Summary: From the radio towers hike on the road as it continues to switchback up the mountain. After breaking treeline the road will have a long stretch without switchbacks that crosses an avalanche chute. Before the road gets to the avalanche chute look to your right for a cairned beginning to the trail. It doesn't look much like a trail as it leaves the road but after a quick scramble up some loose talus you will find an obvious hikers path. Follow this path as it enters the boulder fields. You will find the path to be very gentle in this area as the old miners turned most of the rocks to make a smooth path. As you near the old mine this trail leads to you will see a lot of paths that scramble up to your left to the ridge crest. Pick one of this paths and work your way to the ridge. Follow the ridge the rest of the way to the summit as the beautiful Collegiate Peaks are comes into view.
Trailhead: From the only stoplight in the town of Buena Vista head west on Colorado 306 for 0.8 miles to County Road 321. Follow this road for nearly 7 miles to a signed entrance to Frontier Ranch, a Young Life camp. Frontier Ranch has kept this road open to the public. Turn into the ranch and look for the large overhead sign that will label the Mount Princeton Road. Take this road until you reach the radio towers. Then find a parking spot. 4X4's may continue on this road to above treeline. (Lat:38.74566 Lon:-106.19896)
Trail Guides for Mount Princeton:
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
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 PB on 3/3/2009
It was great experience. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is great place for accomodation. http://www.mtprinceton.com
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