Start: 6:25 AM from South Winfield
Middle Mountain 13,060': 8:43 AM
Point 13,462': 9:25 AM
Browns Peak 13,523': 9:53 AM
Huron Peak 14,003': 11:02 AM
Depart Summit: 11:30 AM
Back at car: 1:39 PM
Total Time: 7 hours, 14 minutes
Total Distance: 10.65 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 4,284'
Hiking Partners - Ascent: FACE, Billy Idol and Billy Joel. Descent: Andrea Bocelli and Nat King Cole
Parked at the South Winfield TH and hiked up the 4WD road to about 10,390' where I headed off to the left on another 4WD road making up the start of the North Ridge route.
Taken along the North Ridge route with Point 12,622' on the left and Middle Mountain on the right.
A little shy of Lulu Gulch stream crossover showing all the switchbacks ending at Point 12,622'
On Point 12,622 looking down on Winfield
I met up with a guy heading down from Point 12,622' that has a cabin in Winfield. Every 4th of July he would head up and place a flag in honor of someone and then take it down over the Labor Day weekend, fold it up and send it off to the family members of the person it was honoring. This year he blew out his knee and wasn't able to place the flag on the 4th. He finally healed up enough to drive his ATV up the switchbacks to about 12,140' and hike the rest of the way on 9/4 with the plan of leaving the flag there for a month. The unfortunate part of this year's ritual was due to the person it was honoring. His father-in-law passed away this year after 14 years of COPD and supplemental oxygen. Flag atop Pt 12,622' with Winfield below and 13er Ervin Peak above Winfield. La Plata Peak can be seen in the left background and high 13er Mount Hope to the right.
Taken from Point 12,622' looking towards my next destination...Middle Mountain. You can see the switchbacks I ascended leading up to the saddle in center and then off to the right.
From 13,060' Middle Mountain looking towards Pt 13,462' centered and Browns Peak to the right. Huron can now be seen just to the left of Browns in the background.
Getting close to Pt 13,462'.
Clohesy Lake from Pt 13,462'. 14er Missouri Mountain on the left of photo connecting to 13ers Iowa and Emerald Peaks. In the saddle between Missouri and Iowa is, I believe, 14er Mt Harvard off in the distance.
My remaining route from Pt 13,462'...Browns Peak, connecting ridge and then Huron.
Atop 13,523' Browns Peak looking down Lulu Gulch. The switchbacks I made my way up are obvious to the right.
Switchbacks to Pt 12,622' where the flag was on the left and then ridgeline up to Middle Mountain.
Remaining route from Browns Peak showing Pt 13,518' and then Huron. I pretty much stayed on the ridge or just right of the ridge all the way to joining up with Huron's Northwest Slopes route.
Showing Pt 13,518' along my ridgeline route.
Showing Pt 13,518' and Huron to the right.
Looking up the Huron final ascent after I joined up with the NW Slopes route around 13,470'.
Summit of Huron looking back at my ridgeline route off to the right. Browns Pk can be seen in the middle right along with 13ers Ervin Pk and Mount Hope. 14er La PLata Peak center left in background.
The Three Apostles as seen from summit of Huron.
Huron Peak looking easterly showing Missouri Mtn center left and 13ers Iowa and Emerald Peaks. 14ers Mount Harvard and Mount Columbia in the background.
Huron summit looking southwest-ish towards Lake Ann. A sliver of Taylor Park Reservoir can be seen background right.
Starting off Huron with good shot showing my ascent route. Middle Mountain can be seen past the saddle. Connects to Pt 13,462' up to Browns Pk, across ridgeline to Pt 13,518' joining with Huron's NW Slopes route.
Back at treeline descending Huron NW slopes looking up Clear Creek South Fork valley towards The Three Apostles.