 Runner around at the 11,000' TH and point the car back down the road. I had to have someone assist me in the turnaround effort. Don't try to drive past the 11,000' TH - the road narrows even more. Not sure how you would turn around if you pass the 11,000' TH. See photos. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: ktfoote628
Info: Lots of small patches of snow... Nowhere near enough for traction to be helpful on a long stretch but enough to make the rock hopping extra tedious. Wonderful job done by road crews! Very smooth road past the radio towers. However the road is still so steep and narrow, you couldn't pay me to be on it on a weekend!! 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: Jorts
Info: 15 to 20" of snow over 12.5k. Post-holed most of the way besides the summit ridge. In particularly punchy areas the post-holing went above my knee. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: lukepatrick
Info: Based on the previous day's report, went in for a hike knowing we would only get so far. Hiked Saturday 9/12 early morning. Parked at the lower trailhead. Mix snow/ice/mud hiking up the road. Half mile before the cell towers cars started to appear blocking the road as they couldn't get up past the ice/snow. Appears snowmobiles or a cat has driven a trail up to the cell towers. Once at the towers it was a single track cut in the snow. Ankle/knee deep at times. Made it up to the trail cutoff / Tig ridge. This was as far as we could go without better gear (snowshoes/crampons and/or iceaxes for safety). There was another group near us that decided to go up Tig ridge on the trail and over to Princeton. Not sure how far they got buy they were cutting fresh tracks. Still beautiful views getting up to 12000', plenty of snow to play in or walk on top of. We descended that morning, at which point it was plenty warm out that our trail was slush/mud. By now (Sunday) there has been enough melting the road should be drive-able to the cell towers, though likely frozen in the early mornings. Lots of mud/slush as we got lower down. I suspect a route will have been walked soon. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-11, By: dssmith15
Info: On our way down from princeton... Oh boy. Made it to the ridge as the trail splits off from the road heading towards Tig then turned around. Too sketchy. Definitely recommend snowshoes. Maybe even goggles with the wind. Knee to waist deep snow with some drifts. Postholing a good amount of the way after the radar tower. Microspikes didn't cut it. Gut said head back. Stay safe out there. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-03, By: tsmith1007
Info: All of the route is in great condition, although our hike was on Saturday prior to the snow moving in. The trail is pretty easy to follow, just make sure you keep a look out for the switch backs and stay on top of the ridge on your way up to the summit. The road wasn't to crazy, my wife and I were able to drive about a mile and a half past the radio/cell tower in my 2019 Ford Edge with 8" of clearance. The only issue I could foresee with this road is how narrow it is and nearly impossible to fit two cars on the road side by side on about 80% of the road. Overall though good hike with a fun but tiring final ascent to the summit. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: coopereitel
Info: We were able to get the highest lot above 12k in my stock Jeep xj. The road was very rough and time consuming when people in other cars needed to pass. We couldn't find the "trail" up Tiger in the dark and ended up going straight up the east face which was sucky. I definitely recommend the ridge. At the top of Tiger it was light (sunrise at 6:10) so the trip over to Princeton was great. No moisture anywhere on the mountain at least on our route. We made yet another mistake heading not directly on the ridge up to the summit, but skirted more towards the face, once again encountering scree and loose rocks. We started at 5:00 and got off around 9:30. We took our time and enjoyed the cool views. I would recommend the hike and my only complaint was getting off trail which is on me for not doing my research. Not a lot of people either for a Saturday which was nice. Do it! 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-30, By: bmanser02
Info: We hiked the trail before sunrise, it gets very hazy during this time and headlights may have trouble seeing. The trail at night is hard to see where the left turn is to get up the ridge and is very easy to mistake the Old Trail for the main trail. The best way to decipher between the Old Trail and the main is that there are more vegetation and dirt where the switchbacks up to the ridge begin and there is a relatively large cairn about 10 feet straight up. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-14, By: taylorharris50
Info: No snow. Also no water sources. Hiked in from the 2WD TH. The road looked easy to drive but decided to park low and hike it based on a friend's suggestion. I can confirm that hiking is a good idea on the weekend. There was a 4Runner with burned out brakes blocking the road and a lot of traffic on a road with minimal room to pass. The road is a cruiser on foot. Added on Tigger which made the day a lot more fun. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-09, By: tmac90
Info: Hiked the whole trail from the 2wd trailhead. It was very hot today, and I think this route has less shade than most 14ers so the sun exposure is quite brutal. Bring LOTS of water and sunscreen. More than you think you'll need, especially if hiking from the 2WD trailhead. Full summer conditions, no snow. It adds like 8 miles to walk the road rather than drive but honestly I'd rather just hike it than deal with that narrow exposed road. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-25, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Entire route is perfect summer conditions. No snow the entire way but very windy. The rock is very loose and fairly difficult from the saddle to the false summit. It's not class 3, but I personally think it should be more of a difficult class 2. Between the wind and how difficult the trail is to follow combined with the poor stability of the rocks, I thought this was more intense than a class 2. I tried a few different lines on the way up and found that staying as close to the ridge as possible provided the most stable route. The road is manageable, but not advisable to the towers. I'm posting a TH report, so see that for more of my thoughts on the road. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: NeoDax
Info: The conditions on the mountain are great. We started out from the ‘towers' on the 4WD portion of the road. The trail was in great condition and we didn't have any snow to negotiate. We saw a handful of people on an enjoyable hike. Pictured are my buddies heading towards the summit. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-16, By: loomermj13
Info: Beautiful day with no clouds and only some wind at the top. Trail in perfect conditions, make sure to watch your step through the talus fields. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-09, By: richneel
Info: Arrived at lower parking area at 6:30am and drove UTV all the way up to the trailhead past the radio tower (Definitely recommend if you got one!) Few cars already at radio towers. Definitely glad I didn't even drive up to towers in my truck. Very narrow roads with some deep ruts at some points and sketchy having to pass other cars going down or up. No real shoulders anywhere. Whole trail to top completely dry. Hardly any wind. Made it to top in 2.5hrs and RT in 4hrs. A lot of people coming up when we were heading down so get there early to avoid crowds. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: caitlin521
Info: Completely summer conditions on the trail 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: usfgal
Info: It's summer up there! On a Thursday, it was a lot more crowded than I expected. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: Real_Ginja_Ninja
Info: Basically summer conditions. There were two main stretches, both about 30-50 feet long, that had snow, but it was no problem to walk across. Loose rock in the boulder field, and it's wet in the morning, but just take your time and make sure you have good footing before moving on. Very windy on the ridge. My Subaru outback made it up the approach road without any real issues, just take it slow and keep your momentum up. We arrived at 3:30 and started by 3:45 to insure we got a parking space at the top. 

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