Ascent of Huron Peak on 2017-08-26

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Hannah Jones and Cam Carpenter
Date:Saturday, August 26, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Huron Peak
    Elevation:14003 ft / 4268 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove to Winfield then slept in car at standard campsite just to the left of the "downtown" In morning we got up and left around 4:30 AM and drove up the best we can could up the 4 wheel drive road but at the first very deep rut in the dark we backed out and pulled over and hiked up the rest of the way. We cut some of the 2 mile slog up the 4 wheel drive road by a bit probably made it closer to 1.7 mile hike.

The new trail from the end of the 4 wheel road is easy to follow. The switchbacks finally gets up into the sub-alpine and into a neat little tarn. Once you penetrate the headwall there is some steep class 1 switchbacks but pretty stable material. The class 2 is typical class 2 and not too bad up the through the talus. The trail is very clear. The summit has great views of the 3 apostles. It was crowded at the top. The early start got us most of the way up with much solitude but later in the hike the mountain became a highway of hikers and the solitude was gone.

Hannah parked it at the saddle on the way down and allowed me and Cam to go grab some extra credit and go hike Browns Peak.

Notes about the 4 wheel drive road. Most of it can be driven easily by a AWD high clearance vehicle like a Subaru. Most of the vehicles that made it the end are true high clearance 4x4 like trucks and jeeps. Some AWD SUVs made it too. The worst area was where the creek crosses the road. There are deep ruts and some high rocks. We watched SUVs bottom out here and scrape there undersides. My rental SUV would have struggled here. This is around 0.4 to 0.5 miles into the 4 wheel drive 2 mile road. After that the road is easier. Finally, there is excellent camping spots along the road all the way up the 2 mile end. For 4x4 and high clearance vehicles that can venture further up the road there is a lot of parking and camping spots.

This was Hannah and Cams first 14er. They did very well. Cam in particular acclimated better and faster than anyone I can remember. He had never been above 12k before but he was running up Brown's peak!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4003 ft / 1220 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4003 ft / 1220 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+, and 2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
45 to 65F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3878 ft / 1182 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3753 ft / 1144 m; Extra: 125 ft / 38m
    Loss on way in:125 ft / 38 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:4 wheel drive road to standard colorado trial NW s
    Start Trailhead:Along Road where becomes 4 wheel   10250 ft / 3124 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3878 ft / 1182 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 3753 ft / 1144 m; Extra: 125 ft / 38m
    Gain on way out:125 ft / 38 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    End Trailhead:10250 ft / 3124 m

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