"Huerfano Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Traverse from PT 13,555
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: halfapackofapache
Info: Traversed from summit of pt 13,555 to huerfano then over to iron nipple and down the standard “south slopes” route. Route was mostly dry above tree line. All snow avoidable up there. Trail was wet in some areas once in the trees. There were maybe 5 to 10 very small snow patches I had to cross in the trees. Nothing significant in my opinion. There are quite a lot of downed trees on the standard trail as well. It slowed my down a bit on my decent. And I lost the trail a couple times having to navigate through all the rubble. Makes it a bit more challenging for sure. Still downed trees on 4WD road about .7 mi from lily lake TH 
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Route: Huerfano - South Slopes (with Iron Nipple option)
Posted On: 2021-10-18, By: Geckser
Info: The trail is getting sloppy and the road is getting icy. On some steep sections of the road it will be icy in the mornings or after dark. Be prepared. Wanna give a big shoutout to whoever did Huerfano before us, made the while trip much more bearable. It is snowy until 12,500 feet at which point you can essentially rock hop to the summit. The tracks were pretty icy, but there is a good track in place all the way to the pass with Lindsey. Good day, hopefully doesn't get covered with too much more snow 
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Route: Huerfano - South Slopes (with Iron Nipple option)
Posted On: 2021-07-02, By: Terminally_Chill
Info: Slowly made our way up and out of the clouds on a wet weds. The road to the upper TH is completely snow free and the trail was also mostly snow free but the recent moisture down there has much of the streams spilling over their banks onto the trail. My partners went on and scrambled up the Lindsey ridge and from what I could see there didn't seem to be any snow left on Lindsey's ridge either. 
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Posted On: 2021-06-24, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Snow is gone. The route up Iron Nipple and Huerfano is dry. 
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Posted On: 2021-06-16, By: cdgibbons
Info: Essentially summer conditions above 12,300; a few snowfields on the SE slopes are easily avoided. As the Lindsey reports have mentioned, the section from the stream crossing to about 12,300 has plenty of downed timber, drifts, mix of boot pack and postholing, etc. Agree with others that gaiters, poles, and extra socks are the recommended gear. 
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Posted On: 2021-03-18, By: blazintoes
Info: Gecksers skin tracks covered in new snow but made fat biking efficient on the downhill. Not sure this CR matters now since the March madness blizzard but got in one last snowflake before seasons end and the surrounding peaks sure were pretty. The wind was ferocious. Didn't stay long. Just a tag, you're it kind of day. Bummer. Went up to the saddle out n back. Good snow. Spring is near. 
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Posted On: 2020-10-24, By: durkan
Info: Not a flake of snow to be seen. We know for a fact since we crawled across the tundra, saddles, ridges, talus, etc. with our eyes 2 inches from the ground to avoid being blown away. Fun day. Why do we do this again? 
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Posted On: 2020-09-22, By: mikemalick
Info: Ascended after Iron Nipple summit. Snow was not an issue anywhere along the route. First pic shows Iron Nipple (l) and Huerfano (r). 2nd pic is from Iron Nipple summit with Huerfano showing tallest background right. 
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Route: North Ridge Traverse from UN 13555
Posted On: 2020-09-06, By: MC.Ikema
Info: UN 13555 > Huerfano Peak: Reiterating that the first 1/3 of the climb from UN 13555 to Point 13470 seemed Class 2+/Easy Class 3. Point 13470 is the brown band of rocks running through the ridge (image #2). From point 13470 to Huerfano the ridge was Class 3 (possibly Class 4 if you don't take the easiest line). There is a “Stretch of Faith” about halfway through that didn't seem to have a down climb bypass (image #1 & #3). Just whip out your Gumby legs and split ‘em down the middle to cross this crack in the ridge (easier for us 6 foot folks). The entire traverse took me about 1h 45m. Comments on the UN 13555 registry reported 2 hours to make the traverse from Huerfano Peak. 
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Route: Lily/Forgotten
Posted On: 2020-08-12, By: CaptCO
Info: Ascended Lily lake, gained the Lindsey saddle, and crossed the brief knife edge at iron nipple. Tagged Huerfano and then decided to make a loop out of it. Descended “Forgotten Basin” and followed Dutch Creek to the trail split. Little bit of bushwhack and route finding involved but not terrible. Gained the Huerfano trail split, took switchbacks back to the road, and hiked a mile back up the road. 11.5mi 4,400' 
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Route: Ridge from 13,555, ridge to Iron Nipple
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: supranihilest
Info: The ridge from 13,555 to "Huerfano" is quite long, contains a ton of scrambling, mostly Class 2+ but up to Class 3 (and possibly Class 4 if you don't find the easiest line), and is very loose and exposed in spots. It would be too difficult to describe the full ridge but a basic pattern is each notch is Class 3 and the expanses in between are Class 2+. The last 1/3 or so of the ridge is actually pretty solid, mostly Class 2+. Do not underestimate the length and route finding difficulties of this ridge. It took me just a hair over 90 minutes. From "Huerfano" I went over to Iron Nipple instead of taking the south slopes; this consisted of some easy scrambling off the summit and then an easy Class 2 stroll over to Iron Nipple. See my Iron Nipple CR for details of the ascent. 
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Posted On: 2020-06-19, By: jladderud
Info: Summer conditions the entire way. The creek crossing at mile 1 is doable without getting wet thanks to some well-placed logs and some balance. 
Route: Lindsey-Iron Nipple-Huerfano
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: Corey17
Info: Climbed Mt. Lindsey, Iron Nipple, and "Huerfano Peak" on 6/7. Overall, excellent summer conditions. The first mile has a couple spots where the trail is underwater as usual this time of year. We brought sandals to cross the creek, maybe up to a foot deep. There were a few snow drifts left, but none were big nor problematic and we could walk around all of them. From the upper basin to all 3 summits, it's completely dry. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Normal trail up to Lindsey saddle is mostly summer once you get up to the basin, but there is enough blow down and snow patches in the lower areas to want to be familiar with the route if you are heading up in the dark. Water crossing about 1 mile in is a wade across currently. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-03, By: Buckie06
Info: Dry, summer conditions. The creek crossing near the trailhead is shin/knee high, there's a log about 100' upstream of the trail that you can butt scoot across, but you'll still get your feet wet. 
Route: from lindsey
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: Trotter
Info: Summer conditions 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: brauda02
Info: Hiked up the Huerfano Trail and contoured around the east side of Huerfana. This is a different variation than the route described by Roach. The only snow we encountered was a few hundred yards before treeline. There were a couple of exposed moves right before the summit. 
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Route: West Ridge via Iron Nipple
Posted On: 2020-05-11, By: Randy1983
Info: After a few months of failed attempts, finally got this one. No flotation/traction needed. But micro spikes might be helpful to some. Thank goodness LLTH was open, nice to finally save the extra miles. Forest still has some late day post-holing, but not too bad, typical spring business. Upper route is dry. Looks like Lindsey might still be skiable? Not sure if it would be worth it to haul skis back there for that run though. So glad to see so many others in the area. Met this epic mountain pup named Maverick and had a hummingbird fly within a foot of my face. With how fast it is melting, won't be long 'til the full route is dry. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-13, By: Randy1983
Info: Hiked in to the Huerfano Valley on the 11th. Snow was stable and I cruised through the forest and up to 12,100. Kept snow shoes on from the Lower TH all the way to where I camped. Spent the night in brutal wind and snow. Was testing a new tent so wanted harsh conditions. Woke up to clear skies and made my way up to the saddle between Iron Nipple and Lindsey. After skirting the Nipple and gaining the ridge, I saw a massive change in weather. Strong wind and snow made me turn back about 400' below the summit. Really wish I had had my skis for the way out. Though once back on the valley floor, the snow was absolute trash. Trekking back to the car was some of the worst post-holing EVER. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-11-04, By: angry
Info: Snow varies from 6 inches to 2 feet from trailhead to saddle. From saddle to summit, route is wind scoured and dry. Didn't use traction or flotation. See trailhead status for road conditions. I had to park ~5 miles below upper th making this 18.6 miles round trip. 
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