It’s not everyday that a trail can take you within 500′ of a 14er summit, but the Mount Antero Trail does just that! Starting low in the valley, the trail climbs through Conifer forests and Aspen groves before continuing above treeline up 9 spectacular switchbacks that will leave you wondering how anyone could have built a road up the side of the mountain. Once up the lower switchbacks the views of Cronin Peak (13,802′) and the Baldwin Valley below are panoramic. The upper switchbacks take you near the summit of Mount Antero to an elevation of 13,800′. The views of the Arkansas River Valley here are amazing and the Mount Antero Summit is only 500′ away should you choose to bag a 14er. Then downhill mountain bike section begins from this point. The Little Browns singletrack allows experienced riders the opportunity to descend into the Arkansas Valley below. The trail will connect with the Colorado Trail and then north to Mt. Princeton Resort.
Meet up location: Avery Parsons Elementary School (516 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211)