Total Elevation Gained: 5500 feet
Starting Point: Baldwin Gulch Trailhead
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|Picture taken at 12,700 feet.|
I got a 6 am start at the trailhead at around 9600 feet. In less than an hour I had covered 2.7 miles and 1200 vertical feet arriving at a stream crossing that I had been anticipating.
|Looking SE Mount Cronin 13,870 feet|
|East aspect of Mount Antero|
|Pt. 13,800 dead ahead and the start of the switchback that goes around it.|
|Skirting around this point is the path I followed up.|
|Two hikers can be seen here cresting pt. 13,800. One is just about to crest and the other is behind a ways.|
|Close-up on hiker #1|
|It's as easy as following a ridge from here.|
Before too long but not soon enough I made the summit.
|Moun Antero summit 14,269 feet. Tabeguache can be seen to my left.|
One more from the top
|Sawatch Mountain Range|
|Just below the final pitch.|
|They're right about in the middle of the rocky ridge.|
|A little easier to see because they're crossing a small patch of snow.|
The descent was fairly quick. I went down the exact way I came up. There were a few areas where glissades were possible.
|Always a fun way to descend.|
Notes to self:
I enjoy watching the seasons come and go and being able to witness the changes in the landscape. Each season has its advantages and disadvantages. While post-holing can turn a dream hike into a nightmare quickly I will absolutely miss glissades and plunge-stepping my way off a mountain. And I suppose by the end of the summer I'll be looking forward to cooler temps and a rest for my knees.