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Ascent of Mount Princeton on 2015-07-11

Climber: Luke Mullen

Others in Party:Aaron
Karl
Luke
Date:Saturday, July 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Princeton
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:14197 ft / 4327 m

Ascent Trip Report

First 14er since 2012! Ugh, life gets in the way. Overall a good hike; the trail itself is nothing terribly interesting, and the loose rock was hard on the ankles, but great views from the top and good weather made it a worthwhile ascent. We left the truck parked near the radio towers on Mt. Princeton road at 8:15. Not surprisingly, there were quite a large number of people on the trail, so there was little chance for solitude. We lost the trail crossing the rock field on the lower flanks of Tigger Point, and actually ended up on the old trail by accident. Realizing this, we scrambled up the loose rock and scree, rejoining the main trail on Princeton's east ridge up from the Princeton-Tigger saddle. The three years since my last truly steep hike revealed themselves as I gassed my way up the ridgeline, breathing harder and moving slower than I thought I would. All in all, getting to the top in under 3 hours was acceptable, considering Aaron's dog kept chasing after pika, requiring us to stop while he fetched her. We hung out at the summit for a half hour, taking in the views, catching our breath, and eating lunch, as the crowds caught up with us. At 11:30 we headed down, back at the truck by 2. Note to self: these boots may have to be replaced, not sure my beat up toes can take the longer, tougher hikes planned for this year!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3377 ft / 1029 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:East Slopes
    Trailhead:Mt. Princeton Road  10820 ft / 3297 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes



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