Peak(s):  Mt. Princeton  -  14,200 feet
"Tigger Pk"  -  13,300 feet
Date Posted:  06/04/2022
Date Climbed:   06/04/2022
Author:  jenvalencia
 Halloo Down There   

This was my first solo trip since 2019 and I enjoyed it so much! I feel this report may be helpful for climbs times for others; also in deciding which peak to do first and as a reminder to read route descriptions. I can’t speak for an experience on the “old route” but many were still choosing that path. I found the “new route” as described in 14ers route description to be great. I lost the trail for just a bit right when it splits, but very easily recovered and the switchbacks and ridge travel was great, both in terms of the trail and views.

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View from the saddle between Tigger and Princeton

i parked a bit past the radio towers where there were plenty of campsites. Left car 6am, gained the saddle between Tigger and Princeton at 8am. While many were still taking what the route description described as the old route, I took the “new route” and found it to be very pleasant. Waypoint for the small build rock wall separating old and new trails: 38.74506, -106.23105

Made summit at 9 am; left at 10 and was at Tigger by 11am. I’m glad I went this route because the snow, which had been boot packed and hard in the morning was becoming pretty wet and this route would avoid the larger crossings. Initially, I had planned to go up Tigger first, but I didn’t want to tire out, as Princeton was my main goal and the “route” up Tigger looked like one giant field of talus and boulders. Indeed it was, and I much preferred coming down that, as it was easy to follow a line down with my eye on the main Princeton trail.

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Looking at Tigger from the saddle Here

My track from the saddle to Tigger and back to the main trail; I was able to avoid the few snow crossings this way and reached my car at 12pm.

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One of the snow crossings

The turn off to Tigger from the saddle, if you take the new route, was obvious. There’s also a giant cairn (38.74532, -106.21857) along the main trail that I concluded at when coming down, so a good turn off point to head up to that ridge if starting with Tigger.

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Looking at Princeton from the summit of Tigger

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




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Comments or Questions
mhalter001
Re Tigger Route
06/16/2022 16:52
Hi Jen, just a thanks for taking the time to post a great report on the Tigger route - I was glad to see one and note that conditions look great already this season! Mark


czepelin
car clearance to upper parking
06/30/2022 12:57
Hi Jen - can you speak to the condition of the road and how your car handled getting up to the higher parking areas? Thanks!
Carol


jenvalencia
Car clearance
06/30/2022 21:36
I didn‘t find the road too difficult to the radio towers or camping spots, although it was narrow. I believe some clearance is helpful but it wasn‘t technically challenging. Beyond the camp spots there were two- three additional pullouts that would require some 4x4 skill to get to, that get progressively more challenging.



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