Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  06/27/2011
Date Climbed:   06/25/2011
Author:  mountainMAMA

 Bluebird day on Huron-snow conditions  

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This is a trip report about the standard route on Huron.

Sorry there are no photos to view, but I wanted to report on Huron's conditions and the overall wonderful hiking experience we had because we started early enough. We hit the trail at 6:30AM, but the earlier the better because of the snow in the basin.

This was my second time on Huron, my first time this early in the season. The road was totally manageable with our 4WD jeep. Really it is the clearance that is most important--we did not put it into 4WD very much but there are a couple of nasty dips in the road.

The trail through the woods is 99% clear of any snow. The only snow there is is the flat snowfield in the basin, about 300 yards to cross. It is totally passable if you are hiking early enough as you can walk right on top of it without sinking (it will be frozen). My husband is 220lbs and was wearing our backpack and he did not sink. IT WAS VERY EASY TO PASS.

Once through this, the trail picks back up on the hill, and it is very easy to follow the rest of the way up (dry all the way to the summit). We had nothing than our trekking poles and hiking boots (no snowshoes needed). On the way back down, the snow in the basin was softer and we sank in a couple of times each, but overall, it was easy to pass using the packed-down footprints of other hikers.

There is a decent trail through the snowfield. Especially when coming down and the conditions are softer, take a minute to spot it before embarking in it and blazing your own trail. It will save you trouble. When coming down from the summit look at the basin from above and you will see the footpath clearly.

We probably crossed the snowfield at 7:30/8am on the way up and 10:30ish on the way down. Hope you enjoy a beautiful hike on Huron.


 Comments or Questions

thank you
06/28/2011 18:51
Thanks for the update. planning on going this weekend and this was VERY helpful! Now I know I won't have to carry snowshoes and get them for everyone

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