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2013-06-23  Northwest Slopes  Route is in great shape. water is flowing well at 12,300 too. mtn_nut   2013-06-23  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  Southwest Slopes  No snow issues on the southwest slopes. The trail was fairly easy to follow. At one point I lost the trail and unnecessarily crossed the creek. If you find yourself crossing the creek (not to be confused w/ easy stream crossings) head left uphill. Gets harder to follow as you approach the cairned boulder field, but once you come out of the forest, the cairns are quite obvious. psycholoco   2013-06-18  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  Northwest Slopes  Huron is open for summer business. There are only a couple of 20-30‘ patches of snow left in the snowfield that can easily be avoided. A little windy, but a great day. The first river crossing also didn‘t give us any troubles. sheller   2013-06-16  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-02  Northwest Slopes  The route starts of great all the way to the stream crossing. Once there, you may end up getting some wet feet as the water level of the stream is pretty high (especially in the afternoon on the return trip). From there, you will cross a few minor snow patches all the way up to the basin on the north side of Huron. Once in the basin, there is a large snow field that is nice and firm in the morning, but turns into post hole city by 11. The ridge up to the summit is a mix of snow patches and rock. The trail is pretty well snowed over but was able to be followed. The summit block has a lot of snow and I was unable to find the summit marker. There are several snow fields that I was able to glissade on the way back, but I have a feeling these snow fields will be melting fast. I did not use any flotation or microspikes. Flotation might be nice in the snow field in the basic, and microspikes might help in the upper snow fields, but I didn‘t feel they were necessary. michaelgrundy   2013-06-03  0  2    Edit Delete 
2013-01-26  Std  Poaching a Huron Snowflake. Wanted to check out Huron since the road to Winfield was passable. Wasn‘t sure if there was still a trench from last week‘s group, so I went without any expectations of making the summit. Parked at Winfield and headed up the road about 7:45 (late start for me). Someone had driven to the summer TH, so I was able to walk the vehicle tracks on the road. Some icy sections make me wonder how they managed to drive back there. At the summer TH, was pleasantly surprised to see a solid trench. I don‘t think I would have made treeline w/o the trench (thanks a million to the group that set the trench). The trench religiously followed the summer route. No snowshoes required except for the back half of the basin where floatation is appreciated. The upper slopes were pretty dry and pretty easy to stay on the summer trail. Nice snowy ridge up to the summit from the saddle. Beautiful day, about 25 degrees with no wind. There were some clouds that blocked views on Missouri. Summit at 12:15. Started snowing a bit on the hike down (after 2pm). Back to the car about 3:15. Glad to make it back to the highway (that would be an expensive tow from Winfield). Cheers. Yikes   2013-01-26  0  1    
2013-01-18  Northwest Slopes  Was able to reach Winfield in a Subaru. Bigger 4x4 can make it another 0.2 miles, but that‘s about it. Bootbacked trail to summer TH and snowshoe trail after that. Kept snowshoes to about 13k which allowed to minimize postholing in the upper basin. nkan02   2013-01-18 4     Edit Delete 
2012-11-18  Northwest Slopes  My sister and I attempted Huron on Sunday under beautiful conditions alternating between snow and sun. From the trailhead to treeline the trail was semi-boot packed with 2-4 inches of snow. Above treeline the trail was mostly covered with 4-6 inches with larger drifts up to a foot in places. Although we didn‘t make it to the top, another group of hikers told us the very top was much the same and no need for an ice axe. We wore micro spikes all day and would have had trouble without them. mollykay   2012-11-19 4  1  Edit Delete 
2012-10-27  Northwest Slopes  The trail was fairly easy to follow for most of the hike. There was about 2" of snow below treeline. Above treeline there is a few inches of snow on the switchback that were shielded from the wind. The other 1/2 of the switchbacks have been blown mostly clear. I had gaiters with me but never encountered anything deep enough to warrant putting them on. Microspikes were helpful and were worn for a majority of the day. Our chances of summitting would have been greatly impaired without them. The snow was melting down low as we were descending, but there was enough shade I would expect some of it to remain for a few more days. cory1223oh   2012-10-28 3  3    Edit Delete 
2012-10-20  Northwest Slopes  Very little snow on the peak itself. N Ridge has soft packed/packed/icy conditions the last 500‘ and spikes are helpful, some slight exposure just before the summit that an axe in your hand may make you feel more comfortable if exposure bothers you. MtnClimber82   2012-10-20  0  1  Edit Delete 
2012-10-08  Northwest Slopes  There are some melted sections above treeline now, but not so many that spikes aren‘t useful. I was glad to have mine although my friend and many other people summitted without them. Top 500 feet is still almost solid ice and snow on the trail. bhess86   2012-10-09  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-06  Northwest Slopes  Trail below treeline has spotty snow sections, getting increasingly frequent the higher you go. Once above treeline, you are in snow all the way to the summit, although its not very deep (3-4 inches). Microspikes definitely helpful for the last 500 feet. Muskie5280   2012-10-07  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-01  Northwest Slopes  Snow on the upper 800‘ but still easily hiked in summer shoes. Wentzl   2012-10-03 1       
2012-06-24  Northwest Slopes  I take my 2wd up many rough roads, but didn‘t want to risk it on this road. Hiking the road was extremely easy though! There is one section of the 4wd road (pictured) that had a couple inches of water flowing over it, which we easily walked around without getting wet. The trail is in good shape and dry except for tiny trickles running across which you can easily step over. I didn‘t do a trip report, but did document the trip in my crew‘s latest video episode, so if you want to see mountain skateboarding, wildlife, and better views of the trail and scenery, check it out here (note there is a short intro before the Huron Peak footage starts) http://acstoke.com/New-Action-Sports-Videos.html#episode24 shredcrazy   2012-07-08 4     Edit Delete 
2012-06-09  Standard  Trail is completely dry. No special equipment needed. mountain_man   2012-06-10 1       
2012-06-01  Northwest Slopes  The 12-mile stretch of dirt road from U.S. 24 to Winfield is washboarded, but otherwise fine. The 2.1 mile 4WD road from the lower to the upper trailhead is in decent shape. Clearance is probably more important than 4WD...there are 2-3 places where high-centering could be an issue W/O good clearance. Otherwise it is fine; no snow, trees, mud, etc. The trail is in great shape up through trees. In the flat grassy area above treeline, prior to gaining the ridge, there is some snow and it is the postholy variety. However, you can serpentine a bit if you like and avoid most of it. Plus, there is not that much to begin with. Higher up, nearing the summit, there is a bit of mud and it is a little slippery in places but it‘s not that bad. This is a great hike and this seems like a good time to go. scrambling   2012-06-01  0     Edit Delete 
2012-05-19  Northwest Slopes  4WD road is clear all the way to the upper trailhead. The trail has some snowy parts but we didn‘t have any problems, only minor postholing in a few spots. We hiked early in the morning so the snow was still hard. Microspikes weren‘t necessary but may be helpful in places. csmith   2012-05-19  0     Edit Delete 
2012-04-21  Northwest Slopes  The road is dry and passable by 2wd cars up until the 4x4 road. I think only the most highly modified 4x4s could make it up the 4wd road and still probably not very far due to the snow drifts. The trail is snow on and off. Unfortunately snowshoes were difficult to use due to the inconsistent snow conditions. Above tree line snowshoes might be handy in the future when the snow is soft enough due to the continuous fields. Today however snowshoes were not "necessary" as each step only caused an inch or so sink to occur. Trekking poles or an axe would come in handy as would microspikes. ColoradoLawDobe   2012-04-21 1     Edit Delete 
2012-04-01  Northwest Slopes  Road is dry to the Oxford/Belford/Missouri trailhead. After that there are only small spots of snow until about 1.5 miles short of Winfield. There is a drift across the road that higher clearance cars wont have much trouble with since a few trucks have driven through it. Lower clearance cars will scrape for sure, especially in the morning when the snow is hard. There is a second snow pile about the same size 100 yards before winfield. The parking lot just past winfield is mostly clear. I tried to keep driving past there and quickly got stuck. Walking the 4wd road is easy in the morning, but slushy and muddy in the afternoon. I broke a trail from the upper 4wd trail head to tree line staying on top of the snow half the time and post-holing the other half. Snow was knee to waist deep, though I sank in to my chest a few times. Above treeline there is one more snowfield to cross before you get on the peak proper, and snowshoes are needed in the afternoon but not morning. From there the route is clear with just patches of snow. No spikes or axes needed on the upper route. From treeline back to the trail head I post-holed almost the whole way in wet slushy snow. Getting through the trees was pretty miserable going both ways, but the upper part of the route is in great condition. Avalanche danger is non-existent unless you manage to trigger something in the trees. I started hiking around 6:30 and was back to the car before 2pm Pictures are of the upper part of the route. climbingbiz   2012-04-01 2     Edit Delete 
2012-02-04  standard  DannyG23 and I put in a trench on Huron this weekend so go get it while the pickings are good!! I was able to drive my Toyota Tacoma with bald tires to within 1.75 miles of the Winfield turnoff. Avy danger is pretty minimal on the standard route but we definetly heard our share of whoomfs. I swear to you people, we whoomfed on the valley floor and caused an avy about 400 vert above us...craziest thing I have ever seen!! I know it sounds really contradictory that I said avy danger is minimal but it really is, it was just a freak occurance. The picture you see of the avy is literally where we were standing when we triggered it. FireOnTheMountain   2012-02-06 3  6 1    
2012-01-04  Northwest Slopes  Climbed from Winfield on January 4, 2012. There is a good trail the whole was. No snowshoes, ax or crampons were required. Nelson   2012-01-06  0     Edit Delete 

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