Mount Antero, with an elevation of 14,269 feet, is the tenth highest peak in the state of Colorado and was named for Chief Antero of the Uintah band of the Ute Amerindian tribe. The peak was surveyed by the Pike Expedition in 1806, and a Forest Service sign at the Brown's Creek Trailhead commemorates the Pike Expedition's camp at Mount Antero's eastern base. Mount Antero is prized for its gemstone deposits (it has one of the highest concentrations of aquamarine in the United States), and there are several active mines located in and around the mountain. This peak is located in the central Sawatch Range, between Buena Vista and Salida and entirely within the San Isabel National Forest.
The most popular Mount Antero climbing route starts from the east at the Brown's Creek Trailhead and parallels Little Brown's Creek to the
creek's upper reaches until Forest Road 1A. The route then follows the road to near the summit. Another popular route follows
Forest Road 1A from the north up Baldwin Creek (this route can have heavy mining and tourist traffic during the summer months).
This page last updated 8/15/06