MOUNT PRINCETON HOT SPRINGS RESORT
Princeton Towers & Chalet
Length of Hike: 3.2 miles to Towers; 6.5 miles to Chalet (one way)
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
- Water (1.5 Liters per person per 5-6 hours)
- Snacks (Beef Jerky, nuts, power bar)
- Navigation (map and compass and/or GPS)
- Extra clothing (hat, socks, gloves)
- First aid supplies
- Light (headlamp or flashlight)
- Fire starter and matches/lighter
- CD Rom or mirror, whistle, mosquito repellant
- Emergency shelter (Biffy Bag)
12 popular trailheads in the Nathrop area with hikes for all abilities and age levels. Surrounding areas have additional options for exploring our beautiful valley.