Huron Peak (14,003′)

Huron Peak (14,003′)

Huron Peak is known as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Sawatch Range of Colorado. It is the most remote peak in the range, and offers views of wilderness in every direction.

StatsRoute DescriptionDirectionsNotes
  • Trailhead:         Clear Creek
  • Round trip:        6.5 miles / 10.5 km
  • Elevation:          10,560′-14,003′  (+ 3,443) / 3,281m- 4,268m  (+1,049m)

From the trailhead hike up through the forest for about .5 mile. Cross a small stream and follow the switchbacks on a steep hillside. Near 11,700, there’s an excellent view of The Three Apostles. The trail eventually turns east, approaching a high basin northwest of Huron.

Hike out of the basin onto Huron’s upper slopes onto the crest of the north ridge. Follow the trail west onto Huron’s northwest face and ascend a steep, rocky pitch before returning (left) to the crest of the north ridge.  Once you’re on the north ridge again, walk up to the summit!

On July 9, 1994, a Flight for Life Aérospatiale Eurocopter AS350 rescue helicopter crashed on Huron Peak at approximately 12,200 feet while attempting to rescue a female hiker who had suffered a broken ankle.

GPS track

Huron Peak trek

Huron Peak
Huron Peak

Pictures

  • Early morning on the trail

    Early morning on the trail

  • Sun coming up with Virginia Peak (13,088') on the right

    Sun coming up with Virginia Peak (13,088') on the right

  • View from the trail

    View from the trail

  • Gray Jay

    Gray Jay

  • Well maintained trail

    Well maintained trail

  • Gray Jay followed me for a while

    Gray Jay followed me for a while

  • Heading up to Mt Huron

    Heading up to Mt Huron

  • Huron Peak and surrounding area

  • The basin holding allot of snow

    The basin holding allot of snow

  • Views from the basin - Virginia Peak (center)

    Views from the basin - Virginia Peak (center)

  • Hikers on the ridge

    Hikers on the ridge

  • Huron Peak (14,003')

    Huron Peak (14,003')

  • Looking back across the basin - crossing cost allot of energy

    Looking back across the basin - crossing cost allot of energy

  • Looking back down at the basin from further up

    Looking back down at the basin from further up

  • Huron Peak summit ahead

    Huron Peak summit ahead

  • View from near the summit

    View from near the summit

  • Huron Peak's small summit

    Huron Peak's small summit

  • Huron Peak's small summit

    Huron Peak's small summit

  • View south of the Three Apostles from the summit of Huron Peak

    View south of the Three Apostles from the summit of Huron Peak

  • View from the summit

    View from the summit

  • More views looking southeast - Three Apostles on the right

    More views looking southeast - Three Apostles on the right

  • Huron Peak view

    Huron Peak view

  • Heading back down

    Heading back down

  • Marmot

    Marmot

  • Looking back as I head down - near 11,700' - Three apostles in the background

    Looking back as I head down - near 11,700' - Three apostles in the background

Follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Close Menu
Social media & sharing icons powered by UltimatelySocial