Great day in the mountains with Alan, Shari, Nora and most importantly, my son JP. It was his first 14er and he did it in grand style. As always, I am very proud of him.
Started at the bottom of the 4WD road (there is no way on earth that my car could make it up that road). This is an "easy"14'er that I did with Spencer the Mountain Dog (his 8th 14'er summit, 9th 14'er attempt). I was surprised that we had the summit to ourselves on a pleasant Sunday in August. About 5:25 round trip from the car (4:10 from the "real" trailhead) on the most beautifully maintained trail- this would be perfect for a trail run if I was in a bit better shape!.
Quick and easy hike. Fun.
This was the easiest of the four 14er I hiked in the Sawatch Range this week. Number 12 on the 14er list. Summited with my hiking cousin, Shane and Trent. Somebody should have been taking tickets on top. There were 17 bodies on the summit.
I'm not sure what I was happier about, summiting Mt Huron in two hours or not having to drive down Chaffee 390 in order to get to another 14er! This was an easy and very fun hike. I would recommend it to anyone!
Be sure to stay right at all turns as you drive the 4WD trail from Winthrop. Ascent from 4WD closure. Dry all the way to the top. Amazing views of Ice Mtn -- there's a tantalizing couliour leading to the tippy-top over there....
I started out from Winfield on the North Ridge route (route 12.2 in Roach's guidebook), but instead of going east into Lulu Gulch, I continued south into the Banker Mine drainage, for my Trails Illustrated map shows a primitive trail continuing on to the main Huron Peak trail. What a mistake! The jeep trail peters out, so I had to climb directly up the hill and over to Browns Peak. Then I traversed over to Huron and then headed back down via the standard route. It was a very tiring day, but what the hell, it builds character and all that.
Another nice CFI. Very mellow 14er in my opinion.
Started from the 4WD closure - took only 1hr 40min to make the summit. Mostly snow free above treeline, although there is a long crossing of a snowfield that softens up quite a bit during the day. Got to do a nice glissade down one of the upper snowfields though -that was a lot of fun! The Apostles looked stunning (and very snow - covered!)
In near white out conditions, we somehow (and don't ask me how) ended up making a big arc around the other side of Brown's (ON a ridge, explain that one) and ended up summitting another 13er. The other 13er was similar in height as Brown's so, we shrugged, called it good, and headed over to Huron. Then in the still near white-out conditions, with a few high winds thrown in, we summitted Huron. Views were nonexistent, but it was still pretty awesome. Snowed most of the way down, saw an elk and a few other forest creatures. All in all a great day,...confusing, but a great day!
Easy climb....summited in two hours
Oops! Be sure you know your directions when looking at pictures of mountains so as to summit the right one first...
While taking a "breather" just above the saddle between Huron & Browns (next to Huron), I noticed Roache's picture of Huron... and then thought I was next to Brown's.... I didn't really care to "bag" Brown's, so I headed over to what I thought was Huron.... Yeah, I bagged Brown's, then headed BACK over to bag Huron (Huron's summit can not be seen until you reach the top). Oh well! 2 summit's in a day, not half bad.
Great climb. Fast pace, started in late afternoon. One of the closest lightening situations I've been in. Kind of thought the thunderstorms weren't gonna come that day, since I had blue sky at 3:30pm when I started! Beautiful country.
Some snow up high.
The view from this summit is one of the most spectacular from a Colorado 14er, you can see much of the Sawatch Range as well as the far away Elk Range
Took a friend up on his first 14er. A nice, short, steep one, if I recall correctly (I hope I recall correctly, as it's all I recall about this one).
2nd 14er. Tons of fun!
My favorite 14er. This route had a beautiful view the entire way.