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 Peak:  Huron Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Matt Lemke
 Date of Information:  12/11/2011
 Date Posted:  12/11/2011
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Climbed Huron Peak from the Winfield TH today. What a fantastic day it was! Not a cloud in the sky and warm with no winds.

I was able to easily drive my 1987 2WD Toyota Camry to Winfield with no problems at all.

Get out there tomorrow while we still have one more nice weather day!

Route was pretty snowy. The 4WD road leading to the wilderness boundary was snowy and we skinned it to the start of the Huron Peak Trail.

We followed snowshoe tracks up the steep slopes through dense trees until they ended (assuming they turned around?). We continued the rest of the way to treeline via a post-holing nightmare. Snowshoes may have helped but since most of the way below treeline was marked by previous snowshoers, we only had about 300 or so vertical feet of post-holing.

Above treeline, in the large valley below Huron there wasn't much snow. Rocky areas were very abundant. No avalanche danger right now. Some nice firm snowfields made easy ascending with microspikes. That being said, one should be comfortable and equipped with basic snow traveling...duh.

Fantastic views!!!

We had the entire area surrounding Winfield to ourselves today. No one else there, no one at the Missouri Gulch TH and no one at the Mt. Hope TH...all day.

Nice weather lasts through tomorrow (Monday) so head there NOW!




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