Mount Princeton has to be the single most boring 14er I’ve done to date.
A nice thing about driving in on Thursday night is being able to find a campsite well up at the 4wd trailhead. If you have a low clearance vehicle or get in late on a weekend and can’t find parking, you get to start a lot farther down the mountain and add several more miles to the hike.
Despite being 6.8 miles and just over 3,000 feet of elevation, it feels long and tedious due to the unchanging terrain. Loose scree and some light bouldering make for a pretty mundane time.
Glad to have it checked off the list, I’m betting that nobody does Princeton twice.
I’m definitely looking forward to backpacking into Horn Fork Basin this afternoon and doing the Harvard-Columbia Traverse tomorrow!
Winter is Coming
Catherine Martha Pugin is the unofficial patron saint of Mount Princeton after being killed by a lightning strike just below the summit in 1995. A gentleman named Mark Howell has a nice writeup here on lightning and when to call off a hike.