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Mt. Princeton Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
49% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,290' 698 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,131' 4,307 m
Low: 11,841' 3,609 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)

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Trail shared by Tyler Prince

A rocky trail from talus field to ridge to summit on a classic collegiate 14er.

Tyler Prince

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County Road 322 is extremely narrow and rough. I made it in my Subaru, but it was very sketchy, and I wouldn't do it again. This road is closed in the winter, and conditions are variable year-round.

Runner Notes

This entire trail is a rocky mess intended for hiking. Running wouldn't work too well here.

Description

For driving directions, see featured run Mt. Princeton.

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.

Flora & Fauna

While one would expect marmots and pika, I didn't see a single creature this entire run.

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Mt. Princeton on 7/17/19.
Jul 18, 2019 near Alpine , CO
The turnoff for Mt. Princeton can be seen to the right, with the Jeep road continuing to the left. 13er Tigger Peak is dead ahead. The route goes below and to the right of this mountain.
Jun 24, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Mt. Princeton Summit view of Tigger Peak
Jul 23, 2017 near Alpine , CO
The route, seen from just below the summit. The switchbacks on the trail are covered with snow, so the path is slightly different with summer conditions. Tigger Peak and the Arkansas Valley are seen in the foreground.
Jun 24, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Mt. Princeton summit. Altitude has been shown to contribute to absurdity.
Jun 24, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
Hikers along the ridge, just a little above the switchbacking trail.
Jun 24, 2015 near Buena V…, CO

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