Huron Peak Trip ReportI can see for miles and miles, to quote the greatest rock group of all time. The mid-sixties hit for The Who best describes what we saw when we reached the summit of Huron Peak in the Sawatch Range of Colorado.
With the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly still lingering in central Colorado, we really weren't sure what to expect on the day we were to hike up the mountain. Throughout the week the forecast kept changing from sunny, to isolated showers, to scattered showers. We took our chances anyway and climbed on Friday, August 1.
Fortunately we were rewarded with an absolutely glorious day. I didn't notice any clouds in the sky until well past noon - at least a full hour after we began our descent from the summit.
Since we had a 2-wheel drive passenger car we had to start our hike from Winfield. No big deal. The hike up to the actual trailhead was beautiful. In fact, the entire trail was spectacular. This was our third 14er. Both my wife and I agreed that the views from Huron were superior (sorry, I couldn't resist the temptation to reference another Great Lake) to the views from Elbert and Shavano.
Additionally, the trail was easy to follow and was in great shape. The only section of trail that we had any problems on was on the last quarter of a mile to the summit. The trail here was predominately dirt which made travel up and down this section a little slippery. From what I understand, this portion of trail climbs about 550 feet - making this a 20% incline. Although this section of trail is very steep, there is very little exposure to any dangerous drop-offs. The summit itself provides plenty of room for several people to eat a lunch and shoot pictures.
One last thing I wanted to mention was that we saw a fair amount of wildflowers along the trail. Just another added bonus for hiking this mountain.
Below are a few pictures from the summit.