Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  08/19/2010
Date Climbed:   08/14/2010
Author:  HarknessHooligans
 Happy day on Huron - Upper 4wd TH  

Starting time: 7:00 am
Summit time: 10:15 am
Descent time: 10:45 am
Ending time: 1:00 pm

Left the N. Denver area around 3:15 am. Got to Leadville by 5:30ish, just in time for the Leadville 100 bike race. If you can avoid this, DO. We were forced to take a detour that put us out about another 20 minutes. We found Windfield with no trouble at all.
Windfield, photo taken on our way back

We were able to take our Subaru Forrester 2004 all the way up the 4WD to the upper trailhead if that helps anyone. The road is not bad if you have descent clearance. I did not bottom out once on the way up.
Subaru Forrester, 4wd road

Started our hike around 7 am. After hiking past the forest you come to an opening into a vally that is surrounded by mountains. This is one of the prettiest valleys I have ever seen on a 14er hike. As soon as you get to this clearing above the trees, Huron pops up into sight with The Three Apostles in the background to the right.
Huron Peak

The Three Apostales in the background

The trail continues past a large rock that we like to call "the shadow rock" because it is great for take goofy pictures.
Charlie's Angels shadow pose

Then you pass by a small pond which is good for skipping rocks across. The trail begins to get a little steeper after this section, but not bad at all.
hiking past the pond

Looking back at the valley, see the 3 hikers on the right

It started to get very cold and windy on our ascent to the top of the ridge. Once you get to the top of this smaller part of the is a great place to stop and rest because it is so much warmer with the wind being blocked.
The warm rest stop

After you continue past this warm spot, this is where the crux of the climb is. It is much steeper and exposed but it is also short. So you are almost there!
crux of the hike

The summit is beautiful. Once of the prettier summits I have been on. The view of The Three Apostles is AMAZING!!! Makes for a great background for your summit shots.
muscle shot

The Three Apostles

Summit shot

Elbert and Massive?????

It was pretty cold and windy today. There were about 20 other people sharing the summit with us at 10:30 in the morning. Everyone we met on this hike was super nice. We also met a very nice hiking group from N. Denver as well and we hope to be able to plan a hiking trip together in the future. Once we got back down to the clearing, it really heated up and we had to zip off our pants!
Zipping off the pants...So Hot!!

This was my 14th 14er and overall I would rate it as being one of my favorites. The scenery was amazing; much prettier than I was expecting it to be. It was a quick trip with awesome views. I would say that Huron is one of those "forgotten peaks". It is a quaint mountain tucked away in the Clear Creek Canyon.

We ended up giving a nice gentleman and his dog a ride back to his trailer since he was parked at the bottom. I say, "if you have the room to offer hikers a ride, why not?"

As a side note...The road on the 4wd is very narrow and is a single track road with few tiny pull-offs to pass oncoming traffic. We encountered a problem on the way back where some JERK, in a vehicle with way more clearance than our car, would not budge on the road. He just starred us down; I took this as a hint that he expected us to be the ones to pull off the road. We should not of had to do this because our car had minimal clearance...But we kindly did anyways. I was even out of the car pushing large rocks out of the way so we could try to pull off the road without hitting bottom. This did not work so well and we ended up getting stuck for a good 15 minutes. The other guy just drove on past and even turned to look to see if we were stuck...He saw that we were and just kept on driving by without offering to help! So me and my other girlfriend ended up pushing the car out after several attempts. I was quite shocked by the way we were treated by this stranger. I found this to be extremely rude and inconsiderate. So just realize that the road is very narrow and very hard to pass vehicles on. Everyone else we passed was very nice and pulled off to let us by. If we had the better clearance...We would have been the ones to pull off. So just keep that in mind when you are traveling this 4wd section.

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 Comments or Questions

08/19/2010 15:21
TR and pictures! Huron is such a fun mountain and I hope your day wasn't tarnished too badly by your encounter with inconsideration. What might seem basic to most of us, apparently isn't accepted by SOME climbers and hikers.


Go Owls!
08/19/2010 17:59
Great report and photos. I assume that is a Rice U. cap your husband has on. Great school


Texas pride
08/19/2010 20:31
Yes! I am from Texas originally and we got to see them play at the College World Series in Omaha, NE where my husband is from. They did great that year.


Charlie's Angels Shadow Shot!
08/19/2010 20:35
Priceless! Sorry some *sshole couldn't grow a brain on the narrow road (I thought you contained yourself very well ... my husband would have had to apologize for my comments to him ... ). Thanks for posting. Happy trails!

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