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.
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.
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.
Nice easy hike. Storm chased us down, but we waited it out...
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!
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.
I climbed this one in the fog and missed out on the famous views. A very nice trail.
Something different. Came up from Cloyses Lake and returned via Winfield. Nice loop.
Very easy climb the weather was perfect
Very nice, easy hike. 2hrs/10min from TH to summit. Mother Nature was gracious, and the views were awesome from the summit.
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
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!
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.
With my buddy on a purely gorgeous fall day. The Colorado 14er Initiative did a wonderful job.
Evening summit, summated just at nightfall, cold and windy
Pretty easy climb with gorgeous views on a perfect day.
I have climbed this easy less popular route twice.
The new Huron Trail was a great trail and the summit gave a great view of many 14ers.
Beautiful hike as it climbs up the valley and finishes on some good switchbacks to a wonderful view!