Mt. Antero  
Condition Updates  
Route: Little Brown Creek
Posted On: 2022-07-20, By: olgav100
Info: Epic Wednesday, Antero via Little Brown Creek. Why this route is not a standard (and not even described in 14ers.com) is beyond me. Thankfully I knew about it from Sawatch race a year ago! Not a single person all morning. The trail is fantastic, the 4WD road bit from there is annoying yet very tiny (imagine most walk it all the way up!), and the rock field of the last pitch is so short, and much sturdier than Princeton! Winning combination on all counts. Ran away from storms, as always perfect timing! Pays to wake up at 3 am. Lovely time by myself! Unless you intend to drive most (or some) of that road up, please consider taking this trail from Browns Creek TH! I clocked 7.8M to the top (15.6 miles round trip), which is the same distance as from the Lower Parking Lot. 
11
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-17, By: MaryinColorado
Info: Summer conditions, nothing notable about the hike past 12K. But how about that road, eh?? I posted a trailhead update to elaborate, but as someone with decent off-roading skills, let me just say the road up to 12K is a lot worse than my research led me to expect, and my significant other said it was a lot worse than he remembered, as well. (The road was new to me.) Would NOT recommend an attempt to drive to 12K unless you have both a capable vehicle (4WD + 10"+ clearance) AND really good nav skills. Whole road from bottom to 12K consistently presented plenty of opportunities for character building the whole way. It was just two of us Jeeps parked at 12K. 
3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: Mitsugi
Info: 100% Summer conditions. To be honest, if it weren't for this mountain largely being drivable this would be a miserably boring and long hike. It's basically a road for 90% of the hike. Pretty much a D tier 14er. Get a friend with a jeep to take you up to about 13,800 and then the rest is about 60 minutes round trip on foot. Much more fun day that way. 
1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: taylorharris50
Info: Antero was a lot better than expected. Awesome 4WD drive up and had no issues getting up there in a 4Runner (TRD Pro). Parking / camping was easy near 12,000'. Traffic was pretty bad trying to drive down around 9:30 AM. Would recommend starting very early on the weekend. 
2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-21, By: barnsy12
Info: Summer conditions totally free of snow. Was able to park at 12k ft and could have driven higher. 
4
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-10, By: jwright117
Info: Started from the Browns Creek Trailhead and head up via the Little Browns Creek Trail which is completely snow-free until the valley around 12,400'. There are only a few patches of snow to cross in the valley itself and at the turns in the road heading up to 13,800'. The only sketchy part of the route was the snow and mud leaving the mining area at 13,800' to the summit ridge section, but this part is short and just requires a bit of care and should be improving every day. Minimal snow on the summit ridge itself and what snow exists is entirely avoidable. 
5
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-08, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Mostly summer conditions except a few minor spots on the road and a couple spots on the summit ridge that require a tiny bit of focus. 30 plus mph winds on summit ridge. Other than that, perfect day. I enjoyed this peak more than I expected. Only passed by one truck on the road. They can't get above 12,800. About 10 other people on mountain. The 3 main creek crossings all required extra care with the high water so as to not get wet or worse. 
1 3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: johnsonm4292
Info: Hiked Antero from the 2wdr trailhead. Tiny bit of snow. Summer Conditions. 
1 3
Route: Little Browns Creek
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: thebeave7
Info: Started across the CT and hiked up Little Browns Creek, water flowing steadily. No snow until treeline then just patchy in the valley. Slowed us a little but nothing major and no special gear needed. Most snow on the way to the summit can be dodged but a few lingering snow fields have to be traversed. We didn't use spikes but if one is not comfortable on snow they may be helpful for the final summit push. Descended Browns Creek which is roaring right now. 
3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: Jimmy Jay
Info: No tracks up here since the last snow, so routefinding across the ridge was tricky since this was my first time up. Hopefully my prints helped the 2 guys that were on their way up around noon as I was headed down. Snowshoes are a must, the road is covered and you'll just posthole all day long without them. The ridge has a slight cornice on the east side, easily avoidable, best bet is to shoot straight up the slope below the summit. There's a gully starting at 11,930 (38.667950, -106.263200 - 5th photo) that was firm enough to blast straight up with ascent-focused snowshoes or crampons in the morning, and glissade back down although it was starting to get mushy after noon. Saves some mileage, I tracked 13.2 total from the lower TH. 4WD TH is passable to any full clearance 4WD, but not past the creek crossing. 
5 2
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-07, By: kcovingt1
Info: Very beautiful but windy day on Antero. Booted all the way to the first gully. Snowshoed up the gully. Some post holing in random spots on 277. 278 is continuous snow but supportive in the early mornings. The road above the gully still holds a lot of snow but can be avoided most of the time. There were two snow crossings I used my axe for but my husband simply walked across with poles. Between 13,100' and 13,800' snow is almost completely melted. The ridge is holding snow but was doable with just boots. Snowshoes were useful from the base of the gully to the creek crossing. We were post holing even with snowshoes, the snow is melting fast. 
6 3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-03, By: Leos
Info: Conditions changed a lot through the day. Morning only needed spikes going up. Switchbacks are still pretty snow covered, so going straight up a gully / scree is the best option - I just took it all the way to the ridge at ~13600, so I can't speak to the trail conditions after the switchbacks. Side slopes into the gully don't have as much snow, but still important to keep an eye on avalanche danger on some spots. Going back snow was very soft and I needed snowshoes. Would have been possible without but very painful with all the post hiking. There was a spot or two where an axe would have helped but I was able to do it with just spikes. 
7 1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-02, By: Gpacardella
Info: Left truck at 6:30 AM, 28 degrees. Spikes were fine all the way to summit due to firm crust. Followed main trail to tree line and then went up the snow gully that bisects the switchbacks. Was surprised when we hit saddle at 13,800' to see the last ridge to summit covered in quite a bit of snow and ice. Definitley up'd the difficulty to class III rock and snow moves. Ice Axe mandatory in my opinion, as were snow shoes once we got back to tree line. Many miles of soft snow to go. Back to truck at 7:00 PM. Exhausting 15.6 miles, 5400' according to our GPS 
3 3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-04-10, By: bsiegs
Info: I followed a similar route choice as previous conditions report (foregoing the switchbacks which remain basically unusable and instead taking the gully up). There's still several large stretches of angled snow and large drifts to traverse along the rest of the route. I was kicking footholds and choosing steps carefully, especially on the ascent while the snow was still really hard. I needed microspikes for this and kept them on from treeline to treeline. I also chose to stay along the ridge all the way to the summit, rather than trying to cross a large snow patch to get to the old trail off to the right. On the descent, the snow had softened a bit making it easier to have sure-footing on the snow crossings. I glissaded down the gully and then switched to snowshoes for the rest of the way back to the car, which were definitely necessary given how warm it ended up getting. Start: 8am , Summit: 1:45pm, Back to TH: 5:45pm 
1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-03-26, By: brodiecr11
Info: Used snowshoes (which were extremely helpful) for almost the whole hike. Bluebird day with little to no wind and light clouds. Started at 7am from the standard TH and took a gully up instead of the road switchbacks, which are all completely covered in 45 degree snow. When we got to about 13k it was 3pm (upper section of the hike was considerably slower), so we had a group conversation and decided that the mountain wasn't for us today. If we would have continued on we likely would have been back to the TH by at least midnight, and one of us had work the next day in Fort Collins at 11am. Oooof. Would have made 29/58 for me, but the mountains aren't ever leaving, so I'll be back for this one in the summer! On the way up the gully, me and the second person in our group were following the third person's tracks, and I heard a whoomphing sound, followed by a barely visible crack that spanned a horizontal length of about 30 or 40 feet. So if anyone is planning to get this one soon, please stay safe and be careful out there. Moderate avy danger doesn't mean no avy danger. Start time: 6:59 AM End time: 7:37 PM Total Time: 12:38:21 Elevation Gain: 5,193ft Highest Point Reached: 13,363ft Mileage: 10.74 miles 
8 3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-02-21, By: aksean22
Info: The road up to the Baldwin Gulch TH is plowed and accessible to any car. We skinned up the 4WD road to about 12K and then cut left to take a more direct route up the west face. Our "shortcut" required about 1000' of climbing up loose shale covered in a few inches of sugary snow and probably didn't save us any time. Regained the normal summer trail just past the end of the 4WD road around 13,600' and tried not to get blown off the mountain the rest of the way to the summit. About 5200 vert and 14 miles RT. 
3
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-06, By: MrSmileweil
Info: Started from base of the road at 5am. Recorded 14.61 miles and 4741 ft of gain. Total time was 11 hours, but it has been since September that any of us has done a 14er, so it can definitely be done faster. Would not even attempt to drive car up the road as there is ice within the first few hundred feet that is not going anywhere. There is not much snow on the route at all, but I would definitely bring microspikes for the few annoying sections of ice in the beginning and later down the road in the middle. Some more snow would definitely help with the "should I put my spikes on/take them off" dilemma. Once on the long flat section of road I would take them off until the later patches of ice. Looks like some snow will be coming in throughout the next week possibly. 
1
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-03, By: benmangelsdorf
Info: Frighteningly nice conditions yesterday. Took my shirt off and basked in the sun on snow-free grass at 13,000 feet. No wind until the summit. Snow is mostly a non issue. Did not use spikes or gaiters to deal with the few patches that we had to walk through. As others have said, though, there are a few sections of very, very thick ice along the road between the start and around 12,000. Most of them can be maneuvered around if you really want to. Spikes work well for them, though. I opted to not use spikes on the way down because I was tired and lazy and ended up taking a rough slip where I hit my chin pretty hard. My advice is to use spikes. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-12-01, By: Will_E
Info: Nearly summer conditions, other than a handful of iced over sections along the road. Going up I did a slow shuffle to avoid putting on microspikes (I'm lazy like that), coming down I did a less than graceful buttslide (glissade?) that worked okay. Nice and warm, nearly windless day. 
8
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2021-11-27, By: EricCOhikes
Info: Beautiful day on Antero. There are some serious icy stretches, including within the first 1/2 mile, that I wouldn't drive on (I even glissaded down one long stretch just to avoid falling, as microspikes were no match for that ice). Other than the handful of icy stretches, the road is super easy to hike. 40% of it didn't have any snow, and the rest of it only had an inch or so of snow. Though, there was a ~1/3 of a mile stretch higher up that was a bit deeper. Gaiters are handy there, but I definitely wouldn't haul snowshoes around for it. There are several sneaky stretches where super slick ice is hiding under about an inch of snow. There were footprints up to 11,600 that then veered right onto a side trail. There were no footprints from there all the way up to the summit. Despite the perfect weather, I didn't see anybody else all day. While this is a boring route, as a road all the way up to a mining site at 13,700, at least it's not overrun with vehicles right now with the icy stretches. 
1

Return to the main Peak Conditions page
© 2022 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.