Ascent of Mount Princeton on 2013-08-29

Climber: BMS 914

Others in Party:Anji Cerney
Eric Kassan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Newman
Date:Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Princeton
    Elevation:14197 ft / 4327 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the sixth day of Eric's Colorado trip, we decided to try another 14er - Princeton Peak. This one was similar to Mount Antero (which was just to the north, BTW), in that it had a trail leading nearly to the summit followed by some talus and boulder hopping at the end. It turned out that a use trail covered much of the boulder field anyway, but we did get off route a bit and took a more direct approach.

Tim got out ahead of Eric and I, while Anji turned back to the vehicle shortly after starting, having forgot something. She planned to catch up to us on the way up. She eventually did catch up to us, not far from where the trail veers off the 4WD road. A guy had parked his Mitsubishi SUV on the edge of the road near this juncture, and for all the world it looked like his vehicle was about to topple right off the edge and go cartwheeling down the steep slope!

Once Anji caught up we began to pull away from Eric, and followed the trail until it died amid the talus slope and moderate boulders. We navigated this on a faint trail, eventually taking a fork toward the ridge, as the other had been blocked (in a visual sense) with rocks, which usually means it is not a good option. The rest of the way was a mix of faint trail and boulder hopping, and we got to the summit only to realize that Tim was not there. Eric arrived a bit later and said Tim was not far behind him. Turns out he got distracted by the precarious parking job and walked right by the turn onto the trail, going about 0.75 miles too far up the road before realizing his error.

After the usual snack and summit photos, we headed down via the same route, or nearly so. Anji and I got off the ridge a little early, and found a trail that connected with the closed off area we had passed on the way up, shaving 0.1 miles off our descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3217 ft / 980 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3217 ft / 979 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Clouds moved in
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3217 ft / 980 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3214 ft / 980 m; Extra: 3 ft / 0m
    Loss on way in:3 ft / 0 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Trail and southwest ridge
    Start Trailhead:Turnout above antenna array  10983 ft / 3347 m
    Time:2 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3214 ft / 979 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Trail and southwest ridge
    End Trailhead:Turnout above antenna array  10983 ft / 3347 m
    Time:1 Hours 51 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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