"Huerfano Peak"  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: mikemalick
Info: Ascended after Iron Nipple summit. Snow was not an issue anywhere along the route. First pic shows Iron Nipple (l) and Huerfano (r). 2nd pic is from Iron Nipple summit with Huerfano showing tallest background right. 
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Route: North Ridge Traverse from UN 13555
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: MC.Ikema
Info: UN 13555 > Huerfano Peak: Reiterating that the first 1/3 of the climb from UN 13555 to Point 13470 seemed Class 2+/Easy Class 3. Point 13470 is the brown band of rocks running through the ridge (image #2). From point 13470 to Huerfano the ridge was Class 3 (possibly Class 4 if you don't take the easiest line). There is a “Stretch of Faith” about halfway through that didn't seem to have a down climb bypass (image #1 & #3). Just whip out your Gumby legs and split ‘em down the middle to cross this crack in the ridge (easier for us 6 foot folks). The entire traverse took me about 1h 45m. Comments on the UN 13555 registry reported 2 hours to make the traverse from Huerfano Peak. 
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Route: Lily/Forgotten
Posted On: 2020-08-12, By: CaptCO
Info: Ascended Lily lake, gained the Lindsey saddle, and crossed the brief knife edge at iron nipple. Tagged Huerfano and then decided to make a loop out of it. Descended “Forgotten Basin” and followed Dutch Creek to the trail split. Little bit of bushwhack and route finding involved but not terrible. Gained the Huerfano trail split, took switchbacks back to the road, and hiked a mile back up the road. 11.5mi 4,400' 
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Route: Ridge from 13,555, ridge to Iron Nipple
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: supranihilest
Info: The ridge from 13,555 to "Huerfano" is quite long, contains a ton of scrambling, mostly Class 2+ but up to Class 3 (and possibly Class 4 if you don't find the easiest line), and is very loose and exposed in spots. It would be too difficult to describe the full ridge but a basic pattern is each notch is Class 3 and the expanses in between are Class 2+. The last 1/3 or so of the ridge is actually pretty solid, mostly Class 2+. Do not underestimate the length and route finding difficulties of this ridge. It took me just a hair over 90 minutes. From "Huerfano" I went over to Iron Nipple instead of taking the south slopes; this consisted of some easy scrambling off the summit and then an easy Class 2 stroll over to Iron Nipple. See my Iron Nipple CR for details of the ascent. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: jladderud
Info: Summer conditions the entire way. The creek crossing at mile 1 is doable without getting wet thanks to some well-placed logs and some balance. 
 
Route: Lindsey-Iron Nipple-Huerfano
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: Corey17
Info: Climbed Mt. Lindsey, Iron Nipple, and "Huerfano Peak" on 6/7. Overall, excellent summer conditions. The first mile has a couple spots where the trail is underwater as usual this time of year. We brought sandals to cross the creek, maybe up to a foot deep. There were a few snow drifts left, but none were big nor problematic and we could walk around all of them. From the upper basin to all 3 summits, it's completely dry. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Normal trail up to Lindsey saddle is mostly summer once you get up to the basin, but there is enough blow down and snow patches in the lower areas to want to be familiar with the route if you are heading up in the dark. Water crossing about 1 mile in is a wade across currently. 
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: Buckie06
Info: Dry, summer conditions. The creek crossing near the trailhead is shin/knee high, there's a log about 100' upstream of the trail that you can butt scoot across, but you'll still get your feet wet. 
 
Route: from lindsey
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: Trotter
Info: Summer conditions 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: brauda02
Info: Hiked up the Huerfano Trail and contoured around the east side of Huerfana. This is a different variation than the route described by Roach. The only snow we encountered was a few hundred yards before treeline. There were a couple of exposed moves right before the summit. 
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Route: West Ridge via Iron Nipple
Posted On: 2020-05-11, By: Randy1983
Info: After a few months of failed attempts, finally got this one. No flotation/traction needed. But micro spikes might be helpful to some. Thank goodness LLTH was open, nice to finally save the extra miles. Forest still has some late day post-holing, but not too bad, typical spring business. Upper route is dry. Looks like Lindsey might still be skiable? Not sure if it would be worth it to haul skis back there for that run though. So glad to see so many others in the area. Met this epic mountain pup named Maverick and had a hummingbird fly within a foot of my face. With how fast it is melting, won't be long 'til the full route is dry. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-13, By: Randy1983
Info: Hiked in to the Huerfano Valley on the 11th. Snow was stable and I cruised through the forest and up to 12,100. Kept snow shoes on from the Lower TH all the way to where I camped. Spent the night in brutal wind and snow. Was testing a new tent so wanted harsh conditions. Woke up to clear skies and made my way up to the saddle between Iron Nipple and Lindsey. After skirting the Nipple and gaining the ridge, I saw a massive change in weather. Strong wind and snow made me turn back about 400' below the summit. Really wish I had had my skis for the way out. Though once back on the valley floor, the snow was absolute trash. Trekking back to the car was some of the worst post-holing EVER. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-04, By: angry
Info: Snow varies from 6 inches to 2 feet from trailhead to saddle. From saddle to summit, route is wind scoured and dry. Didn't use traction or flotation. See trailhead status for road conditions. I had to park ~5 miles below upper th making this 18.6 miles round trip. 
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Route: Via Lindsey
Posted On: 2018-07-22, By: dwoodward13
Info: Summer conditions. From Lindsey saddle, took obvious weakness in first cliff band then contoured to a roughly even elevation weakness in second cliff band, then ridge to summit. Rock between second cliff band and ridge is somewhat loose. Easy to add on "Iron Nipple" either going or coming (we hit it on the way back). 
 
Route: Lindsey-Iron Nipple-Huerfano
Posted On: 2018-06-04, By: Stone Climber
Info: Summer conditions from Lindsey to Iron Nipple to Huerfano Pk. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2018-05-26, By: zdero1
Info: Summer conditions! Also- steam crossing is really low, and there is now a pine tree trunk running across it. Super easy to cross and stay dry. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-10-22, By: Grover
Info: Summitted "Huerfano Peak" w/ CardGenius on Saturday afternoon. This route is in great shape, with very minimal snow to deal with, and none above treeline. The only spot where there is some snow is in the trees, while hiking up the gorge, along the (partly frozen) stream. Brought spikes, but never used them. No snow to deal with from the saddle, past Iron Nipple and up to the summit. Highly recommend this route if you are still looking to get out on a summit. 
 
Route: Lily Lake Trailhead
Posted On: 2017-08-14, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: Entire route is snow free. Skirted across Iron Nipple on the way up, scrambled up Iron Nipple on the way back. Great peak! Absolutely no crowds on the summit. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2017-06-28, By: mattyanderson26
Info: Avoidable snow - summer conditions 
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Route: Still completely dry all the way from TH to summit
Posted On: 2016-10-12, By: RWinters
Info: Still dry conditions all the way from TH to the summit. 

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