Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Many people say that Huron Peak has the best summit view of all the 14ers. Located deep in the Sawatch Range, it’s just across the valley from the famous Three Apostles, centennial 13ers. It’s a relatively easy hike if you have a 4WD vehicle that can make it up to the upper trailhead. Be sure to enjoy the historic mining town Winfield on your drive in as well. Here’s a good place to start planning your trip, in my Huron Peak Standard Route Guide.

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Huron Peak Fast Facts

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Huron Peak starts off with grand views from the very start. As you start to climb up the slope, you’ll see the Three Apostles rising above you at the end of the valley. As you pop in and out of tree line, enjoy the sight of them reaching into the sky.

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

After a time along the slope, follow a gully more or less straight up the mountain until you reach a large basin. This normally holds snow into early summer, in which case microspikes and trekking poles are helpful. Follow the trail across the basin as you head towards the ramp to the left ahead of you.

Take a left up the next section as you head out of the basin and then wrap back to the right to begin climbing up towards the summit.

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Head into another short section of switchbacks as you climb past a series of rock outcroppings. Aim for the point where the trail meets the ridge below the summit, a great place to stop and check the weather for brewing storms before your final summit push.

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Continue to weave your way up the slope, taking care during snowy and/or rocky sections. As you reach the summit, soak in magnificent mountains spreading out before you in ever direction. I hope you enjoyed my Huron Peak Standard Route Guide!

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Huron Peak Standard Route Guide

Hiking & climbing 14ers is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

  1. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
  2. Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
  3. Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
  4. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
  5. Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
  6. Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced.

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About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.