Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  09/28/2009
Modified:  09/30/2009
Date Climbed:   07/28/2009
Author:  14ercbear
 huron bomber-trail  

we woke up at two and drove out, parking the van at the beggining of the huron road. It was a bad road so we didnt even try driving the 1985 dodge ram down it. We took the three mile hike to the trailhead, and took about an hour 20 minutes to do so. The terrain was pretty flat. It was about 5:30 when we reached the trailhead. There were two trails. The one to your left will be huron.

At the beggining you run into switchbacks and they carry you to treeline. About halfway to treeline you find a magnificent view of the three apostles. WE weren't sure what they were at first, but they were amazing. I wish I had a picture of them, but I don't have a camera, so i don't.

After treeline it's flat for a minute. It doesn't take long till you reach the steepest part which comes right after the flat stuff. You hike up to the top of a ridge. Until this point I wasn't noticing the breathing difficulties. Once i got here I had to push myself a lot more, but i'll tell you that it pays off. The hike to the ridge is very steep, and it doesn't get any better. But when you're up on the ridge you are closer than you might think. It will take about 30-45 minutes to reach the summit. Once there we were in a cloud but there were still some great views especially of la plata.

On the way down we looked at the marmots and even chased one for a bit. javascript:emoticon('')(I know, kind of dumb, could have rabies, but it was a good time, and we were really tired.) I was overjoyed when we reached treeline. WE took the switchbacks and followed the trail all the way down.

The three flat miles to the van after the trail were a bit of a tease and frustrated me but I made it out fine, obviously. The breathing was noticeably easier, and I had a sense of self satisfaction, and of course a desire to sleep. I got in the van, put on camp shoes, and drove away. In case your wondering I slept from 7:00 pm to 9:00 am.

Its a great trail. Also reccomending a start before 6:00 a.m. and before 5:30 if you really want a good 30 minute break at the top. Huron was one of the more difficult class 1 trails. Its not something you want to try as your first if your unsure about your abilities. Stick to sherman, democrat, bierdstadt, etc. for that. But Huron isn't to tough because i'm 11 and did it as my second 14er. Not to mention I live in massachusetts. Its not a piece of cake, but its not to hard.

 Comments or Questions

09/28/2009 19:52
Thinking about this one for Saturday. How were the snow conditions on the trail today?


answer to SNOW?
09/28/2009 19:58
Sorry i climbed in july. They werent bad, only a little around the top of the saddle to the summit. Not much snow, just a few patches at the top of the saddle, and a few around the summit. Doubt theres much more now though. I say you should go, cool trail, not that tough

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