Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Jul 17, 2006
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer

Huron in July

I had read that Huron was a busy hike on the weekends, so i planned on doing it on a monday. i camped at the winfield campground, which was surprisingly busy. It seems this is a popular 4x4 area. The road to the campground is a little rough ( i have a ford focus) but very do-able. The campground was very quiet once the 4x4s all came in for the night. I was less than 100 feet from the river and its calming sounds led me to a good night's sleep.
I woke up around 5:30. I drove the 1/4 mile to the trailhead and hit the trail about 5:50. The first two miles were an easy walk along the river. Once i hit the trailhead, it became more inclined, and there were many switchbacks before i hit timberline.
Once above timberline it was an easy hike to a pool that marked the approximate halfway point. A steep staircase and several sandy switchbacks guarded the route to the summit ridge. This ridge took much less time than i had thought. It' steep, but not as long or hard as it looks. I summited at 9:00 in perfect weather.
Soon after i reached the top, two other groups joined me. We were able to point out many other 14ers (including la plata, elbert, massive, and harvard) i think we saw the maroon bells, snowmass, and capitol in the distance to the west, but correct me if i'm wrong. since the weather was good, i lounged at the top for over an hour.
the descent was fairly easy. the upper 500 feet is fairly sandy and slippery and i nearly broke a tailbone once or twice. Once i hit treeline at 11:00 the thunderstorms began to roll in. I hit the beginning of the trailhead at about 11:30. The 2 mile hike from the beginning of the trail for 2wd cars seemed so easy at the beginning of the hike, but now it seemed to drag on forever.
overall, huron was one of the easier 14ers i have done, but the view from the top made it worth it. it is located in prime 14er country and you can see many other huge peaks from the top. i can't wait til i'm back in the collegiate peaks wilderness and i get to attempt some of the other peaks i saw from the top.


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