Mount Princeton

Mount Princeton is a high and prominent mountain summit of the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,204 feet (4,329 m) fourteener is located in San Isabel National Forest, 7.8 miles (12.6 km) southwest (bearing 225°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The mountain was named in honor of Princeton University.[1][2][3]

Mount Princeton
Mt. Princeton from near Buena Vista, CO
Highest point
Elevation14,204 ft (4327.25 m) [1]
Prominence2177 ft (664 m) [2]
Isolation5.19 mi (8.36 km) [2]
Coordinates38°44′57″N 106°14′33″W / 38.7492079°N 106.2424367°W / 38.7492079; -106.2424367Coordinates: 38°44′57″N 106°14′33″W / 38.7492079°N 106.2424367°W / 38.7492079; -106.2424367[1]
Mount Princeton is located in Colorado
Mount Princeton
Mount Princeton
LocationChaffee County, Colorado, U.S.[3]
Parent rangeSawatch Range,
Collegiate Peaks[2]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Antero, Colorado[1]
Easiest routeHike


While not one of the highest peaks of the Sawatch Range, Mount Princeton is one of the most dramatic, abruptly rising nearly 7,000 feet above the Arkansas River valley in only 6 miles.[4]

The first recorded ascent was on July 17, 1877, at 12:30 pm by William Libbey of Princeton University.[5] It is likely that various miners had climbed the peak earlier.[6] The name Mount Princeton was in use as early as 1873, and the peak was most likely named by Henry Gannett, a Harvard graduate and chief topographer in a government survey led by George M. Wheeler.[6][7]

Historical namesEdit

  • Chalk Peak
  • Mount Princeton – 1906 [3]
  • Princeton Mountain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "PRINCETON". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mount Princeton, Colorado". Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Princeton". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Mount Princeton on Summitpost
  5. ^ Merritt, J. I. (1997) "The Once and Future Mountain" Princeton Alumni Weekly Princeton University
  6. ^ a b "William Libbey and the 1877 Expedition" Princeton Alumni Weekly Princeton University
  7. ^ Borneman, Walter R. and Lampert, Lyndon J. (1994) A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners (3rd ed.) Pruett, Boulder, Colorado, ISBN 0-87108-850-9

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