Mount Princeton/Tigger Peak
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  • Statistics:
    • Date Hiked:  September 24, 2004
    • Miles Hiked:  6.2
    • Elevation Gain:  3,497'
    • Hiking Partner(s):  None
  • Description:
    • After being on both the Como Lake and South Colony Lake roads, I felt like I was on an interstate driving up the Mount Princeton Road.  I drove up late Thursday night after hiking Culebra Peak and Red Mountain earlier in the day.  I was a bit worn out from the day and wasn't at all interested in an alpine start.  I actually chose to hike Mount Princeton because of its ease.  If I am afforded the opportunity to go on a large group hike like that again, I will certainly change my approach.  Rather than going fast to see how I compare to other hikers (and hike alone for the most part), I will hang with the group and carry my camcorder to more fully enjoy the hike and company.
    • Anyway, I took the standard route starting at the 4WD parking lot at 11,000'.  Despite being tired, I made descent time and gained 1,700' in an hour and twenty minutes.  I finished climbing to the summit which I had to myself for a half an hour.  Since it was only another 300' to bag Tigger Peak also, I felt "pot committed" and made the ridge traverse over to Tigger.  Continuing on the ridge, I dropped back down to the Mount Princeton Road and jogged back to my vehicle.  I stopped off at Casa Del Sol (highly recommended) in Buena Vista for lunch before heading back to Denver.

Leg

Description

Start

End

G (L)

Grade

Miles

1.

Trailhead - Saddle 13000

11,000'

13,000'

2,000'

16.5%

2.3

2.

Saddle 13000 - Mount Princeton

13,000'

14,197'

1,197'

32.4%

0.7

3.

Mount Princeton - Saddle 13000

14,197'

13,000'

(1,197')

 

0.7

4.

Saddle 13000 - Tigger Peak

13,000'

13,300'

300'

18.9%

0.3

5.

Tigger Peak - Trailhead

13,300'

11,000'

(2,300')

 

2.2

 

Cumulative Elevation Gain/Grade/Miles

 

3,497'

21.4%

6.2

 
    Time Timer  
Leg Description Beg. End Start Stop Minutes
1. 4WD Trailhead - 12,700' 6:45 8:05 0:00 1:20 80
2. Break 1 8:05 8:20 1:20 1:35 15
3. 12,700' - Mount Princeton 8:20 9:35 1:35 2:50 75
4. Break 2 9:35 10:05 2:50 3:20 30
5. Mount Princeton - Tigger Peak 10:05 11:05 3:20 4:20 60
6. Break 3 11:05 11:10 4:20 4:25 5
7. Tigger Peak - 4WD Trailhead 11:10 12:10 4:25 5:25 60
  Totals 5 Hrs. 25 Mins. 325
 

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