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 Peak:  Huron Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  climbingbiz
 Date of Information:  04/01/2012
 Date Posted:  04/01/2012
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Road is dry to the Oxford/Belford/Missouri trailhead. After that there are only small spots of snow until about 1.5 miles short of Winfield. There is a drift across the road that higher clearance cars wont have much trouble with since a few trucks have driven through it. Lower clearance cars will scrape for sure, especially in the morning when the snow is hard. There is a second snow pile about the same size 100 yards before winfield. The parking lot just past winfield is mostly clear. I tried to keep driving past there and quickly got stuck.

Walking the 4wd road is easy in the morning, but slushy and muddy in the afternoon. I broke a trail from the upper 4wd trail head to tree line staying on top of the snow half the time and post-holing the other half. Snow was knee to waist deep, though I sank in to my chest a few times.

Above treeline there is one more snowfield to cross before you get on the peak proper, and snowshoes are needed in the afternoon but not morning. From there the route is clear with just patches of snow. No spikes or axes needed on the upper route.

From treeline back to the trail head I post-holed almost the whole way in wet slushy snow. Getting through the trees was pretty miserable going both ways, but the upper part of the route is in great condition. Avalanche danger is non-existent unless you manage to trigger something in the trees.

I started hiking around 6:30 and was back to the car before 2pm

Pictures are of the upper part of the route.



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