Summary: Drive up this road as far as you are willing to take your vehicle then hike the rest of the way. It is possible to drive to over 13,000 feet in elevation.
From county road 162 take the Mt. Antero Road south for 2.75 miles to where you will see another signed intersection. You must go left across the stream (at high water it is difficult to get across and stay dry). Follow this road as it passes treeline, goes through a series of switchbacks up to a high saddle and then heads east to a parking area just below a very steep loose set of switchbacks. Follow these switchbacks to the summit ridge, then take the hikers trail along the ridge the rest of the way to the obvious summit.
Trailhead: From Buena Vista head south to the small town of Nathrop. At the south end of town is a right turn (county road 162) that will take you towards the Mt Princeton Hot Springs (great place to stop after a hike). Take this road West for 12.5 miles to the labeled left turn for Mt. Antero. Passenger cars should park here, high clearance vehicles can continue up this road for nearly 6.5 miles. (Lat:38.71008 Lon:-106.2918)
Trail Guides for Mount Antero:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Isabel National Forest 719-553-1400 (main office)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Kim on 8/4/2010
Antero hike was listed in The Colorado 14ers as a 7 mile hike, which I began at 2:00 PM, anticipated being down at sunset. The description here, by Joshua, is more accurate. With a low-clearance vehicle, parking is available at the base. The hike is 14 miles up a rough jeep Forest Service road that winds southeast, crosses a creek, then does switchbacks east to a final ridge trail heading north. Above 13,000 feet, do not hike east to lesser peaks. Hike north and, after crossing the ridge, scramble up a boulder field to a flat summit that I reached about sunset, with a thunderstorm to the west. Antero is busy with motorized all-terrain vehicles on weekends. During the week, I only had a dozen vehicles and hikers pass along on the road
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