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 Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
 Post Date:  05/28/2007
 Date Climbed:   05/27/2007
 Posted By:  spaceman

 Huron Summit - North Ridge   

We got an early start to the trailhead from Denver. We were able to drive most of the way down the 4wd road from the trailhead when we reached a spot that looked impassable in my truck. We parked in a pulloff and started our hike about 1/2 mile from the actual trailhead. Once we started hiking and it was light out, we realized that we would have been able to get passed that spot all the way to the trailhead, oh well, it‘s good an easy walk to the trailhead from there.

After signing in at the register, we started up the switchbacks through the trees. As we got higher, there were scatted snowpatches on the trail the were easy to get across, the gators helped a little. We were traveling pretty slowly up to the basin. Once there there was a large snowfield that filled the basin that we had to walk across to get the headwall. The snow was hard enough that we were able to walk right across on top.

We then headed up the headwall and crossed the snow field in the gully. From here, the trail switched back and forth up to the summit, but there were several spots were we lost the trail and just headed straight up to the summit until we crossed the trail again. The snow was hard enough to walk on, but soft enough that we didn‘t need to pull out our crampons. We reached the summit and took a short break. There was very little if any wind, except for a few good breezes once in a while. After rejuvenating on the summit for 15-30 minutes, we decided it was time to head back down. We decided that the snow was soft enough to glissade and decided to glissade down the large snowfield that was next to the trail.

We made our way over to the top of the snowfield where we passed about 3 pairs of climbers heading up. We glissade down to the basin and then had an uneventful hike out to the trailhead. The snow had softened up a little and there were a few areas that we postholed, but mostly it was not an issue.

Pictures are posted at hiking.troyjan.com

Enjoy

 


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