Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
PT 13,462  -  13,462 feet
Browns Pk  -  13,523 feet
Middle Mtn B  -  13,060 feet
Post Date:  01/07/2012
Date Climbed:   01/06/2012
Posted By:  piper14er

 Huron Peak Loop     

10 miles
4500 feet +/-
7 1/2 hours with approximately 1 hour spent on peaks and hiking up Pt. 13,518
trail packed by others (thank you) worth a few hours

Unnamed 13,462 a Tri-Centennial ranked at 280

Browns Peak and Middle Mountain B unranked

...filling out the grid... haha (only another 560 or so to go)

Winter 14er

I noticed climbingbiz had posted a report on their attempt to get to the top of Huron and also that Furthermore and Pete had gone down there too so I figured why not benefit from their efforts and a packed trail.

I was able to drive approximately 0.4 tenths of a mile up the road past the 2wd parking

I really was looking at picking up a 13er but decided a packed trail would be better than breaking trail up to Middle Mountain B and then over to 13,462. It added 2 plus miles and another 800 feet but it also added a winter 14er.

It turned out that there was some of the side road off of 390 packed (you can see that going up to the Huron TH) as I came down from Middle Mountain B and that helped also although the top half in the trees was blown in but got better the farther I dropped down.

The road

The first open area

The trailhead

Blue Skies

Dead tree

Bille Jean zoom

Up the slope through the trees

Above treeline looking back where you traverse the flat area on the dark side of Huron

The upper slopes

I zigzaged up the slopes trying to stay in the warm sunlight as it got fairly chilly in the shade

The north ridge

A few tenths of a mile and 500 feet to Huron Peak

The Apostles

The ridge, Pt 13,518 and Browns to 13,462 (middle right)

Black and white picture with black and white dog

"There is something moving under the snow..."

Browns Peak

A look back at Huron

Unnamed 13,462

Sawatch with Middle Mountain B

A look back at 13,462

Unranked Middle Mountain B

A final look back at Huron Peak before dropping down to the trail and the old mine road you see in Image 21

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Congratulations, well done.     01/07/2012 17:57
I am always impressed with anyone that ventures alone on remote peaks in the winter. Well done. Looks your dog had a good time as well!


Well done.     01/08/2012 02:24
I am glad you were able to make good use of our trench.


Great weather!     01/08/2012 04:03
I and Silverlynx were the other two people up there on Huron yesterday. We were wondering who you were! Amazing that snowshoes weren't needed whatsoever. Didn't even feel like winter!


b&w's     01/08/2012 04:18
I like your b&w's, dog included. ;)
The whole area looked much different today. Kind of like b&w -- with all the blowing snow!


b&w     01/08/2012 15:22
thanks maybe only a little remote

the dog was having a good time

Furthermore - too bad I missed the short M,B & O hike

keifer - too bad I did not see you guys would have liked to meet you - always enjoy reading about your many exploits

Darin the b&w's are more dramatic anyway and yes I had a nice day

Chicago Transplant

So that's what it looks like!     01/09/2012 15:40
Thanks for posting, great pictures! We were up with a nice group on Saturday, but didn't really have any views with all the new and blowing snow. Still was a nice day, and we were glad to take advantage of the open road.


timing is everything...     01/09/2012 17:54
I have had days like that too like the day I was on Marble back a year or two ago. There was supposed to be fantastic views of the Crestones and I could not see 50 feet but then there are many days like last Friday where it is perfect.

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