Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2006
Date Climbed:   07/29/2006
Author:  chrisrh57
 Huron on July 29th - from Winfield  

I started this hike at 5:50am from the 2WD parking near Winfield, which added mileage each way to this hike. It took me roughly 40 minutes to get to the actual 4WD TH (where I noticed the sign (photo Image) referred to Mt. Huron instead of Huron Peak - any ideas?), and then about 2:45 to summit. The meadow (photo Image) at about 12,000 feet was filled with wildflowers and a nice creek. After the basin, there were several areas where nice work had been completed to make rock steps (photo Image). The last 600‘ to the summit is fairly rocky, and the trail is eroded at a number of points (photo Image)

I was able to spend a good 2 hours on the summit (it was quite crowded - maybe 40 people at one time), and with a map/compass we easily identified Mt. Elbert, Massive, La Plata, Missouri, Belford (we think Oxford was blocked by Belford!), Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, and Antero. We could not agree on Shavano or Tabeguache. The 3 apostles were splendid - I am guessing Ice Mountain is a class 3 route? The hike down was badly eroded in quite a few places during the first 600‘ of descent - and I saw many people sliding on their butts at various times. The descent took me about 1.5 hrs to the 4WD trailhead, and an additonal 35 minutes to get back to my car in the 2WD lot. There were two sites at which mountain goats were observed sunning themselves, the best viewing was at the saddle between Huron and Browns looking up and southeast, at the northern face of Huron Peak.

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