Princeton Towers & Chalet

Length of Hike: 3.2 miles to Towers; 6.5 miles to Chalet (one way)

Difficulty: Difficult

Mt. Princeton (14,196ft) is the most majestic and popular of the mountains in the Collegiate Peaks. In the 3.2 miles to the Towers, you will gain approximately 1,800ft. Travel the whole 6.5 miles to the Chalet, and you will gain 5,400ft!

Princeton Chalet Road is not only for hikers. It also serves as an ATV/Jeep road that takes you well above timberline on the southern slope. The road will test the nerves of experienced drivers as it switchbacks its way up the mountain and then traverses to the south before crossing a large avalanche chute. The chalet marks the end of this road and serves as an evacuation site for hikers coming off Mt. Princeton. The building is maintained by the local Young Life community and contains canned goods and other survival essentials. When you visit the chalet, sign the guest book, as it will give you some insight as to who has visited prior to you.


Directions to Princeton Towers and Chalet

This trail is 3.2 miles north of Mt. Princeton Resort. From the main entrance, follow CR 321 to the top of the hill. Take a sharp left onto CR 322 – this will take you straight to the trailhead and parking area marked “Mount Princeton”. This ATV/Jeep road starts up the mountain on the south side of the parking lot.

10 Hiking Essentials

  1. Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
  2. Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
  3. Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
  4. Sunscreen
  5. Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
  6. First aid supplies
  7. Light (headlamp or flashlight)
  8. Fire starter and matches/lighter
  9. CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
  10. Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)



*****Please Remember*****

You are starting your adventure at roughly 8,000ft.

You are likely going to an even higher altitude – hydration is key.

Water, Water, Water!

This activity is an extreme test of a person’s physical and mental limits and carries with it the potential for property loss, serious injury, and even death.  The risks include, but not limited to:  actions of other people, lack of hydration, weather, and/or other natural conditions.  Princeton Holdings, LLC DBA Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort is not liable for any injury, property loss, damage, death, etc. occurring due to any activity outlined by any information sheet provided by the property.  Guests are participating in these activities on their own merit and assume all liability, with no liability to Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort or its agents.


Surrounding Towns

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado

Buena Vista, Colorado is just 9 miles from Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort. This unique mountain town is located on the Arkansas River. There are many shopping opportunities along with restaurants, a brewery and a distillery. LEARN MORE

Salida, Colorado

Salida, Colorado is 21 miles from the resort. This is Colorado’s largest National Historic District. Dine on the banks of the Arkansas River and explore the many art galleries in this historic downtown. This area was named Colorado’s first Creative Arts District. LEARN MORE


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