Wow, that 4wd road between Winfield and the signed trailhead is an adventure! What a blast. Anyway, the trail proper starts out gentle for a half mile and then must average a 25 degree incline or so after that. The trail is a marvel of sound trail construction. By far the best steep trail I have ever had the pleasure to climb. It will remain in great shape for decades if not longer, except for the very top, which has some stretches of very shallow and slippery scree. The views are quite impressive for a Sawatch 14er and the hike is divided into 3 or 4 unique and distinct sections that keep it interesting.
Spectacular views of the Apostles, fun route-finding on descent, saw a mountain lion during off-trail traverse back to trail
Got the 4WD parking at 10,600 ft. on the same day that I did La Plata. The sky was clear so I went late and was on the summit at around 7 pm and back down around 9:15.
Great views from the summit even though I got snowed on a little bit.
Took a few first timers for my 72nd trip to 14k. Nice day and good views in the Apostle basin. Saw lots of goats on the south ridge.
Nice hike, great scenery. Hiked with Jason Kelley.
Reclimbed standard route with my boys, Nicholas and Benjamin August 1, 2014. Great day, a little drizzly, even a few flakes on top. Not bad for August!
A leisurely climb with the family: my wife Suzanne (#11 for her), daughter Trish (#16), granddaughter Amber (#4), and grandson Ted. Ted's first fourteener. A surprisingly beautiful summit, and not really very crowded for an August Sunday! Grapple fell, but we had glorious sunshine on the summit.
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.