Huron Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-20, By: charvey515
Info: Road to the 4WD trailhead was snow free. Summer conditions up to the final 300' where some ice hard packed ice was covering the trail. Careful foot placement mitigated the ice. Up and down in 4 hours with a 30 minute break at the top. Winds were sustained at about 15mph with some 25mph gusts. 
 
Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Posted On: 2020-10-18, By: jerseybrian
Info: Route completely dry up to the final section that links to the standard route. There is a little ice in a few sections that's completely avoidable. Brought spikes but not needed. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-09, By: Beas
Info: Route is dry up to the final 300', where the freeze-thaw cycle has caused ice to cover parts of the trail. Spikes would help in this section, but careful foot placement was enough for me. The photo shows footprints off to the left, but the trail meanders near the ridge on the right side. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: SaraReardon-9
Info: Route starts getting muddy around 10:00am during last 2 miles. Bring good spikes for the summit push, people were slipping around on steep terrain without them. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: ReenerCO
Info: My daughter left her hiking pole behind on our way down today, somewhere between the tarn and tree line. If anyone happens to see it and pick it up, hopefully I can find a way to get it from you. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: Stephaniejo37
Info: Some snow and ice on the ridge and up the rocky portion below the peak. Did it without micro spikes but was wishing I had them, especially on the way down. Poles were really handy. Very windy from the ridge to the top of the peak but once on the peak it was much nicer. Glad I had gloves, a hat and a jacket. The peak was free of snow/ice. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-27, By: Animo
Info: Trail clear until the last 200' Then snow/ice conditions made it more challenging. Brought Trek poles which were very helpful on the descent with balance. Forgot to bring gloves and wished I had. Very windy on the descent which made it more difficult than usual as wind gusts would blow you to the side as making a step. Beautiful views on top, but still hazy from wildfires. Saw a Mountain Goat 1/3 of the way down. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Snow free until last 200' gain? Went up without spikes fine. Could have gone down without and been ok but figured I'd carried them so put them on to make life easier. Quite a few people didn't have them and did just fine. Some mud but nothing extreme. Beautiful colors in the basin! Great trail, and CFI was doing some fabulous trail work around 12k 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: KDinCO
Info: TAKE SPIKES!!! Despite recent condition reports, I was surprised by just how much snow the Northwest slopes route was still holding, and I don't see it melting out enough anytime soon. Several groups were attempting without spikes on the ascent and it was slow going and dicey. We held off for as long as we could, thinking conditions would improve, but we saved time and aggravation by just putting them on. On our descent the ground had melted and mud was now an issue so we continued to wear spikes to give extra traction on that too. All those that didn't bring/wear spikes today wished they had. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: Almost13ranch
Info: Spikes were useful on the last 300' or so of vertical gain. Areas below that were muddy coming down above the meadow. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: Mitsugi
Info: Pretty easy. Good conditions. Muddy, some snow on top but not much. Spikes were very helpful. 
 
Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: joemcglinchy
Info: Trail is try til you get to turn off with 4wd road that takes you up middle mountain; that option is dry. Going direct up to browns peak has occasional snow but nothing of consequence, didn't need spikes in the morning. We topped out on browns around 10am. Ridge over to huron is spotty with snow, but talus fields beneath Ridgeline are holding snow. Link up with huron standard route was starting to get slushy and spikes were helpful up and down until the trail dried out around 13k feet. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-19, By: tdurty
Info: Trail is dry until you're just out of the basin. Continuous snow from just after 13,000' on. I summited early and was down before the sun hit any of the snow, so it was solid/icy for me on ascent and descent. There is a solid trail through the snow, so no route finding needed. No postholing. I didn't wear spikes on the way up but did on the way down. Poles would also work. There are a few sections that were quite icy and steep, if you're nervous about your footing or mild exposure, recommend just wearing spikes the whole time once you reach the snow. Otherwise a beautiful day. Definitely marked haze from the wildfires, but didn't seem to affect me physically. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: Mountainmippy
Info: Got on trail at 6 AM. No snow until your past the staircases on the way out of the basin. Someone had blazed the trail 1-2 days before so we were able to follow the switchbacks until the last 1/4 mile up to the summit. We used someone's post holes and didn't sink any deeper. Had microspikes but didn't need until the way down. Poles definitely recommended. Spent an hour at the summit and descended around 10:30, snow was still hard near the top but getting real muddy on the switchbacks. Haze from fires was present but not too bad. Gorgeous day, we absolutely loved it. This is one I will do again! The view is spectacular. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-17, By: lesliegb6720
Info: Trail is mostly clear up to the Basin. Once above the basin, trail is packed with snow. Most hikers have taken just a direct route up to the saddle, packing out the snow, not following he trail route. Snow was up to a foot deep in places., trekking poles and micro spikes highly recommended. From the saddle to the summit, first 300 feet is mostly clear following the direct route up the scree. After that, route is mostly ice and snow. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: tlgold1990
Info: Trail through treeline clear. Didn't need microspikes until out of the basin. The trail is no where to be found with the snow after a while. Right now it's pick your own route. Postholed a bunch. 
 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: pbabeu
Info: I drove my stock Jeep Wrangler to the 4WD trailhead on a dry road. Hard packed snow on the trail in the trees is frozen & slippery in the early morning & micro-spikes make a positive difference. Once out of the trees, the trail is bare & dry on south-facing slopes; however, about 90% of the route remains snow-packed. Don't forget trekking poles, SUNGLASSES & sunscreen. Several people were without sunglasses today and even declined my offer to give them an extra pair when I warned them about snow-blindness. Clear sky today and the mountains are so beautiful with the early snow. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-07, By: Marshall
Info: Trail is all good all the way to the top. The road is in good condition too. The only issue was all the smoke, but it wasn't worse than the rest of the state. 
 
Route: Southwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-02, By: rsuminsby
Info: Ascended the standard NW slopes route, but came down the SW slopes route. A very nice variation...the views of Apostle Basin are spectacular. Stick to the ridge until you get close to the saddle, and then pay attention to your GPX file and map. The bushwhacking through the trees was a bit daunting, but not bad. Worth the trip. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-28, By: Mojokram17
Info: Dry, easy going, well-maintained trail. Smoke was not an issue for me at all. Up and down in around 5 hours including an hour at the top. Made it to upper trailhead with a Mazda CX-5 GT (8.5 inches of clearance). Would NOT recommend anything with less than 8 inches of clearance even after the road was smoothed over by bulldozer. 

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