Hike Mt. Princeton

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Added by Madison Sankovitz

This is a beautiful 14er in Colorado that requires no technical skill to climb but offers amazing views of the Sawatch Range and the Arkansas Valley. 

Starting at 8900 feet of elevation, this 13.25 mile roundtrip hike begins its 5400 foot elevation gain on a dirt road that winds for 3 miles until you break the treeline. If you have 4WD and good clearance you can drive most of the way up this road, shortening your entire hike by about 6 miles. Just out of treeline, locate the Princeton trail on the right as the road curves around Tigger Peak (the small peak south of Mt. Princeton) to the left. Follow the trail up to 11900 feet on the tundra ridge, them continue onto the large scree field on the north-facing slope of Tigger Peak. Here you can see the Mt. Princeton summit to the west. Follow the trail west over the rocks. Near 12800 feet turn left to ascend the Tigger-Priceton connecting ridge. Once on the ridge between the two peaks, turn right and follow the ridgeline up to the summit of Mt. Princeton. The ridge can get a bit steep but it does not exceed a difficulty of Class 2. Enjoy the broad, amazing summit views! 

Be sure to start your hike early in the morning to ensure you don't run into afternoon thunderstorms on the mountain, which can be uncomfortable and unsafe. 

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes 
  • Warm clothing layers 
  • Water bottle 
  • Snacks  
  • Camera  
  • Sunglasses
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Fitness, Hiking, Photography

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Summer, Autumn

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13.25 Miles


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Added by Madison Sankovitz

I am a photographer with a thirst for adventure and exploration of this Earth! I love to take advantage of opportunities to have fun in the beautiful places around me.

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