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|2016-06-04||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: All the snow is super-soft with the current heat. Trail is mostly clear of snow for the first 500' of elevation. Probably around 11,000' you start hitting some snow, including major drifts that obscure some switchbacks. We actually lost the trail for a bit, but eventually found it again. Snow vanishes for a bit right as you pop above the treeline. The basin is still full of snow, which is super soft in spots. We got a late start, so it was pretty rough both up and down. I did flatten out a path through a couple of extra squishy sections on the way up with snowshoes. On the way down, even that part offered a few fresh post holes. Snowshoes post holed in the basin, and even got stuck a couple of times (Also... my first time ever using them, so quite possibly user error!). So yes, super soft. The rest of the trail goes in and out of snow, which is also pretty squishy and post hole prone, but not as bad as the middle of the basin, and the far edge of the basin right before you climb.
|2016-05-30||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: From the 2WD trailhead at Winfield to the 4WD trailhead the road is mostly clear of snow and easily walkable. From the 4WD trailhead to perhaps half a mile up the trail is mostly clear of snow. From there to treeline snow covers large portions of the trail and makes it difficult to stay on the trail itself. Numerous postholes through said snow should lead the way until the trail is clear, which may be as early as this week with warm weather coming in. The snow up to this point is mostly poor quality facets and is prone to punching through to the waist. From treeline to the summit the vast majority of the trail is covered in snow, most of which was solid though again, warm weather may make this a sloppy mess sooner rather than later.
|2016-05-30||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Below Timberline, except for the trailhead area, is a NIGHTMARE OF POST-HOLING. Bring snowshoes. Above timberline, starts off with a little bit of dirt trail, then 90% snow afterward. No sign of avalanches. I did a huge 1000'+ glissade on the way down. Bring your axe! Crampons optional. Microspikes highly recommended. I did not use anything until the last 500', way above the ridgeline. I put on crampons but would have been fine with spikes. 4WD road is open for business! My Silverado 1500 scraped once on the way up and once on the way back. Whoops.
|2016-05-28||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: We climbed from the Northwest Slopes. The 4wd road is totally accessible without much difficulty or snow cover all the way to the TH. Chaffee Co 390 Road is dry and easy to drive on with a low clearance vehicle - no major wash outs or holes. The hike itself took us several hours. We spent a lot of time post holing throughout the trees on the way up to treeline and it was difficult to find the trail which meant creating our own a lot of the time. It was basically either a perfectly dry dirt trail - or deep snow and in some spots by the afternoon, mud. Once above tree line it was gorgeous, warm, snow covered all the way to the top of the mountain. Trail is also hidden by snow for almost the entire time above tree line. A large cornice sits on the summit to the left and requires close contact with exposure to walk to the side of it to make the summit. Microspikes are absolutely essential if you don't want to lug snow shoes up as the snow is slick and slushy. Snowshoes are needed for the trees due to the post holing and deep snow (waist deep). Some of us wish we'd have brought our snow shoes up to the summit, but we stashed them below and switched to spikes. A younger solo guy was following behind us at the start of the trail and he turned back due to not having snow shoes when he saw how much postholing would be required. After 12pm the snow got slushy and messy. The sun was out in full force and it was a very warm day!
|2016-05-22||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Climbed and skiied the Northwest Slopes of Huron Sunday. I was able to pick my way down the North face skiing but it is extremely wind scoured and I wouldn't recommend it. East slopes looked much better. Ascent took about 4 hours. Parked 1/4 from Winfield before snowdrifts blocked road.
|2016-05-21||Route: East Slopes
Info: Creek was about 12" deep at Rockdale and easy to cross in an FJ Cruiser. A few big rocks that require a 4x4 are present along the road to Clohesy Lake. We could drive 1.5 out of the 3 miles to Clohesy Lake, crossing a few snow drifts about 12" deep on the way until we started hitting more snow drifts 2-3 feet deep and had to stop. I assume the snow has melted a bit since then and you'll be able to drive a bit further. Patches of snow were present to about 1/2 mile from Clohesy Lake at a big opening where snow became continuous. From the big opening with a sign along the road, you can decide to take a skin track to the right through the trees (poor option) or continue along the road (better option). Better to go around left (east) side of lake to get to the gully up to Lois Lake. Continuous snow from Clohesy Lake to the summit. Had to bootpack the steep part right before Lois Lake (wish I had ski crampons) and then from the Huron-Browns saddle to the summit. Saw some wet slide debris in the wider, lookers left branch at the bottom of the NE couloir on the way up. Saw tracks down the NE couloir from the summit which was our intended ski line, but we decided to ski north along the ridge back to the Huron-Browns saddle. When we crossed back underneath the couloir, the debris field was MUCH larger and it must have slid while we were on the summit, sometime between 9am and 10:30am. Glad we didn't ski it when we saw that. Rollerballs up to 3 feet in diameter. If you plan on skiing that line, do it before 9am since the sun hits it first thing in the morning and the snow must get hot fast with all the rocks surrounding the line. Started at 5:15am, summit around 10am, back to car at 1:15pm. 8 hours RT with lots of breaks.
|2016-05-14||Route: East Slopes
Info: Water levels are not at the peak, so we made the crossing at Rockdale in a stock 4x4. Snow drifts block the road soon thereafter. Dry patches alternate with snowdrifts almost to the lake. Lake is still snow covered, but thawing process is underway. Skinned up the gully to Lois lake and all the way to the saddle with Browns. Booting from there to the summit. At least 2 more ski parties on the peak yesterday. Skied NE couloir on East face back to Clohesy lake. Dropped in before 10am, slightly late, but snow was holding up fine, a bit on the heavy side. Some old avy debris on the apron. Steep and aesthetic line. ~8 hr RT with 4 am start.
|2016-05-14||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Road dry and passable for any vehicle to the 2WD site. Intermittent snow on the 4WD road preventing vehicular travel. It's probably several more weeks until it is all gone. Huron was in incredible form, and the surrounding mountains, particularly the three apostles, were absolutely stunning. Get an early start. The warm sun melts the snow creating mashed potatoes and wallowing even with snowshoes. Glissading down any face of Huron seems possible, and the snow is very consolidated with no avy indications. North gully is the exception and somewhat powdery still. Getting through the deep snow in the the trees will be your largest obstacle, particularly on an afternoon return. It is absolutely miserable with no effective method of locomation, with or sans snowshoes. Fortunately the section is small, but you will remember it. The rest of the mountain will support your snowshoes transport fine. A beautiful but windy day.
|2016-04-02||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Chaffee County Rd 390 was driveable with 4WD to Sheep Gulch TH at ~ 9.8K ft, just about 9.5 miles from the US 24 turnoff. But, beyond that, got abruptly worse. One small SUV was abandoned a few hundred feet passed, apparently trapped in the snow awaiting melt out. From there, the road/trail was fully snow-covered -- but compacted/snowmobile-compressed -- until about a half mile past Winfield. Snowshoes became an absolute must about a half mile before Banker Mine, where light post-holing began. From there, pristine snow (no trace of tracks or trench) for the rest of the route (though we left our trench beginnings for you!). Deep snow beginning at South Clear Creek TH. We took a steeper, more east-oriented line than the summer trail, and it was very difficult post-holing through the trees. Was a warm day, so where the top crust softened at all, a few feet of sugar waited beneath to make things extra challenging. Above timberline, snowshoes still an absolute must up until about 13.3K ft, where a thinner layer of snow filled gaps between larger rocks/talus. So from there to the top, either microspikes, good boots, or maybe crampons (depending on preference/style) were the ticket. Very large cornice over NE face to admire, right before summit. Low avalanche danger on NW slopes due to consolidation and slope, so pleasant plunge-stepping or glissading back to down to ~ 12.8K, then re-requiring snowshoes and a return to super post-holing, but at least with gravity assist thereafter.
|2016-03-13||Route: NW slopes DIRECT
Info: Parked at MO Gulch TH, However you can drive about a half mile past this point Sled track through Winfield all the way to about 1/4 mile below the upper TH where a skin track picks up Since there was no trench from the from the main TH, I followed the skin track (Lake Ann trail) for about a half mile where it turns around From there it was Brutal trench busting straight up the drainage to treeline (a thin layer of crust on top of knee to waist deep sugar) Snowshoes were also used in the upper basin to 12.8K, from there it is mostly windswept but a long talus hop to the top Good Luck! This was a tuff one...
|2015-10-04||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Trail was still in great condition. No snow until I got to the final climb on the peak‘s face, and even then it was just some really small patches. Tiny bit of ice but plenty of room to step around it. Most of the aspens have already lost their leaves, but there was still plenty of yellow left. Near freezing and very windy on the peak so bring layers!
|2015-09-21||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Weather man called for 0% chance of rain today, it was gorgeous out there today! Aspens starting to change color, fall is coming! Started at 7:15AM, made summit around 9:40AM. Whole hike took 4.5 hours. No snow anywhere close to trail. Several couples coming up as I was descending, a great day for a late start to a hike though.
|2015-09-16||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Huron Peak makes number 45 this summer for climbing fourteeners. My goal is to climb them all before the weather gets too bad. You can read more about this hike, other hikes, and my personal story at sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! Time started: 12:05pm End time: 3:30pm Time to Summit: 2 hours Time to Descent: 1 hour and 15 minutes Overall Pace: 1.8 miles per hour GEAR (to bring): GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack (64 oz), snacks. Road Condition: My Saturn sedan made it all the way to the upper 4WD trailhead. However, I did bottom out a couple times, but my car is okay! Trail Condition: It had just rained the previous two nights, but the trail was only damp. 99% free of mud. There was also a little bit of snow collecting in the last 500 feet of elevation. The trail is easy to follow and is a series of switchbacks the entire way. It was a nice, easy hike. However, it was windy and cold.
|2015-09-05||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: The road in was more potholed than the previous week due to rain in the early morning, but a 2WD car could still make it to at least the lower trailhead and, if you took it slow, probably very close to the upper trailhead as well. The hike itself was very quick, only took me 3 1/2 hours to get up and down, granted I ran a lot of the way down. Trial is in perfect condition with not snow or weather around except some cold gusty winds about 500 feet below the summit. Definitely one of the easier ones I‘ve done.
|2015-08-15||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: We camped out Friday night just a few miles from the trailhead off 390. We drove further down the road in the morning but reached a really steep rocky point in the road that was a little too rough for me to be comfortable driving through with my Rav4 so we parked just a little beyond the sign that says "4WD road to Huron Peak". We hiked from there maybe about 1.5 miles to the trailhead and the rest of the road looked fine beyond the one rough spot. When you come to the fork in the road make sure to stay right. You‘ll see a small lot with cars and know you‘re in the right place after about 15 minutes of walking from the fork. The hike itself was beautiful and not too busy, we started from the trailhead at 7:45, reached the peak at 10:30 and were back down to the base at 12:45. There were tons of people with really late starts as the storm clouds started rolling in and we were rained on just as we reached the base. Such a fun hike and a great weekend escape.
|2015-07-18||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: The trail was in unbelievably good condition. A near perfect trail up to about 13,500‘ when it becomes more rocky. Still a great trail just a little more improvising and less trail. We started the hike at 3:00 a.m., did the whole hike in the dark and did not have an ounce of trouble.
|2015-07-11||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Summer conditions. Some good water still in the wet meadow areas. Do the alpine a favor and walk in the mud. Lots of evidence of people choosing their boots over the fragile environment (cutting switchbacks, dodging mud puddles, etc...) Lots of wildflowers right now, bring your camera!
|2015-07-11||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Trail completely snow free to the summit. Very dry as well, minimal mud/wet spots. Go Get it!
|2015-07-04||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: No snow on the trail, no special gear required. Upper section of trail has running water down it with some mud, about 12,500-13,000. Can‘t be avoided without damaging area around trail. Nothing hiking boots can‘t handle. Offroad trail was fine, just a small stream crossing at the start. My friend took his 2006 Subaru Outback up it and I took my 2001 Nissan Pathfinder (crappy shocks) - both were fine. Pics and more info at link: https://everythingoutdoorscolorado.wordpress.com/2015/07/05/huron-peak/
|2015-07-03||Route: Northwest Slopes
Info: Great conditions up there. A bit of snow in several patches, but nothing really on the trail. The creek crossings do run a bit high in the afternoon due to snow melt, and there is a bit of mud and running water on the trail, but as long as you have good tread on your boots you‘ll be fine.