"Huerfanito"  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead
Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: mikemalick
Info: Snow was not an issue anywhere along the route. Started from the lower 2WD TH as I did the loop with Iron Nipple, Huerfano and "UNNAMED 13555" and used the saddle approach for "Huerfanito". Snow was no issue, but man...that mountain is trash. So much loose rock and descending the scree to continue the loop seemed never-ending. Don't think this is a peak I will ever visit again. 
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Route: from Lily lake TH
Posted On: 2020-07-18, By: SnowAlien
Info: I passed under this peak on the east side back in 2011, not knowing anything about it (we were off route trying to get to Lindsey). Well, it was finally time to stop orphaning Huerfanito. We had a free morning before a short backpack in the afternoon and this peak fit the bill. I haven't been on the road to the TH since May of '15 and it changed quite a bit, and not for the better. The road to the Aspen River ranch is still great and an easy 2WD. After that it definitely gets rougher with a few large potholes and many sharp rocks. Saw another car in the process of changing a flat. I elected to leave my Subi just below the Huerfano 2WD TH, but my partner's bigger truck had no issues with the road to the upper TH although it was a slow going. The hike itself was quick and easy. We took the Lindsey trail to above the treeline and gained the west ridge, which was a little loose, but manageable. The summit ridge doesn't exceed Class 2 and is an easy stroll with great views. We thought of exploring the North ridge features, but it looked loose and unpleasant, so we quickly scree skied on the east side and traversed to the grassy shoulder. It was a pleasant stroll back to the Lindsey trail and the truck. Would definitely combine this peak either with Lindsey or with Huerfano/Iron Nipple to save on the tedious and time consuming drive to the TH. 
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Route: North Face from Mount Lindsey
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: supranihilest
Info: Quite honestly one of the worst routes I have ever done. I wouldn't even bother reading this entire conditions report, finding a different route is simply the better option. From the saddle below Lindsey I took the trail down quite a ways to where it met grassy slopes between Lindsey and "Huerfanito", then went off trail and across the grass and a massive boulderfield. I had originally intended to climb "Huerfanito"'s northwest ridge, and it looked alright (just loose as a goose, probably) since there was an OK looking talus climb to the ridge, then what looked like a scramble up. As I got closer I passed under the north face which was just steep scree/talus and I decided to take a direct route instead. Bad idea. This thing is hideously, heinously, awfully, terribly, horribly, horrendously loose. It looks good since there's some grass on the slope, but nope, I literally crawled on my hands and knees up this stupid peak because of how loose this crap was. I'd take a step and EVERYTHING in a 5-6 foot radius would move. I am not kidding. I'd place weight on a foot and slide backwards three feet. Sometimes it was best to excavate to the hardpan below, then dig a little step into the hardpan, then go up. To say this route was exceptionally tedious and frustrating is a major understatement. Near the top there's a bit of solid rock I used for stability, but it was shortlived and still loose. The summit block itself is, take a guess, totally loose! I scrambled up a short dihedral at Class 3-4, but there was a Class 2 walkup around the backside. Descending the north face was perhaps even worse. I thought I'd be able to scree surf down and probably spent more time on my ass than I did upright, since I was basically the trigger point of small rockalanches all the way down. The mid-sized stuff was the best to descend on. Hardpan, small scree, and talus was awful. Once back on grass at the bottom I breathed a sigh of relief and returned to the trail, thankful that nonsense was over. Someone please take up the personal thermonuclear device you're entitled to as a red blooded American who values your Second Amendment rights and nuke this damn thing off the face of the earth. Once again, definitely do a different route, this one is $110% pure garbage. 
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Route: NW Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-17, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: Aim for the saddle as you leave Lindsey's trail. No snow anywhere on the route. I stayed ridge proper and don't think the difficulty exceeded class 2. 

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