ElevationAscent: 3,236' 986 m
Descent: -3,235' -986 m
High: 14,106' 4,299 m
Low: 10,870' 3,313 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 76% (37°)
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“A classic Sawatch 14er with a shorter approach than most.”— Tyler Prince
From the upper TH at the radio towers, continue running up on CR 322A (the road away from, not toward, the radio towers). Continue for about 1.5 miles on the road before turning right onto Mt. Princeton Trail at 11,800 ft, just a few minutes after breaking tree line. The Jeep Road continues up along 13er Tigger Peak and is accessible by car for 1-2 months of the year.
The beginning of this trail remains class 1 but is absurdly steep. The grade relents after about 200 vertical and the trail continues below the Tigger-Princeton ridge. It's class 2 from here on out. Talus hop cautiously before continuing up some switchbacks to reach the ridge at 13,100 ft. There's an old trail below the switchbacks, but it more or less dead-ends below the ridge.
Once on the ridge, don your wind protection and continue toward the summit. Cross along some flat areas by some rock features until you reach 13,500 ft, after which the grade cranks up. Continue up some excellent class 2 trail to reach the summit - it's just a short stretch from here.
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