Mount Antero

Sawatch Mountains - Collegiate Peaks, Central Colorado

Mt. Antero
Mt. Antero

Mount Antero is named after a Native American chief of the Uintah Nation. Antero is more famous among gem collectors than among mountaineers. While you are hiking you may want to watch the ground you are crossing (especially above 13,700 feet) because some incredible surprises are still lying there, waiting for your touch.

Most folks climb the mountain using the 4x4 road that goes up Baldwin Gulch to a shoulder south of Antero's summit at about 13,700'. In the photo on the left (taken from the south), the road climbs Mt. White (13,667') and the summit of Antero is in the background.

Bill and I got a chance to talk a walk on Mt. Antero in mid November, 2001. We didn't get anywhere near the summit (a breeze at about 12,800 ft. almost knocked us off the mountain) but for mid November, we had a great hike.

We went in by the Baldwin Gulch trailhead and just hiked up the road. We didn't find anywhere where the road wasn't driveable by a normal 4x4 although there's a pretty good stream crossing just below Baldwin Lake.

The weather report that day in Buena Vista said "Clear below 12,000 feet" and it meant it. Above 12,000 ft. we were in and out of the clouds and the breeze just got worse and worse as we went. We had a late start that morning anyway so we weren't trying really hard to bag the peak. A couple good gusts of wind were enough to start us back down the mountain in the early afternoon, well short of the summit. Next year will be different.

Yes, next year is different. It's August and we drive up to Baldwin Lake easily and camp. In the morning, there's ice on the logs of the stream crossing. There's also quite the assortment of vehicles driving up and down the hill heading for the gemstone digs at 14,000 feet. But Bill and I walk the distance.

There's roads all over the mountain until you get to the gemstone digs. That's on a shoulder of the hill at about 14,000 feet. The closer we got to that point, the more folks we ran into. There were quite a few kids and dogs in that area, too. But once we got clear of the final cul-de-sac, we were right back in the mountains. Antero is a big stock (an igneous intrusion), like the Spanish Peaks and Mt. Mestas. The stock includes Mt. White (just to the south and also mined heavily) and the north face of Tabeguache/Shavano/Jones Peak.

The hardest part of the remaining climb to the summit was deciphering the trail braiding. Quite a few people forgot about the trail and went straight up over the rocks and loose stuff to the summit. It was a gorgeous day and a great hike.

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Baldwin Creek
Above the junction at Baldwin Creek
North Carbonate
Grizzly Mountain
Antero's summit
Antero's summit
Shavano and Tabeguache
Shavano and Tabeguache, to the south
Tabeguache north face
Tabegauche's North Face
Shavano's north ridge
Shavano's North Ridge
Antero's summit
Antero's summit, from the gemstone digs
An obstacle on the ridge
A minor obstacle along the ridge.
looking back at the obstacle
Looking back at the obstacle
the summit pyramid
The summit pyramid
roads on the mountainside
Yup, most folks do drive up here...
a gemstone dig
A sample gemstone dig
North Carbonate
North Carbonate in the summer
looking north
Looking north from the summit
the Chalk Cliffs from above
The Chalk Cliffs
Mount Antero area topo mapMount ShavanoTabeguache Peak
Mount Antero area map logo
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