Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  07/01/2018
Modified:  02/10/2021
Date Climbed:   06/30/2018
Author:  overthe59hill
 My 9th 14er - Huron Peak   

I summited my ninth Colorado 14er on Saturday, June 30, 2018. I started at the upper trailhead, off the rugged 4WD road, which is not as rugged but lots longer than the 4WD road from Winfield to La Plata Peak.

The trailhead sign says Huron Peak is 3.5 miles up, or 7.0 miles round-trip. I didn't properly use my phone's MapMyHike app that day, so I don't have an accurate distance recorded, and will go by what the sign says. I started the hike at 7:00 am.

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Me at the summit of my 10th Colorado 14er - Huron Peak. 06/30/2018.

This was a fundraiser event for the Alzheimer's Association. I wore my "The Longest Day" Alzheimer's event tee shirt. There were almost 30 people hiking up Huron Peak for this cause on that day. I didn't know any of them before the hike, but got acquainted with a few of them along the way.

My Alzheimer's fundraising page: http://act.alz.org/site/TR?fr_id=10935&pg=personal&px=14560792

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Huron Peak as seen from the meadow.

A couple of ladies in the Ascending Alzheimer's group walked with me for the first couple of miles. I started to slow down as we began the gradual climb out of the meadow, and that's about where we lost track of one another. I still hiked with one of the guys from the group until I eventually overtook him. He did make it to the summit. We all have to take our own pace.

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Two women with the Ascending Alzheimer's group who hiked with me for a while.

This hike was probably the prettiest 14er I have done so far. The trail was beautiful as it started in the refreshing forest and then meandered through the alpine meadow, then presented successful peak baggers with a splendid view at the top. It's not really a complicated hike, as far as boulders to climb over, etc. The trail is clear all the way. The gravel can be slick going down, which is one reason I was glad to have trekking poles.

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A rest stop along the way.

Of course, there were a lot of other people hiking the mountain on this sunny Saturday morning who were not in our group. Someone noted that Huron Peak is a pleasant hike, as 14ers are concerned. Another remarked that there is no such thing as an "easy" 14er. I said, "If it were easy, everybody would do it." Then I pointed out the crowds on the trail and added, "But it looks like everybody IS doing it!" A few chuckled.

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Beginning to ascend up the ridge to the summit.

The meadow between the forested area and the steep ridge is breath-taking. I saw one marmot quickly dart behind some bushes on my way back down.

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Me in front of Huron Peak.

I would not be surprised if hikers spot moose in or near the pond. I did not see moose, nor did I see goats or any other large mammals, just the one marmot and a few pika. The whistling we heard continuously as we walked through the tundra could have been from pika or marmots.

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Columbines in the alpine meadow.

Other than Columbines, there was Indian Paintbrush and other wildflowers showing off all over the meadow and up the rocks, creating the effect of blossoming terraces.

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What a pretty trail, on a very pretty day.

At one point on the ascent where several people were sitting along the trail, I too felt ready again to relieve my burdened legs. So I sat on a little mound and said, "This looks like the bus station." I think I heard one chuckle at that one. Maybe I should have said, "Does anyone know when the bus arrives?"

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Getting so close we could almost spit on the peak.

I reached the top at 11:00 am, and joined about 30 or 40 others milling around taking pictures and eating lunch. I ate half my lunch, took a panorama video on my phone, got my souvenir summit pictures, and left the summit at 11:15.

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An "after" photo, taken when I returned to the trailhead.

I got back to the parking lot at 1:30 pm. I took 4 hours to summit, and 2 & 1/4 hours to return to the trailhead. Counting my time on top, the hike was 6 & 1/2 hours total.




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Comments or Questions
Boomer68
Weekday
07/02/2018 06:19
I did this hike a few weeks ago. So glad I did it on a Tuesday. There were only about 15 people on the mountain that day! It is a great hike though.


overthe59hill

Fridays
07/02/2018 07:29
I do most of mine on Fridays, but this event was on a Saturday. It was still very enjoyable!


Grant

Nice
07/02/2018 11:50
Great job.....overthehill Keep it up...â¦â¦.


overthe59hill

Thanks!
07/02/2018 12:22
I appreciate it!


Hikeslikesloth
4WD Road?
07/03/2018 06:04
Great job on your 10th!
You mentioned the 4WD road wasnât as rugged as you expected? I am debating on whether or not to drive all the way to the trail head. What is the road like? Are there camping spots near the trailhead?
Thanks!


overthe59hill

Road to Huron TH
07/03/2018 14:39
The Clear Creek/South Winfield Trailhead is rated class "3" per the .com, so it isn't as bad as a 4, but pretty rutty and bumpy in spots. 4WD needed, and go slow, but nothing really radical along the way. Yes, there are several camping spots along the road.

Here's the link:
Clear Creek/South Winfield Trailhead


Moffattrobert
4WD Road
07/07/2018 19:46
Thanks for the great post, congrats on #10! Do you mind if I ask what type of vehicle you took up the 4WD road? Just trying to see if ours will make it.

Thanks!


overthe59hill

4WD
07/07/2018 20:02
Nissan Frontier

Thank you!



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