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Sep 06 2014
BobP
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57 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2014
BobP
Hiking12.00 Miles 4,963 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles
4,963 ft AEG
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Hail to the Chief. Mt Antero is named after an Indian chief. You guessed it Chief Antero. I had a picture of said Chief that I was gonna lug up the road but I left it in the hotel room. I wanted to do a different route but Nick loves hiking roads so that’s what we did.

The hike starts on a road. There’s a road in the middle and a road to almost the end. Then there is a little rock hopping to the summit.

After puking my guts out yesterday, I wasn’t sure how today would go. I had the pumpkin scared out of me as a vehicle was driving by. I’d meet up with them later. Just follow the road and keep following it until it changes to another road and follow that one. At the saddle, there are some signs and the same picture of Antero that I left in the room. It also explains how this is the highest mineral grounds in North America and that in 2004 a big aquamarine rock was found here. There are some mining claims and miners with guns although I didn’t see any.

Nick was descending the peak when I saw him for the first time in a while. He said it was freezing up on the summit. I was on the peak about 10 minutes later and the sun came out and it was t-shirt weather. Enjoyed my summit brew and lunch in complete solitude and shortly after that about 4 miles later I caught up to Nick and we hiked together for a little while. Shortly after he finally cracked open his summit beer, a vehicle pulled up to us and offered us a ride. Nick decided to walk and I jumped in the backseat and relaxed. At one point, I jumped out of the car to move a big rock out of the road.

Back at the truck, my head was throbbing again but this time I survived the onslaught of upheaval. High Mountain Pizza and craft brews were a great way to finish off the day. We found a good place and stuck to it. This time we added hot wings. Books and websites stats for this route are 16 miles and 5,200ft of AEG. Nicks stats were 15.3 and 4,963ft of AEG. My stats are about 12 miles and 4,963ft of AEG.
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Sep 06 2014
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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fricknaley
Hiking15.30 Miles 4,963 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   7 Hrs   3 Mns   2.49 mph
4,963 ft AEG      55 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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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
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Mount Antero
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Sep 08 2012
big_load
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60 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2012
big_load
Hiking9.20 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.53 mph
3,300 ft AEG
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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.
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Aug 05 2011
TM1ssKDMac
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57 male
 Joined Apr 15 2004
 Joseph City, Ari
Antero ORV Trails, CO 
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TM1ssKDMac
4x4 Trip9.20 Miles 3,300 AEG
4x4 Trip9.20 Miles   6 Hrs      1.53 mph
3,300 ft AEG
 
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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!
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Aug 22 2010
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77 male
 Joined Feb 13 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2010
gpsjoe
Hiking9.50 Miles 3,400 AEG
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What I did on August 22, my 68th birthday.

Mount Antero is 14,269 feet above sea level. We drove the 4WD high clearance very rough road FR277 to about 10,900 feet and started hiking. Several other vehicles drove to parking at 12,000 feet and one Tacoma went all the way to a saddle at 13,800 feet. It was Sunday and there were plenty of people there and also ATVs. Antero is one of the few 14ers that lends itself to that kind of traffic.

We reached the summit without any trouble on a beautiful day. The mountains and clouds cooperated so we had a great time. After the hike Sun_Hiker and her husband Bud and their labs Boris and Jupiter had Hank and me over to their place for dinner and a birthday party complete with a birthday carrot cake with candles (only not 68 of them - didn't want to start a forest fire). What a glorious day.

I did my first 14er on July 6, 2005 at the age of 62 years 10 months and 2 weeks. After that I have hiked 14ers 28 times on 22 different 14ers and that includes two more on Tuesday (Shavano) and Thursday (Elbert via Black Cloud) following this hike. We have some in HAZ who have done them all but they are a bit younger.
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Aug 22 2010
Grasshopper
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2010
Grasshopper
Hiking9.60 Miles 3,731 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   7 Hrs   42 Mns   1.25 mph
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Mount Princeton
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Aug 13 2008
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 Joined Feb 28 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mount Antero TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Hiking5.00 Miles 2,400 AEG
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I had a road trip to Colorado planned with friends to do a 14er or two. Since I had severely injured my ankle just one week before, I was very dismayed to say the least. But I never like missing out on road trips (hiking is secondary), so I went anyway. We decided probably the only one I could do is Antero, since you can drive pretty close to the peak. I went up in the truck, knowing we would need it for that task. Camped near Tres Piedras, New Mexico the first night, had breakfast at the East West Grill in Alamosa, then headed up to set up camp near the peak in a FS campground (Cascade I think). Then off to the peak in early afternoon (weather was mostly mellow). Parked at upper trailhead area at about 12,000 feet, just before the switchbacks. Got hit with a passing snow shower just before the top, but weather was fair after that. Met a guy on top who was parked further up the road at around 13,200 feet, so he gave me a lift back to my truck as I was having great difficulty and pain on the descent. It was tough on that busted ankle, but glad I did it. I decided that I wouldn't be able to do anymore hiking on the trip, so parted ways with my friends the next morning after breakfast in Buena Vista and headed over to the mountains near Monticello, Utah for the third night of camping.
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