Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Browns Pk  -  13,523 feet
Date Posted:  09/02/2018
Date Climbed:   08/31/2018
Author:  mickknu16
 Huron - North Ridge from Lulu Gulch   

The Lulu Gulch Trail is the road that veers off to the left of the main road next to a sign saying Huron Peak, 4WD road, and Lake Ann. The same sign appears twice however so make sure to head up the 4WD road a bit, and cross a creek before you will come upon the road junction. This kind of confused me. Once you see this sign for the second time, the road is directly to the left with a few spots to park and maybe one or two to camp (my spot pictured below). I'm not sure why it is called the upper 2WD TH, more like the lower 4WD TH in my opinion. But anyways...

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My doggo and I started from the Lulu Gulch or "Upper 2WD TH" of Huron around 4:45am. Its pretty much a straight shot up the road until a left at this junction.

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A better picture in the daylight of the road junction around 11,400'.

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This is where I left the last switchback around 12,000' just above treeline to head for a more direct route up Brown's. The route description lists two possible ways up to the ridge with some options on summits along the way to Huron. I will review my thoughts on these options later, as I chose option 1 for both directions.

The 14ers route link is here:

Lulu Gulch Route Desc. 14ers

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Heading towards Browns (Left), we hiked straight up the thin green/grassy slope that passes behind the last tall tree on the left.

Its a wicked steep hike off trail straight up, but we got it done and headed straight for the summit of Browns.

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Another morning view arriving at the thin green/grassy point below Browns.

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On the summit of Browns overlooking Huron. There are some great views along this ridge for sure. Option 2 up the switchbacks would provide a way longer and better view of East Huron and the surrounding peaks, and you wouldn't necessarily have to summit Middle Mountain and PT13,462 along the way.

From Browns, its a straight shot across the ridge to link up with the Huron main trail around 13,500'. There is a faint trail that can be followed over there lower or you can hit the ridge, but trail comes and goes so do your best to keep your elevation and make it easy on yourself to link up with the trail at the highest point you can over below Huron's summit. We rocked it out and were the first ones on the summit by 8am.

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Summit Dog

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On my return back down Browns, I came down this mess. After doing Option 1 both ways, I would honestly recommend sticking to the switchbacks Option 2. I feel like it would take the same amount of time, if not be faster given the flat ground and easier to navigate switchbacks as opposed to going straight vertical up that Browns slope. Maybe there's a better path up/down Option 1 than I took, but i'd say its more worth it to go the other way even if you don't want to summit Middle Mountain and PT13,462. No matter the way, its straight vertical gain off trail which can wear on you.

It may seem more direct to go straight to Browns, but unless you are an absolute beast and want a tough challenge or to just skirp around off trail, do yourself a favor and just stick to Option 2 in my opinion.

Seriously a great route up Huron though and really quiet for a Friday of Labor Day! Didn't see a soul in Lulu Gulch and didn't run into anyone until Huron's summit. Hope this report helps, my first one so far. Happy hiking!!

- Mick K. & Maya




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