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-Mapped by Timm Paxson
- Distance: 11.1
4WD road that leads to the trail
Location: 38.7449378967285, -106.204788208008
Location: 38.7466506958008, -106.211929321289
The unofficial name of the 13,330-foot peak southeast of Princeton. (The Princeton mascot is the tiger.) The road turns south at the bend ahead, and the trail leaves the road in a northerly direction.
Location: 38.7444610595703, -106.215553283691
A cairn and steps mark the trail’s beginning. Note that about 100 feet down the road from this point, people have created a shortcut. Use this path instead.
Location: 38.74560546875, -106.218406677246
The trail climbs a ridge of “Tigger Peak” from the south then bends to the west where the summit of Princeton can be seen. Part of the trail can be seen center left of the photo.
Location: 38.7446517944336, -106.223930358887
The trail abruptly leaves the tundra zone and the rest of the climb is through rocks.
Location: 38.7446517944336, -106.229736328125
The trail continues across the rock to an abandoned mine at 13,100 feet.
Location: 38.7437019348144, -106.231262207031
The ridge climb is through rocks interspersed with hints of a trail.
Tigger Peak and the Arkansas River Valley
Location: 38.7434158325195, -106.230499267578
Looking east down the trail from the ridge. “Tigger Peak” is on the right hand side of the photo.
The Arkansas River valley is in the background.
The summit pyramid
Location: 38.748462677002, -106.241737365723
Looking up at the summit.
Looking down from the summit
Location: 38.7482719421387, -106.241645812988
Location: 38.7491302490234, -106.242500305176
Location: 38.7385711669922, -106.17911529541
From the parking area, follow 4WD road for 3.2 mi. to upper parking area
Location: 38.7452850341797, -106.200592041016
Road swings to the W; pass 4WD parking
Location: 38.7448234558106, -106.206398010254
Pass second 4WD parking area; continue dirt road ascent, climbing through several switchbacks
Location: 38.7444534301758, -106.215370178223
Turn R and leave the road @ jct. marked with a cairn; climb stone steps
Location: 38.7458114624023, -106.21704864502
Head W across alpine tundra; pass an old mine
Location: 38.7447357177734, -106.223213195801
Head W; traverse the rocky slopes below “Tigger Peak”
Location: 38.7448921203613, -106.230361938477
Bear L @ fork marked with cairns to ascend Princeton’s SE ridge
Location: 38.7437438964844, -106.231063842773
Turn R on ridge connecting Mt. Princeton and “Tigger Peak” (marked with 2 cairns); pass remains of an old mine
Location: 38.7445907592773, -106.234313964844
Pass remnants from another old mine
Location: 38.7453765869141, -106.236198425293
Head NW, passing a stone wall and an old mine
Location: 38.7470092773438, -106.239791870117
Stay straight @ jct. with trail that enters from the R
Location: 38.7483673095703, -106.241645812988
Final summit push on boulder-covered slopes (only 200 ft. left to climb)
Location: 38.7492256164551, -106.242500305176
Mt. Princeton (14,197 ft.): Summit views into San Isabel National Forest to the N and S. Look SE down the ridge to find “Tigger Peak.” Retrace steps to trailhead