Huron Peak (14,003′), Sawatch Mountain Range

Huron Peak is known as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Sawatch Mountain Range of Colorado. It is the most remote peak in the range, and offers views of wilderness in every direction from it’s small peak.The views of the Three apostles and Ice Mountain from the summit are incredible. To get there, take 390 to get to the Clear Creek trail-head in the San Isabel National Forest. The dirt road gets more rugged after Winfield, a restored mining town, about 2 miles from the trail-head.

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 trail-head hike up through the forest for about .5 mile. Cross a small stream and follow the numerous switchbacks on a steep hillside. Near 11,700, there’s an excellent view of The Three Apostles, all 13,000′ mountains. The trail eventually turns east, approaching a high basin northwest of Huron.

Hike out of the basin onto the upper slopes and eventually crest 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, hike a short ways to the summit and enjoy the amazing views.

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

According to the book “A Climbing Guide to Colorado’s Fourteeners: Twentieth Anniversary Edition“ documented evidence shows that the highest point of the Three Apostles, Ice Mountain was not climbed until October 4, 1931 by a man named John L. Hart. For mountains in Colorado that is actually a very late date for a first ascent to happen which just shows how isolated and steep the area is.

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Map of my hike

Huron Peak

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