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Mount Antero Trail, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > South Central
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance 9.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 10,856 feet
Elevation Gain 3,300 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 20.2
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124  2011-08-05 TM1ssKDMac
20  2010-08-22 gpsjoe
29  2010-08-22 Grasshopper
28  2008-08-13 rwstorm
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    Mount Antero Trail
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    bob is being mean and making fun of me for choosing the standard route up antero, but that's just because the rental car was in my name and not his, and we didn't know what kind of the shape the 4x4 portion of the road was in, or what kind of shape the road out to the other trailhead was in. i also wasn't super sure what to expect from bob as the altitude gave him some trouble the day before and we were still looking at 15-16 mile day with big gain and pumpkiny weather. oh...and the hardest hike of all 3 yet to come... :STP:

    i enjoyed the hike up to antero. the part through the woods a bit mundane but above timberline i thought the hike and scenery were spectacular. the last mile out to the summit was particularly cool. clouds rolled in on me while on the summit with a big temp drop and snow flurries. i met bobby rockets just off the summit and he had great weather up top. i took the standard way down and bob cruised down a gulley. we met up near timberline and hiked in the rain for a little bit. the rest of the hike down was uneventful and pleasant. bob deserted me, so i drank my summit brew on the final 2 miles. it was way too cold to have it up top :D
    Mount Antero Trail
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    After some alpine lakes hiking in the Sangre de Cristos, and some town days in Salida, I met hiking buddies Michelle and Matthew for my first 14er.

    We camped at one of the nearby FS camps the night before, but Matthew didn't get in until 3:00 am, so we got a very late start, especially after the long, slow ride up the Jeep road as far as we dared.

    Once above the treeline, the ascent brought increasingly better views of distant valleys and lakes. The excitement started when we reached the famous aquamarine deposits at a saddle a few hundred feet below the summit. Rock hunters were busy there, and one of them was claimed by somebody we met to often shoot at hikers, since he believed he had a valid mining claim. (I did manage to find a stone with some far-from-gem-quality aquamarines embedded.)

    The last 400 feet was pretty tough, but the spectacular view from the top was worth it. It was absurdly late when we got there, but the weather cooperated and there was no threat of lightning.

    The real danger turned out to be Matthew's desire to forgo the road-walk and take a questionable trail out over the mine tailings. As I suspected, it turned the corner onto an unstable slope of talus and scree. At one point, I was dislodging a couple hundred pounds of scree with each step, which inspired me to go off toward the talus. That was mostly better going, but a few times I felt many tons of rock shifting under my meager weight. I can't record the phrase I repeated to myself every couple seconds, but I must have said it three hundred times before I reached solid ground. Michelle was waiting there, having had less difficulty, but now suffering from a bad altitude headache.

    The remainder of the hike down was uneventful, and Michelle managed to drive us out (she figured riding would be even worse than driving for her head). We got out just at dark and somehow managed to set up camp a few miles away at the Iron City FS campground.

    The next morning, Michelle and Matthew went to loaf at the hot spring spa near Mt. Princeton, while I spent the day exploring the semi-ghost town of St. Elmo before heading back to Salida and more hiking in the Sangres.
    Mount Antero Trail
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    Antero ORV Trails
    This was the day that we were going to run the trails up Boulder Peak, Mount Antero, Browns Lake and Baldwin Lakes. We did not get the early start that we needed but headed up the road towards Mount Antero determined to make the best of it!! We turned up the side road towards Boulder Peak and made it all the way to the mine near the top of Boulder Peak, got some great photos looking across the valley towards Mount Princeton and Mount Antero. We then headed down and got back on the road up to Mount Antero and proceeded up the many switchbacks of this road. Near the top we were halted by a traffic jam as a group of jeeps was coming down off of the high point on the mountain. We decided to go over to Mount White and check out the view down into Browns Valley while we waited for traffic to clear up over on Mount Antero.

    We had lunch and then headed up to the highest point on Mount Antero that you can drive to now that the traffic had cleared up some. I got some great photos from the top of Antero and then we headed down the mountain. We followed the road down to Brown's Creek and Lake and spent some time down there fishing and shooting photos of the flowers. A rain storm blew in and we packed it up and headed out. On our way out of the valley I was able to capture the most amazing rainbow over the valley as the storm departed down the valley. We later saw some big horn sheep as we crossed the ridge prior to dropping back down off of the side of Mount Antero and into the valley below that holds Baldwin Creek.

    We were running short of daylight now and decided not to go up to Baldwin Lakes so I have a great reason to go back sometime to complete this section of the drive. All in all it was a great day in the high Rockies!
    Mount Antero Trail
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    : king : Happy 68th Birthday to gpsjoe at 14,269ft! : king :

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