Mt Princeton


Elevation Gain1,280ft
Trailhead Elevation12,105ft
Elevation Min/Max10825/12105ft
Elevation Start/End12105/12105ft

Mt Princeton

Mt. Princeton is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in , Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 12,105 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,280 feet. The Mt. Princeton Chalet chalet, the Parking for Mt. Princeton or chalet parking, and the Mt Princeton parking are near the trailhead. The Lucky Mine (elevation 12,165 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Mount Princeton (elevation 14,147 feet). This trail connects with the following: County Road 322.

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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"A popular tourist road because of its easy access. A relatively short drive to outstanding views. Road does not go all the way to top. Enjoy famous Mount Princeton Hot Springs. A few small camp spots along route. ATVs and dirt bikes are allowed, but area can get congested. Most of the road is easy except near top. Narrow shelf road may be intimidating to some. Most stock SUVs can do it. Low range is required for steep climbs. Snow may block trail in June and early July."
"The Mount Princeton to Raspberry Gulch ride offers a great introduction to Colorado’s fourteener region. Incorporating sections of the Colorado Trail, this ride provides fat-tire enthusiasts with great views of the Arkansas Valley and the Sawatch Range’s Collegiate Peaks. Although the ride is both technically and physically challenging, a soak in the Mount Princeton Hot Springs at trail’s end is inspiration enough to grunt up Raspberry Gulch Road. The singletrack portion of the ride provides challenging access to two of the Sawatch Range’s most dominant peaks: Mount Princeton and Mount Antero. You’ll enjoy passing through gorgeous stands of aspen and mixed conifer forests."

Mt. Princeton Trip Reports

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The single track portions of the trail more than make up for the long paved portion of the ride. A beautiful ride through open pine and aspen forests and scrub oak. I did decide to dismount for a couple of steep rocky sections (discretion being the better part of valor) but found the trail to be technically easy for the most part. If ridden as describes the trail the fun gets started at about the 6.5 mile mark. The road starts to get steep and rutted raising the physical challenge. At the top of the road (where motorized access ends) the trail signs are missing. Just take a right and ride until you can turn right again. The Colorado Trail signs are still up but the trail numbers are missing. The final descent is probably as steep as anything I''ve ridden. I had a fun ride and will do it again.

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Trail Information

Hiking, Camping, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 343 Hwy. 24 South, PO Box 2021, Buena Vista 81211; (719) 395-6612;
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Antero, Nathrop; Trails Illustrated map #130: Salida, St. Elmo, Shavano Peak; 14ers Region Mountain Bike Guide; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 60 C 1–2.
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