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Huron Peak Summit Trail - 4 members in 9 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 20 2021
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42 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2021
LindaAnnTriplogs 1,573
Hiking6.38 Miles 3,133 AEG
Hiking6.38 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.23 mph
3,133 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Left the hotel in Buena Vista with nice temps, but there were heavy clouds to the west and it was very windy. It started raining within a mile of getting on the highway, got progressively colder, and the rain turned to sleet. Once on the dirt road, the rain/sleet continued off and on. The road is well graded at first, but gets rough after a few miles, slow going. The last few miles to the trailhead are recommended high clearance 4wd, and since it was wet, the 4wd was needed.

Started hiking just before sunrise. Temp at the start was about 35. This trail is almost like two different hikes. The first half is in the trees and is just a trail switchbacking steeply uphill. Easy to follow, with good footing, some tree roots. You don't actually get a glimpse of Huron until almost a mile and a half into the hike. The trees shielded most of the wind, but it kept getting colder.

Once above the treeline, the next half of the hike has some great views. The trail gets rockier, and steeper after a short, somewhat level section. This is where the snow on the ground started, at first just a dusting, then coating the trail above 12500', continually getting deeper. The winds were very strong, enough to where the gusts would knock you off balance. The clouds added some nice drama, but views were limited at times, still very pretty though. As the trail headed steeply up the north side of the peak, it was fairly easy hiking through the snow, but as the trail shifted around more to the west side of the peak, the wind became awful. At this point, the snow was a good 4-5" deep and was coating the trail, which was quite steep and rocky at this point, and it was difficult to tell which rocks were loose and which were solid. The sustained wind was enough to prevent most from standing upright without losing balance. I don't mind snow, and I don't mind wind, but both together with probably a single digit wind chill was a bit much. Everything in my pack--water, sunblock, eye drops, food, etc. was freezing. The wind was constantly drying my contacts, but I couldn't put drops in to re-wet them, so that was annoying. Just above 13,700' and about 1/4 mile from the summit, I decided I had gotten good enough pictures for the day and decided to turn around.

Once below the worst of the snow, the hike back down was easy and went by quickly. I know one guy made it to the summit ahead of me, but I passed several people on the way down who had already turned around. I think a couple more groups I chatted with likely summited, but it seemed like most were discouraged by the wind. It was starting to get sunny by the time I finished, but the wind was still strong.

Definitely a pretty hike, and not a particularly difficult 14er, just steep. In good weather, I think my kids would like this one, we may try it in a year or two.
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Sep 24 2020
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57 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Jackson, CA
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2020
toddakTriplogs 490
Hiking9.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.50 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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Road walk from Winfield through beautiful forest up into a desolate basin below the peak. The final several hundred feet to the summit was a bit icy but I was able to avoid using traction.

Driving to my next destination there was a road crew up ahead mowing the grass along the side of the highway. As I went past the mower BOOM my front passenger side window exploded, showering pieces of safety glass everywhere. The mower had kicked up a rock and sent it flying like a bullet, thank goodness I didn't have the window rolled down. So it was off to Pueblo to spend a day with the good folks at Safelite Auto Glass.
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Aug 31 2020
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2020
DixieFlyerTriplogs 706
Hiking7.40 Miles 3,414 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   1.87 mph
3,414 ft AEG   1 Hour   49 Mns Break
 
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This is first day of a 3 day peakbagging trip to Colorado.

Huron Peak is in the Sawatch Range, and is about 3 miles west of Missouri Mountain and 6 miles south of La Plata Peak.

We did the standard route up the Northwest Slopes, starting and ending at the Clear Creek/South Winfield TH.

It is a dirt road to the TH off of Highway 24, between Leadville and Buena Vista. A high clearance 4WD vehicle is needed to go the last 2 miles to the TH. You could walk those 2 miles, and there is only about 300 feet of elevation gain in the 2 miles, so it wouldn't be all that onerous to walk it. However, after the hike I was glad that we did not have to walk those 2 extra miles, as we were able to get to the 4WD trailhead.

The hike went uphill right off the bat, so there was no warmup. Until you get to the treeline you are hiking in a forest, so there are no real views in this section. The views open up once above the treeline though.

The hike wasn't all THAT hard, but there was a good bit of elevation gain in a relatively short distance. There were quite a few switchbacks which definitely helped.

It was a clear day and the smoke that was in the area in the prior couple of weeks was gone.

This is not a bad hike, but it is not amoung my favorite 14ers of the 17 Colorado 14ers that I have done.
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Aug 09 2019
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34 male
 Joined May 15 2015
 Tucson
Huron Peak, CO 
Huron Peak, CO
 
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jrousoshammondTriplogs 186
Hiking10.63 Miles 3,894 AEG
Hiking10.63 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.89 mph
3,894 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Camped just across the river from the Winfield townsite, right where the road becomes 4wd. This is a great area with plenty of room for camping and an outhouse (not to mention proximity to 5 Fourteeners). I started my hike here, which added about a mile to each end of the hike. There's more camping and a 4wd lot further up the road.

Huron is a great option if you want an easier 14er without having to deal with the sort of crowds you see on Bierstadt, Grays/Torreys, etc. That being said, I still saw plenty of people on the trail on a Friday. The trail has a pretty typical switchbacking approach to treeline, an easy walk across an alpine basin, and then a steep climb up a headwall to reach a saddle northeast of the summit. From that point, the final push to the summit went by pretty quickly.

Great views of the interior of the Sawatch range - Three Apostles to the south, interesting hidden basins, and lots of Fourteeners.
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Jul 24 2018
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66 male
 Joined Mar 01 2009
 Tucson, AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2018
PivoTriplogs 3,826
Hiking7.01 Miles 3,460 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   5 Hrs      2.05 mph
3,460 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
 
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As Colorado 14er’s go, Mt Huron/Huron Peak is one of the more lightly visited peaks. We saw perhaps 30 hikers today, compared to a couple hundred on Elbert last week. This is rated as Class 2, with spectacular views of other ranges in the area.

The road in was a bit rough, however my daughter’s Honda CRV did nicely.
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Jul 20 2016
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2016
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Hiking8.36 Miles 3,563 AEG
Hiking8.36 Miles   6 Hrs   37 Mns   1.59 mph
3,563 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
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This was the second stop of a five day car camping trip I completed with Jackie and the pups following my Colorado Trail hike. I was looking for an "easier" 14er that I could get Jackie and the pups up and this one came highly recomended. We car camped along the road on the way in and enjoyed literally one of the most picturesque sites I have ever camped at. Located in a high mountain valley along the north fork of Clear Creek with snow capped mountains in every direction, it was simply amazing. The only drawback was the flies, never seen them so bad in my life. Almost maddening at times for us and the dogs!

We got a pretty early start, as I thought we would want every extra minute to beat any potential early afternoon storms and I wanted Jackie to be able to go up at her own pace. Jackie did just fine, she was slow and steady, but steady won the day and after some tough moments she was finally standing on the summit with me. Meanwhile, the dogs were literally in heaven. If you have an outdoorsy dog, do it a favor and take it to the tundra at least once in its life. Between squeaking Pikas and barking marmots there are enough sights and sounds to put any dog in sensory overload. I can say for certain that no rodent sized animals were harmed in this trip by the wolf pack, but there may have been some interesting chases.

The summit was absolutely spectacular and one could hardly tell we were standing on such a "diminutive" 14er. There were 360 degree blue bird views of the Collegiate Peaks and so much more. Likewise, we nearly had the summit to ourselves on this weekday morning and only crossed paths with four other hikers while atop the peak. Jackie was stunned by the views and amazed by the elevation. I kept reminding her that it was a small one and still stood a solid 1,500 feet higher than any point in AZ, something she was very proud to hear. Heck just a month ago she was hitting 11,000 feet for the first time and now her and the pups were taking in the views from a 14er!

It was just a great experience overall, being able to take someone up a 14er for the first time and watching my 11 year old Cup stand on one for the first time in her long eventful hiking life. After a very extended stay on the peak, we headed down the trail and enjoyed the nice quick grade all the way back to the TH. An awesome peak and despite its height one of the better ones in the area if you ask me.
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Jul 19 2014
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76 male
 Joined Mar 27 2008
 tucson, az
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2014
rvcarterTriplogs 241
Hiking10.42 Miles 3,779 AEG
Hiking10.42 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   2.09 mph
3,779 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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First recommendation: don't do this hike on a weekend if you can avoid it. There are people everywhere camping and on the trail (and more dogs than you can imagine). The track I posted is from Winfield, which is as far as you can go without 4WD. Stopping there adds nearly 4 miles to the hike, which is only about 6.5 miles from the TH. I was able to hitch a ride back down to my truck, from a nice couple from Boulder.

The road in is about 12 miles, some teeth jarring washboarding on the gravel road, but not difficult.

This is one beautiful hike. Nice trail all the way, forest canopy at the lower part, nice meadow and water flowing in the middle and steep climb (with switchbacks) at the end. Put this on your todo list.
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Jun 29 2014
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 Joined Oct 13 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
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iborregoTriplogs 348
Hiking7.00 Miles 3,576 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.80 mph
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Aug 01 2012
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 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Huron Peak Summit TrailNorthwest, CO
Northwest, CO
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BobPTriplogs 2,615
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,909 AEG
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I wanted to do a hike that started with H and this one fit the bill. Stellar views, great trail and lots of pikas. I met a guy from Prescott and chatted for awhile. Met some nice people at the summit. It poured late in the day after I was done.
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