Cronin Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-07, By: coopereitel
Info: I parked my Jeep around 12,080' on the Antero 4x4 road. I meant to stop earlier but I didn't know where I was going. This ended up working well though. I traversed around the south side of the lake to climb up the 12,082" bump. I know the route Roach describes goes to the north of the bump but since I was where I was (to the south) I went up a ridge type thing up to the main ridge. It was steep but not unbearable. The actual north ridge had a bit of snow on it. I did fine in my trail runners. The picture below has more description of my route. I went down to the saddle with Antero and climbed that too, they make a nice combo. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: NatDog
Info: Summited via the East Ridge from the standard route on Antero. There is a trail up the East Ridge but at times is difficult to follow. I found sticking to the ridge crest to be best. There is some loose rock but wasn't much of an issue. The descent on the North Ridge was a different story. Just about every rock, big and small, was loose. Be careful to stay on the trail directly on the ridge crest - there are some very steep scree slopes on both sides for much of the ridgeline. There was one small tower that I tried to bypass but then I found myself pretty far below the ridge crest and had to contour on some nasty scree to return back to the ridge. I left the North Ridge and descended East toward Baldwin Gulch at the low point of the saddle before the ridge ascends back up to Pt. 12591. I dropped directly toward the patch of bright green vegetation shown in photos 4, 5, and 6. This was a steep scree slope but was manageable the whole way. There were no other hikers on the entire loop from when I left the Antero trail until I re-joined it below treeline. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-15, By: mtn_nut
Info: North Ridge is 99% snow free now. I think i had to step on snow once around 300' below the saddle. 
 
Route: Little Browns
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: dwoodward13
Info: Loop up Little Browns, down Browns. Hit White->Cronin->Lo Carb->Cyclone->Carbonate. Full summer conditions. Descended Cyclone/Carb saddle. Glissade opportunity if you want, otherwise you can stick to rocks. There is a old mining road that will pretty painlessly lead you to the active 4x4 road to Browns Lake. It's visible on satellite views. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: SurfNTurf
Info: Ascended the North Ridge and descended the East Ridge. Carried ice axes and microspikes, but didn't need either. Any snowfields were largely avoidable. Dry, summer conditions, doable in trail runners with no special gear. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-03, By: wintersage
Info: 2WD TH is dry and accessible. Mount Antero jeep road has snow and ice accumulations starting 0.5mi from the entrance, only saw one Jeep make it past that point but not much further. Road is generally dry until the fork. From there you have continuous slushy, posthole-prone snow up to treeline. The cutoff that peels you away from the Mount Antero standard trail is extremely deep and slushy; you sink with every step. The actual slope leading up to the ridge has snow in some sections but is dry in other sections. We took the dryer patch to avoid avy danger. Ridge itself is fairly dry with snow in some parts; no flotation or spikes needed on the ridge proper. Rest of the route requires snowshoes however 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-11, By: angry
Info: Snow is continuous from start of 2wd trailhead until treeline. Trench in place. Didn't use traction or flotation. Ridge has some wind scoured sections while other areas are holding a lot of snow. Rock is loose. Recommend sticking to ridge proper. 
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Route: From antero
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: cougar
Info: Snow free basically on connecting ridge from antero. Big cornice on summit, snow is soft. Mountain is a pile of choss. I descended from the saddle into the basin, more loose talus and a short glissade, then down to the road. Not bad except for tons of small rocks and relatively stable scree. 
 
Route: East Face
Posted On: 2019-06-29, By: jjust
Info: I did a snow climb up the east face of Cronin Peak. The 4WD road is blocked from avalanche debris at 2.1 miles, but I found a pullout to park at 2.0 miles. The road and trail are relatively dry. The creek crossing at the standard 4WD trailhead is difficult on foot. Expect to get wet, or take fishing waders and stash them on the far side! Snow conditions were perfect for the climb. https://www.jamesjusthiking.com/2019-trip-reports/cronin-peak 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-12, By: WildWanderer
Info: Easy and clear 2WD access to 2WD lot. Parked at the 2WD lot and wasn't disappointed. From almost where the 4WD road begins it's a steady stream of water running down the trail. Started at 3am. The road was worse than I remember it from 2017. No snow until after the creek crossings, but there's avy debris still covering the road about 1/2 a mile before the first creek crossing. It's easy to hike over, but no vehicles will be getting through until it melts and is cleared. When I crossed the creek(s) the water was up to my knees. No traction needed in the morning until I left the road and entered the trees. From there I postholed up to my waist multiple times before breaking down and putting on the snowshoes. No postholing with snowshoes from then on out. There was a small snow bridge in the willows area crossing the creek yet again (4 crossings total due to high water and overflowing of the creek). I'm not sure the snow bridge will be there much longer. I took the southwest route to the ridge, and had a continuous line of snow. Easy class 2 (in snow) to summit, with no difficult obstacles. I summited at 7am and by 7:30am everything was mush. My ice axe was nice but not mandatory. It's spring, so on the way down snowshoes were really helpful. Made it back to my truck by 10am. Came home, cleaned up, and experienced my first Colorado tick encounter. I've lived here since 2007, I'm active in the outdoors, and this is the first one I've seen here. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-12, By: Buddyboy27
Info: Climb Cronin via North ridge and ski decent via east Face. Tried driving up Antero Jeep road but only got .25 miles up. Not really evidence of anyone making it further. Jeep road is patchy a good bit of the way to Baldwin Gulch split. I started skinning about 1 mile from the beginning of the Jeep road junction. Good overnight freeze meant easy skinning up the road, however I was postholing in hiking boots before switching to skis. Route is straight forward, a map is hardly necessary but there is no dedicated trail. Good hardback snow in AM to gain the ridge. Ridge was full of unconsolidated snow, waist deep at times. Wind blowing perpendicular to ridge travel. VERY small cornice at summit, 1-2'? Perfect powder conditions top to bottom on the face itself, 18+ inches. Slight 2 inch wind slab just below summit but it appeared to be well bonded. Decent wet slab on direct east Face that slid Saturday (5/11) along with loose wet point releases. Probably more wet activity this afternoon. Skied nearly from summit to truck. Moving time = 4.5 Hours, could be much faster if Antero Jeep road wasn't so flat... 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-03-31, By: BKS
Info: Baldwin gulch road is well packed down - flotation not needed but micro spikes were helpful as there was some ice. We took the north ridge in its entirety. We forged a route through the trees leaving the road for the ridge just above the turnoff for the lake. The whole ridge is long, undulating, rocky and scrambly down low. 8 hours round trip on ridge. 4 1/2 hours on up. Snow was fairly supportive, but we still postholed some. Microspikes are mandatory, axe highly recommended, crampons would be good to kick steps and for some icy traverses above chutes to the west. The low part of ridge (below where the standard route gains the ridge) is steep with quite a few steps and notches. There is some class 3 and a couple of class 4 moves over exposed chutes. There is quite a bit of loose rock where holds are needed - as there has been little traffic to pick the route clean. We dropped some rock (accidentally) down a chute on the west side. We found very little beta on this part of the ridge - one summer trip report with a pic showing exposure on summit post. Wth the right avy conditions, the standard route would be much more efficient. It was a 12 hour day. 
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Route: East Ridge Ascent and North Ridge on descent
Posted On: 2018-07-31, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Ascent up the East Ridge from the Antero/Cronin/White saddle is dry and easy. Stuck to the ridge proper most of the way. Descended the North Ridge which was interesting - you can't see it from the summit and most of the "next moves" on the ridge don't present themselves until you are at them. Cool ridge - narrow and rough - but not difficult. The scree slopes down to the basinis really loose however, take care on that. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-07, By: Chicago Transplant
Info: Road has patchy snow starting 1/2 mile up from 2WD parking, but is mostly dry to the main creek crossing. Creek crossing on rocks to the left works well, take care on anything wet. After that the road starts to be mostly snow covered 1/4 mile above the crossing and stays fairy continuous on the road and in the trees. We gained the north ridge on a shallow angle slop above a large orange talus heap. Could skin all the way to the ridge. Carried skis on the class 2+ ridge. Took us longer than expected and the snow was getting too soft (10.30), so we bailed down a 35-40 degree east facing couloir at 13,500. The ridge to the summit and the NE face all looked about the same condition as our route, if you want ski, try and summit by 10. Image 1: Ascent slopes to the ridge from the talus heap Image 2: Ridge conditions Image 3: Overall of the bowl Image 4: Zoom of our line 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-29, By: wondering_hough
Info: Three of us attempted the north ridge, again. Used spikes (micro) until 10,800 feet and the upper trail head. Used snowshoes for the next segment of the road, through the forest, and up to 12,400 feet on the shoulder before the final ridge. The remaining route didn't need floatation. We did not summit due to time..... a nice trench is in place for a few days if anyone wants to attempt. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2017-10-16, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: There is some snow on the upper section after the false summit. We did not use any traction and there are steps kicked in through it. The stream crossing after leaving the road and dropping into the gulch is negligible at this moment. Stream is very low and can be easily crossed. Apart from the snow after the false summit, entire route is snow free. I will add separate conditions for the road. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: Grover
Info: This route and peak are clear of snow. Its a steep hike up grass and talus to the ridge. Suggestion for this peak/route: If you cannot or do not want to drive up CR 277, or, don't want to drive past the creek crossing road split at ~10,800 ft., consider hiking into the basin where you cross the stream and willows, and camp there. I drove up to ~11,700 ft., backpacked for 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-10, By: kansas
Info: Pretty much summer conditions, little bit of snow in the trees after the turnoff from the road, the rest of the snow can be easily avoided. No need for spikes or snowshoes. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2017-05-23, By: desertdog
Info: We drove 1.5 miles up Baldwin Gulch road before snow drifts stopped us. Some snow on FS 277. Solid snow on FS 278. The basin had plenty of snow so you may want snowshoes. We chose to climb the ridge on the far left ( as you face the peak) rather than the standard route. The ridge was mostly dry until the last 100 yards to the summit. We had the whole mountain to ourselves on a beautiful day. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-20, By: wildsidesky
Info: Ascended Cronin from the long saddle between Cronin and Antero. That route is dry (though it doesn't seem that way from the summit of Mt. Antero). We then descended Cronin the standard North Ridge route. Some snow accumulation as high as ankle deep all the way down to ~13,000'. My climbing partner felt more comfortable with microspikes, but I didn't put mine on. Did see bear tracks in the snow near 13,000'. Weird, right? We were hoping they were lynx tracks Also spotted some Ptarmigans very close to the route on the way down to treeline. Get it while it's hot! 

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