| Gurlz Rule Day 2: Huron with a 13er traverse
Huron Peak (Browns Peak & Pt 13,462)
Route: std East Ridge
Mileage: 5.5 (8.5 for traverse)
Elevation Gain: 3,500' (3,744' for traverse)
Hardcore Seven: guser, Laurabelle, tundratif, JMo, moon stalker, waller19 & me
After a night of keeping warm by the fire and camping out, the second morning dawned just as cold as the previous day. We were also moving just that little bit slower than normal. So after all piling into moon stalker's truck, we made our way to the trailhead, to meet the one gal that had stayed in a hostel. We were quite jealous of her shower, as we were all campfire smoke infused.
The hike through the forest was quite pleasant, and as pretty as I remember it from a decade ago. It was much easier today to keep track of only 7 gurlz, on the numerous switchbacks up the trail, so we could stay in a more cohesive group. Though Laurabelle needed to move at a faster pace, as her La Plata + Missouri of the day before, had her muscles tightening in the cool morning air. So we saw her again on the way down, a few hundred feet below the summit.
The sunrise lighting on the surrounding peaks was quite beautiful, and had us stopping periodically for photos. There was even a bit of fall color in a few trees and along the ground by the trail.
Start of trail
Fall colorful ground covering
Shadow of Huron
Once above treeline, we got the uncluttered view, that makes this one of the more pretty 14er hikes in the area. It's a huge reason why I chose this peak as an option. Many a photo was taken as the sun began to rise behind Huron.
Good morning La Plata!
The morning pano
Sunrise behind Huron
After some delayering, we only had a couple more bumps to hike up, and the sky was still clear.
The flat spot along the trail
Lone flower, does it know that it's fall now?
There were a few more groups hiking the trail this morning, including a couple of boys, who I think tossed some rocks off of a cliff.
It was good that the peak choice today was short and sweet, the majority of gurlz on today's hike had never done 2 peaks 2 days in a row! Yet another great accomplishment! I think all of us were feeling it on that final summit push up the numerous switchbacks. Laurabelle came down from the summit here, warning us of the wind and cold that she couldn't wait through any longer.
On the way up moon stalker and I were spying ways to traverse over to Brown's Peak and Pt 13,462. We wanted to make sure we had a few descent options in case we had to bail or if we were to do a loop.
Up the numerous switchbacks
13ers for later
The remaining push
Up, up, up...
We straggled to the summit, and were happy to be there, despite the growing clouds around us. The sun wasn't warming us as well as yesterday, so we spent only a short time on the summit with a few other hardy souls. Food and photos, were eaten and taken, before everyone wanted to go down and home.
Yay for summit!
6 Gurlz on the summit
With the traverse to do, moon stalker and I take off the summit at a brisk pace. The hardest part of the way over to Brown's Peak, was skirting the first rocky bump on the ridge. Though there are trail segments here and there to help find the best giant rock hopping way through it.
On way to Brown's Peak
Looking back to Huron from Brown's saddle
We were on the summit of Brown's Peak, as the majority of our crew had made it down to the upper saddle. After a quick photo or two on this unranked 13er, we head over to the ranked, yet unnamed Pt 13,462. Funny, as every other 13er bump on the ridge is named, but the ranked one. Once down Brown's, we wouldn't see the other gurlz until the campsite.
On Brown's Peak - what a great view!
The way over to Pt 13,462 is pleasant, easy and fast. On the summit we take a bit more time to enjoy it, as the view of Huron is spectacular.
On the way to 13,462
The view was worth the extra affort!
View from 13,462
There is no distinct trail down to the 4WD mining road below, but we find the best way possible. The scree gully we descend was of the good plunge step quality. After a couple willow-bush wacking events, we were finally on the road, with only numerous switchbacks left to go. Amazingly, we were only 30-40 minutes behind the other gurlz arriving at the campsite. A good thing too, since one forgot her keys in moon stalker's truck at the trailhead!
Our scree gully descent to road
A good view
Still some color out there
Day 1: La Plata Peak
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