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hhsilleckRoute Climbed: East basin Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Climbed solo starting at 2am for a summit at sunrise - great way to avoid the crowds!
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:30 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: South Winfield TH Date Climbed: July 27, 1996  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

A nice easy warm-up fourteener. A great starter peak with good camping nearby.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 11:45 am

HelgaRoute Climbed: Winfield 4x4 Date Climbed: September 6th, 2003  Sucess!


Magnificent and easy hike! Took on trail at 5:30 with flashlight;( first ever hike in the dark) was at timberline by 6:15 and reached summit by 9:15; Cloudy, some fog, then cleared just above the peak once the summit was reached. Four people on the top, pika, marmot..... Great views of Ice Mountain, Missouri Peak, Oxford, Belford, Harvard, Yale, la Plata, Three Apostles. One very distinct " ruby red " peak in the distant South, somehow West of Yale. Can anyone tell me what that is?

Posted Sep 7, 2003 9:54 pm

jrfRoute Climbed: South Winfield 2WD Trailhead Date Climbed: August 29, 2003  Sucess!


Beautiful easy hike on a great trail. Only about 7 other people on the mountain in total which made it even better. Reached the summit in about 3 1/2 hours from the lower 2wd trailhead. Great weather the whole way.
Posted Aug 30, 2003 7:26 pm

odysseusRoute Climbed: Winfield 4WD TH Date Climbed: July 28, 2003  Sucess!


Drove up to the end of the 4WD road from Winfield. A truly beautiful day, stayed on the summit for about 1 1/2 hours. Well maintained trail.
Posted Aug 7, 2003 8:12 am

GrantRoute Climbed: Lulu Gulch Date Climbed: July 27, 2002  Sucess!


This day I wanted to do two fourteeners in one day so the plan was to do La Plata first then go back down to the trailhead then do Huron.

When I got to Winfield which is the trailhead for both fourteeners La Plata already had clouds lingering around it so I decided to do Huron first via the LuLu Gulch approach which ascends Browns Peak first (13,500’) then a fun ridge walk to Huron then going down the Huron trail.

The way down was pretty uneventful. Back at the car it was about 2:00 the people I was talking to on top were parked right next to me having some beers and lunch. I sat and had a couple of beers with them and talked. I told them that I wanted to do La Plata also, but the clouds were really getting dark and there was no chance that I was going to attempt it. After they left I was sitting in my car to see what the weather was going to do and all of the sudden at about 3:00 o’clock the clouds left the area and it was sunny.

So I went for it. I had about three hours to get to the summit so I would be back at the car by dark. I was really moving passing people on their way down. Once at timberline the clouds were approaching again, and they were building. So at 13,000 feet I sat down and ate a sandwich and waited to see what the weather was going to do. After a half hour the clouds weren’t getting any better and I couldn’t see anyone in the area, I was all alone and I didn’t want to get stuck on the summit in a storm so decided that this was going to be it for the day and went back down.

Posted Jul 31, 2003 10:22 pm

rob_runkleRoute Climbed: Winfield 4x4 TH Date Climbed: July 23, 2003  Sucess!


Nice easy hike. Storm chased us down, but we waited it out...
Posted Jul 30, 2003 7:11 pm

kilimanjaro1Route Climbed: North Ridge from South Winfield TH Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!


I had a cheapie 3 cylinder Daewoo rent car so I started from the South Winfield TH. ( I should have looked under the hood- I didnt even know they made 3 cylinder cars- but thats what they said at the rental agency) A halfway decent car could have made it up the road a bit further. The road hike to the 4WD TH was quite easy and enjoyable as there were many fine scenic vistas and campsites along the way. The climb itself was rather easy and uneventful. We got an early start (6 AM- just after daybreak) so no weather problems. A fun climb!
Posted Jul 29, 2003 6:50 pm

bernardhohmanRoute Climbed: Winfield Direct Date Climbed: May 25, 2003  Sucess!


Sunny and warm with damn soft snow and no snowshoes. Tried skiing down some, but the snow was just too soft for anything meaningful. Nice cornice on summit.
Posted Jul 29, 2003 1:06 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: S. Winfield Date Climbed: 7/4/03  Sucess!

Bryan W

Drove the 4WD road and car camped the night before. I was going to get an early start, but at 5:00 a.m. it was about 35 degrees. Way to cold for me, so I stayed in my nice warm sleeping bag for two more hours. Right at the locked gate the trail splits. Take the one to the left and you will find the register just a few yards down the trail. You switch back through the trees all the way up to about 11,800'. From there I continued through the basin where the trail finally is straight and went through a relatively flat section. At 12,400', the trail started to switchback again and would basically continue to do so all the way to the summit. It took 4 hours, but I finally made it and I did not feel too bad after coming from sea level the day before. It was 72 degrees and no wind. I spent an hour and a half on the summit enjoying the views and meeting others coming up. It was finally time to go and I made it back to the car in 2:15. What a great day and a nice hike. Too bad I just missed the mountain goats that were playing in the snow field at the summit. Other hikers were talking about it on the way down. Huron is a fun peak and I would love to do it again. They should call it Mt. Switchbach, however.
Posted Jul 15, 2003 2:20 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: East Slopes from Rockdale Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


I really have good memory's of Huron. I'm real happy I climbed it from the Rockdale Th. Clohesy Lake is a really cool place. I also enjoyed the "wilderness" feel of this route for Huron is somewhat remote for a 14er. You won't find many people on this route either. Huron will go down in my book as one of my favorite Sawatch 14ers.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:22 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: Winfield direct  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 25, 2003


Made it and tried to ski but the snow was nowhere near compacted enough. Got some glissades in and a short ski run. Buried myself headfirst a few times for my trouble. Cool summit cornice.
Posted May 25, 2003 12:47 am

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Winfield Date Climbed: August 20, 2002  Sucess!


I climbed this one in the fog and missed out on the famous views. A very nice trail.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 4:14 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Cloyses Lake Date Climbed: June 15 2000  Sucess!


Something different. Came up from Cloyses Lake and returned via Winfield. Nice loop.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 1:17 pm

cmccallRoute Climbed: winfield Date Climbed: September 15 2002  Sucess!
Very easy climb the weather was perfect
Posted Oct 2, 2002 2:57 pm

jwclimbsRoute Climbed: Standard (from Winfield TH) Date Climbed: August 17th, 2002  Sucess!


Very nice, easy hike. 2hrs/10min from TH to summit. Mother Nature was gracious, and the views were awesome from the summit.
Posted Aug 28, 2002 4:20 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 20, 2002  Sucess!


Got a late start at 10:10 and made the summit three hours later. Quick easy hike with lots of great views and a very fast descent....only took 2 hours to get down. 16th 14er....38 to go
Posted Jul 20, 2002 9:51 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: Winfield Date Climbed: July 20, 1997  Sucess!


This was my son Troy's first 14'er. He, Patrick, my other son, and I camped at the end of the 4 wheel drive road. We played cards in my explorer since it was raining out side. We left the light on two long and ran down the battary. There was a toyota suv parked just down from us, so we costed down, managed to get to his starter and hooked up jumper cables. Got my explorer started and let it run to charge up the battary. It worked. I'd like to thank the owner of the toyota for the jump. We did it at night when nobody else was around. Oh, by the way we had a great climb the next day. It was cool and overcast all the way. Wonderful views.
Posted Jun 28, 2002 1:42 am

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 30, 2001  Sucess!
What a beautiful hike. I will be repeating this one. Nice easy dirt trial with nice views and the wildflowers were out. Was supposed to go with a friend who cancelled that morning. I was so

disappointed but I went alone and ended up having a wonderful solo climb. Met my husband at the Princeton Hot Springs afterwards. The day was saved after all!
Posted Jun 17, 2002 2:32 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: NW slope standard route Date Climbed: Aug 17 2001  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

4th summit of Nolan's 14. Started at 3:30 AM and hoping to go with Hans Dieter Weisshaar but he wasn't ready and said to go on, and Steve Simmons was several hours behind. Most of the other runners had already traversed Huron during the night but I wanted to do the tricky off-trail east basin descent into Cloises Lake in daylight and figured it would be better to sleep on the first night than the second. Beautiful views of the 3 Apostles from the summit. On to Missouri.
Posted May 17, 2002 4:52 pm

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