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Mount Antero

2 Reviews
Location Buena Vista, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 14.1mi
Time 6hrs

Vehicle Types

Overview

Narrow switchbacks climb to thin air just below 14,000-ft. summit.

Incredibly high drive to near top of 14,000-ft. peak. Quiet camping at remote Browns Lake. Network of other roads to explore. Popular hiking area. Forest Service campgounds and private resorts along C.R. 162.

Rating

Difficult
Trail Ratings Defined

Extremely narrow shelf road with tight switchbacks. Small SUVs with low-range gearing and high clearance can drive all but last half mile to near top of Mt. Antero. Oversize vehicles will have a hard time at switchbacks. Experienced drivers only. Avoid being at the top or stay in your vehicle if you see lightning in the area.

Stats

Length

14.1mi

Mt. Antero 7.1mi Browns Lake 7mi

Time

6hrs

Mt. Antero 4hrs Browns Lake 2hrs

High Point

13,750ft

Best Time To Go

July-Sept

Current Conditions

(719) 539-3591San Isabel N.F., Salida R.D.

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Trail Updates

2/14/2019
Submitted by FunTreks
We rode this trail in the summer of 2019 in a UTV. It has gotten rougher and we increased the rating to difficult. The route is pretty much the same until you get to the very top, where we found several new roads winding around the peak. This trail is combined with Baldwin Lakes in the ATV Guide to Colorado Central Mountains. See that trail for updates. For the most up-to-date information on this trail, see our new 4th Edition Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails, set to be released April 2019.

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Joel says

This is a great trail with a short hike to a 14er summit from the end of the road. The miners drive an excavator up and down each summer and do minor road maintenance if necessary for their pickups. Great memorable views from numerous tight switchbacks. A mountain goat or two are often hanging out at the end of the road. Definitely worth doing.
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Lisa Downey says

What a fun trail!!! The switchbacks were tight in a few areas but my 2020 4Runner TRD made it fine. The shelf part of the trail is amazing, if you have issues with heights I don't recommend this trail. You have to get creative for clearing traffic coming the opposite direction because it is one way. We had to backup into one of the switch elbows to let an oncoming Jeep pass. I'm excited to do it again!!
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