Huron Peak Route Guide | A Great First 14er
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. This makes it a great choice for your first fourteener – it’s a much better option than the extremely crazy Grays Peak, Quandary Peak, or Mount Bierstadt. 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 Route Guide.
Huron Peak Route Guide Fast Facts
Huron Peak Route Guide - Northwest Slope
The Huron Peak route 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.
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.
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.
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.
Make sure you leave plenty of time left to get back to tree line before afternoon thunderstorms become a significant hazard. I hope you enjoyed my Huron Peak Route Guide!
This topographical map of the Huron Peak routes a must-have for your hike up the peak. I recommend downloading a copy on your phone and printing out a backup paper copy in case anything happens to your electronics along the way. A map can make the difference between a fun, safe climb and a miserable emergency.
It’s a good idea to check the weather several times leading up to your climb as the forecast is constantly changing. It’s also a good idea to check several different sources to get an idea of all the potential predictions. Here are two sources for checking weather along the Huron Peak route.
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.
- Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
- Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
- Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
- Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
- Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
- Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced.
Hiking, scrambling and climbing up Colorado’s high peaks are inherently high-risk, dangerous activities. There is a significant risk of injury or death, even with proper planning and experience. Those using my Huron Peak route guide accept all risks associated with climbing 14ers and do not hold this website or any information they obtain from it liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while engaging in these activities on Colorado’s high peaks. It is each hiker or climber’s responsibility to research their route carefully, bring the ten essentials, and practice other safe practices, though even these precautions do not eliminate risk and danger. Visit these summits at your own risk.
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.