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|2016-11-10||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: The 2WD road is dry to its end at Winfield. 4WD vehicles have been reaching the trailhead despite a few ice patches. The Huron trail is mostly clear until about 13,000 feet. Above that, the trail becomes covered with packed snow which is sometimes slippery and sometimes not. Microspikes turned the snow-covered section into a pleasant stroll.
|2016-10-23||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Conditions seemed to be pretty good for mid-late October. It took us a little while to get up, but it never got very cold while we were up there and the wind wasn't terrible either. On the large open area above treeline there wasn't even any wind. There was no snow at all on the trail until well after timberline. I used microspikes for some of the trail but took them off once the terrain started getting very rocky, and it was okay. We reached the summit around 130 or 200pm and there were hardly any clouds in the sky. I only counted a total of 7 people on the trail including myself for the entire hike and we started at 945, so it's pretty empty right now.
|2016-10-20||Route: Northwest slopes
Info: Trail was extremely easy to follow, after about 12,600ft the route was a ribbon of snow and ice. Peak was a little windy but not too bad. Beautiful October conditions.
|2016-10-05||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: 4x4 drive to the forest service closure gate at 10,600 was easy in a Tacoma, an inch or so of snow. Hike up was cold and windy, with a couple of inches of snow on the ground. During the route up, camelback tubes froze. On the route back down, most of the snow was melted below the treeline.
|2016-10-01||Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Info: Made it a little past the 2WD TH in a Subaru Legacy... parked about 0.3mi from the fork in the road to the main 4WD TH and to the left for Lulu Gulch. Lulu Gulch was a gorgeous hike - the road is switchbacks up... Middle Mountain is easy to see with the swithbacks, but we decided to skip that and go off the switchback road to climb up toward Browns Peak. Somehow, we did not follow the arrow in Photo 6 in the route description - we went farther over to the right - do not do this (see photo attached). It is steep, with lots of loose and unsteady rock (which also happened to be icy). We reached the ridge, realized where we were supposed to be, and followed the route. The traverse between Browns Peak and Huron (where the route meets with the standard route, NW slopes), is also full of unsteady rock (photo below). Pick your lines very carefully and test each rock (I think I was below the route in Photo 13). I did not traverse across the ridge, not sure if that would have been better. These rocks were also very icy and slippery. Amazing views of the backside of Huron though! Didn't see another person until meeting up with the standard route. When you meet up with the standard route, it's a nice steep shot up to the summit - took about 20/30 minutes from the trail junction to the summit. There was no snow on any of the route - it was clear. Lots of amazing views of the apostles, La Plata, and more - including the Lulu Gulch route (see photo). Probably the last few days for some gorgeous aspen colors. The road hike/walk down from the 4WD TH to the 2WD TH isn't too bad. We started a little before 7 and with our detour up Browns Peak and some serious scrambling, it took about 3.5/4 hours to summit... half that on the way down. Gorgeous day - sunny, no wind, not too cold. The clouds and rain started coming in early afternoon, but we avoided it. Keep an eye on the sky though - saw a few people heading up too late for comfort.
|2016-09-24||Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Info: Winter has arrived above ~12,000 feet. The lower slopes of this route had about 1/2 an inch of snow in the morning and more was falling above 13,000 feet. Footing was mostly good, though a few sections of the ridge were slick with rime frost and snowfall. I wore boots with some serious tread and only had one or two slips. Spikes would probably not slip at all. It was about 15 degrees and windy up to 13,500 feet, then calm and cold to the top. Lots of colorful aspens down in Missouri Gulch too.
|2016-09-10||Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Info: Great Weather on 9/10/2016 and 9/11/2016. No rain. Temperature dropped to twenties at night. Our water bottles outside the tents were completely frozen at night on 9/9. The weather was relatively warmer the next day.
|2016-08-10||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: The road from Winfield to the trail head is fairly rough. There was a Subaru wagon in the parking lot as well as a BMW SUV.... Depart trail-head at 8:00 am and summit at 11:00. Several groups in front us and several after us! Clouds started building about 10:00 but by noon had fallen apart. Shared the Summit with several out of state climbers including us. Lunch on the summit was great. No snow on trail and the last 300' is now pretty well marked. Back at trail-head by 1:30 Water to filter available on several areas of the trail before you hit the last 1000' of trail.
|2016-07-15||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: I made it to the 4WD trailhead in my Subaru Outback, though it was not a particularly fun drive. I saw one other Subaru up there. Everything else was a "real" 4WD truck. There is lots of dispersed camping near the trailhead and along the road. Most of the trail is in excellent condition except for one muddy spot toward the beginning that can be easily circumvented. The last half mile or so is quite challenging because it's steep and unmaintained, so that part is slow going on the ascent and descent. If you're using Gerry Roach's Colorado Fourteeners book, be advised that the information he provides about the round-trip mileage for this route is incorrect. The book says it's 4.6 miles round-trip, but it's actually 7 miles. I'm not sure how to explain that mistake, because the sign at the trailhead clearly says it's 3.5 miles to Huron. Anyway, the wildflowers are in full bloom, and we saw lots of marmots and pikas. No goats, but plenty of signs that they're around.
|2016-07-15||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Peak is dry as a bone. No snow or other impediments to the summit.
|2016-07-08||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: 4wd road was mostly dry (other than the small streams) with minimal mud, and was passable in my Crosstrek. The hike was perfect with complete summer conditions and no snow on the trail.
|2016-07-05||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Beautiful hike! The weather briefly turned at the summit, but improved within the first 20 minutes of descent. Route conditions are ideal.
|2016-07-04||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Didn't climb Huron but was on 13er Browns Peak and had a good look at the upper, standard route...
|2016-07-03||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Complete summer conditions. Trail was a bit muddy with some standing water in places from the recent rain and the summit had a dusting of snow early this morning when I was up there. Lot of people up there today.
|2016-06-18||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Expect summer trail conditions. Very minimal easily avoidable snow in the basin. Some water runoff along the trail above treeline. It was frozen early in the morning, but you can walk around it.
|2016-06-15||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: 4WD road to trailhead is clear and dry with the exception of one minor patch of mud. The weather has been hot and dry and the snow is melting fast. The beginning of the trail is dry with no signs of snow under treeline. Above treeline there are patches of snow that are mostly avoidable all the way to the summit. The only unavoidable snow patch is crossing the basin. With how slushy and minimal it is, I expect it might be gone by the weekend. The basin was wet and marshy from the melted snow -- I ended up with wet feet. The switchbacks up to the summit are dry and (with the exception of a couple corners, that are easy to cut) clear of snow. I reached the summit late, 1pm, and there were no clouds in sight. Beautiful day for a hike!
|2016-06-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: 4wd road is clear of snow and minimal mud. Summer conditions (aka 0 snow) all the way to tree line. The big basin has 2-3 feet of snow still in it that even at 7:00am you would fall through - expect to post hole but it's not more than 75 total yards of a push. Micro spikes or snowshoes won't help - it's just caving in. Started at 430am, summitted at 8:00am. Easy hike down. Switchbacks up to the summit have pretty sporadic but serious patches of snow and ice crossing the trail. Great to glissade down, but tricky to hike up. Only boots are necessary, just be careful. Peak has some snow but nothing to worry about - great weather today to summit Huron!
|2016-06-12||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Perfect weather day on Huron today! We were a little worried last night because it seemed to rain all night at our campsite before the 4WD road but cleared up by morning. Started at 6:15, summited at 10, and back to the car by 12:45. Like previously stated, the trail is great until the basin area with the snow field. In the morning we made it accross on the hard pack/icy snow with few post holes; however, the way down was pretty miserable. Both ends of the snow field are misleading because you can still walk on the snow but the middle area is all postholing and slushy water. I would recommend staying to the south of the snow (close to Huron) where there are rocks because the postholing was not worth it. I imagine having snowshoes would've helped for that section but I still saw some snow shoe postholes and you don't need them anywhere else.
|2016-06-11||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: For the majority of the route, it is clear of snow or it can be avoided. The exception is once you hit the flat basin just above treeline. We didn't have snowshoes but it would have been nice to avoid the post holing in that area. In the morning crossing it around seven, it wasn't too bad but coming back over it around 9-10, it took a lot longer. Microspikes aren't necessary but could be helpful on a couple crossings. Other then that, it was an awesome and wonderful day climbing Huron.
|2016-06-05||Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Info: Patchy snow throughout the approach. The swichbacks up Middle Mtn are dry except for the corners. The ridge was patchy also. Taking our spikes on qnd off became a bit tedious. Snow didnt get a good freeze so post holing from early in the morning is expexted. Snow in the basin of Huron was very soft by 10:30 and was post holing with snow shoes.