Mt. Princeton Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,290' 698 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,131' 4,307 m
Low: 11,841' 3,609 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)
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“A rocky trail from talus field to ridge to summit on a classic collegiate 14er.”— Tyler Prince
Turn off the 322A Jeep road (right for this trail). 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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