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Mount Princeton
Mt. Princeton from near Buena Vista
Highest point
Elevation 14,204 ft (4327.25 m) NAVD88
Prominence 2177 ft (664 m)
Isolation 5.19 mi (8.36 km)
Mount Princeton is located in Colorado
Mount Princeton
Mount Princeton
Location in Colorado
Location Chaffee County, Colorado, U.S.
Parent range Sawatch Range,
Collegiate Peaks
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Antero, Colorado
Easiest route Hike

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.


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.

The first recorded ascent was on July 17, 1877, at 12:30 pm by William Libbey of Princeton University. It is likely that various miners had climbed the peak earlier. 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.

Historical names

  • Chalk Peak
  • Mount Princeton – 1906
  • Princeton Mountain
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