Mount Antero

Mount Antero, one of the highest roads of North America

Mount Antero is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.189m (13,743ft) above the sea level, located in Chaffee County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The road to the summit is rocky, rough and requires four-wheel drive. Expect a dramatic set of switchbacks ascending up to the summit. It's one of the highest roads of USA.

Is the road to Mount Antero unpaved?

Tucked away in San Isabel National Forest, the road to the summit is rocky, rough and requires four-wheel drive. It’s called Baldwin Gulch Road (County Road 277). Starting at Chalk Creek Drive, the road is 11.09km (6.89mi) long. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado. The peak is named after Chief Antero of the Uintah band of Utes.

Is the road to Mount Antero dangerous?

The route is dangerous. Not recommended to newbies. Expect a dramatic set of switchbacks ascending up to the summit. It’s an extremely narrow shelf road with tight switchbacks. Along the way you’ll have to deal with some dangerous drop offs. Experienced drivers only. The trail itself is fairly easy until you get very close to the top. It is a little scary, however, as you are on very narrow shelf roads for most of the trip. There are several narrow switchback shelf roads with steep drop-offs, but the road is very solid with little or no off-camber sections. Passing another vehicle is impossible in most places. The trail here is made of loose rock and some dirt areas.

Is the road to Mount Antero open?

Set high in the southern Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America, between the towns of Buena Vista and Salida, the road is closed by heavy snow until June and sometimes even July. Often, the road contains snow until early June, so be sure to check road conditions before traveling. Always stay on marked trails as it is easy to get lost and meet the wildlife if you decide to wander. Avoid being at the top or stay in your vehicle if you see lightning in the area.

When was the road to Mount Antero built?

The trail follows numerous remnants of Colorado's mining heritage. The road to the summit was built in the early 1950's by a company that hoped to mine beryl. This area is rich in gemstones and semiprecious metals. It is a great place to look at and gather rocks, and make a lot of money if you're lucky. The mountain itself is prized for its gemstone deposits and has one of the highest concentrations of aquamarine in the country. This route has heavy mining and tourist traffic in fair weather during the summer months.

Is the road to Mount Antero steep?

The road to the summit is very steep. Starting from Chalk Creek Drive, the ascent is 11.09km (6.89mi) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.312 meters. The average gradient is 11.83%. The summit provides a great 360 degrees panorama of the Sawatch range.
Pic: Adam Klopp

 

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