| Huron Peak from Clear Creek
Overview: camped near Clear Creek, hiked Huron Peak the next day (Monday). One of the easier 14ers to hike, with a nice forest section early on. No drama, saw four other groups on the trail, and we beat the weather.
Two buddies and I drove in on Sunday afternoon on County Road 390. After Winfield, the road is not bad, not even 4WD, at the BEGINNING and the END near the trailhead, but the MIDDLE third part was a little rough. We were in a Ford Escape, were cautious, and had no real problem. An Xterra or a Jeep would hardly have noticed. Anyhoo, there are a couple of decent spots to camp even along the rough stretch, and we took one of those for Sunday night.
This is what "40% chance of thunderstorms" looks like late in the afternoon.
The next morning, we hiked the remainder of the road…
…and found there were even more, better campsites close to the trailhead.
This trail has a good long stretch in the trees right after the trailhead, and the forest was cool and damp. We started about 7 am, and the trail is west of the mountain, so we hiked in shadow for a good while but got scenes like this.
Pretty soon we hiked out into the sunlight, and got into the basin. The basin is dotted with these white boulders.
Because the ground of the basin is pretty flat, we ended up hiking back into the shadow of Huron, then hiking up out of the shadow into a second sunrise.
Huron Peak doesn't have much in the way of dramatic ground; these cliffs were the most interesting relief we saw on the mountain.
Here's a shot of the basin seen from above, looking back down the trail.
Brown Mountain, to the north of Huron Peak.
The trail got steeper.
9:30 am and already the cumulus were getting big enough to cast shadows like this one…we knew that a 40% chance of thunderstorms might mean they would start earlier than usual.
Just below the summit, the trail is certainly Class 2, and the rock is a little loose in a few spots, but this stretch is short.
Made the summit at 10 or so. The summit itself is unremarkable, average-sized, rock dirt with a few boulders sticking out. However, we did see some goats in the distance.
Plus, we had a good view of the Three Apostles.
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