Huron Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-11-06, By: Tornadoman
Info: Standard trail is a mixture of packed snow and bare dirt until the upper basin, where snow becomes more consistent (except a dry section going up the little headwall). Most of the upper peak is packed, with occasional 3-6 inches of snow in spots. The steeper few hundred vertical feet at the top has tracks leading a few different ways as the trail is hard to follow in a few spots. Spikes/poles useful especially near summit. Gaiters may be helpful although we never felt the need to put them on as we wore winter boots. (Note: Took Lulu Gulch for the ascent; the switchbacks up to Middle Mountain are hard snow cut into reasonably steep terrain and require some care. The rest of the ascent, Middle, 13,462, Browns alternates between mostly dry to a few inches of snow in spots. None of it is significant). 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-30, By: mightycuine
Info: Bluebird day on Huron's standard route. From 4wd TH to treeline, 0.5"-2" packed snow that was melting on the way down. Above treeline, more packed snow with a couple of knee deep drifts that someone else had already postholed through. Used spikes and poles; no need for snowshoes. Couple of slippery spots above 13k make spikes highly recommended. Get it while it's good! 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-15, By: Blondclimbr
Info: Oh boy. Started early. Used traction and poles from the trailhead. Post holed for a couple hours to the summit during the last mile. Difficult to find trail or anything that resembled a trail. Snow up to my knees in many areas on the way to the summit. Super fun breaking trail. Not fun with the loose rocks. Saw three people down in the basin but it looked like they aborted. Smart people. Cold AF in the morning but beautiful clear day and warm enough on the way down. Snow starting to melt especially on the lower half of the trail. My friend survived her first 14er with me today and we were the only ones to summit. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-10-10, By: bluesky25
Info: Great weather on Huron today. Rough estimate 7 inches of snow and more near summit. Microspikes and poles were very helpful - it would have been a lot less fun without them. We wore layers and weren't cold at all. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-08-22, By: ndeanda037
Info: Great hike! No snow what so ever, and the views from the summit were clear with no haze/smoke at all. It was stunning! It was exceptionally windy and cold, especially in the early morning hours. The road to the TH is very rugged, as the description states! Be sure you have 4WD and high clearance. Me and my Jeep Renegade were able to handle it fine, but it was very bumpy. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-08-12, By: NelsonTrading
Info: Pretty day to hike. 3 hours up 2.5 down for me. Still hazy at the top unfortunately so the view was limited to the nearby mountains and colors not as vibrant. Streams are flowing nicely. Not crowded at all but very nice chats with the groups there. Road up to Winfield is rough and potholes, some deep THE ENTIRE 12 miles. 4WD to the TR was fine for high clearance. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-08-09, By: tuba_gus
Info: Took about six and a half hours to complete from what you could call the 2WD lot. We did not start at the 4WD lot due to a lack of confidence in my Honda CR-V since many of the roads in the area seem washed out and rutted. We started at 5:50pm so we could catch sunset and view stars and the milky way all evening. Thankfully the weather allowed this!! We watched the sunset from about 12,700' and had good visibility up until the final climb. We summited at 9:15pm, hung out on the peak for awhile, and returned to the car by 12:30am (and got back to Denver at 3:30am). Trail conditions were great, though it seemed all the streams were flowing much more on our way down. 
Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Posted On: 2021-09-09, By: joannalee07
Info: Did Huron via LuLu Gulch on 7/27. This route is long and challenging but so worth it. The views were absolutely stunning and we didn't see anyone until we met up with the main trail. Full trip report on my blog: https://www.coloradomountainpack.com/post/the-path-less-travelled-for-a-very-good-reason 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-07-31, By: seth0687
Info: Huron was a blast. Road was easily passable with our stock 4Runner all the way to the upper trailhead. The river crossing was a non-issue… Peak was dry and the hike was beautiful. This is my 21st and probably one of my favorites for an easy hike! If you want to see summer conditions check out our video! https://youtu.be/0NVhz9OElKU 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-07-07, By: cisnerosab
Info: Great weather, clear trail all the way up. Started at 4am from the 2WD lot and was the first to summit, but saw loads of people on the way down; more than I expected for a Wednesday, even on a busy route. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-07-02, By: Evan_Hikes
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. Not once did I step on snow, some snow melt streams running across the upper trail. Started from the 2WD TH, took 3:26 to summit and 2:05 to return. Little steeper than I was ready for. Really wouldn't advise anything less than high clearance 2WD to this point. Definitely 4WD to the upper TH, only a few puddles. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-07-01, By: derekpetrie
Info: Summer conditions. Slightly muddy in a few spots due to the frequent rain. Flowers and streams are in pristine condition. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-29, By: laurenedie4
Info: Completed on 6/28/21. Started at 6 am from the 4WD upper lot. My friend drove her Subaru Crosstrek up the road and we made it just fine. Just have to take it slow. Took us 2:25 to summit. Spent 30 minutes at the top. 1:50 to get down. Great day for it. Dusting of snow at the top from the cold front that came in over the weekend. Some spots on the way up were slick, frozen ground, icy rocks, etc. We had micro spikes with us but didn't use them. Just watched our footing especially on the last 500ft. Very doable 14er! Navigable path, no issues with route finding. Had awesome views at the top of The Three Apostles and beyond. 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-27, By: gggrams
Info: Was an excellent choice to fourwheel the extra couple miles to the trailhead, just make sure you have 4wd and decent clearance as there are a couple of spots that were close to impassable in my stock '06 4runner. Summited easily under 2 hours, it snowed the night before however so the spots that normally were clear had a bit of snow and the ones that normally have water were icy in the AM, but melted on the way down. Should be full normal summer conditions by tomorrow. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-23, By: Terrapin17
Info: Summer conditions the entire way. Started just above the lower TH at 9pm on 6/22 and summited at 1am (6/23). Returned to the car at 4:20am. 
Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-21, By: BigfootUSAF
Info: Summer conditions, no traction needed. Trail is in great shape, only hard part to follow is the Class 2 crux of the route near the summit.....a bit loose, trekking poles were helpful 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-13, By: kimbuk2
Info: Started from the upper trailhead, 4x4 road could be spicy for lower clearance vehicles, 4x4 recommended. Drove up in my non-lifted Land Cruiser just fine. Started at 4:30 am. Summer conditions except for some snowfields in the basin. The trail is super easy to follow & consists of a bunch of mellow switchbacks up until cresting over the treeline into the basin (2~ miles). There was a freeze the night before so we were able to walk on top of the snowfield on the way up, and only post holed into the slushy snow a few times on the way back (8am~). Might be sloppier later in the day. Past the basin, a more vertical walk up to the ridge and the last bit to the summit had some snow that is completely avoidable, some super light scrambling, but generally still a walk to the summit and stellar views of The Three Apostles. Gear consisted of: La Sportiva Bushido trail runners, tights, light ss base layer, sun hoodie, R1 layer. Brought extra socks just in case they got wet in the snow but ended up not needing them. Easy-to-follow, well-maintained trail throughout. 
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Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Posted On: 2021-06-12, By: SamWerner
Info: Just an addition to the previous report, there is a HUGE cornice on the summit area. Make sure you don't stand on it when you're on the summit. Other than that, nothing to add from prior report. Unfortunately didn't remember to take a picture of it, but looking from below, it looks like about 4-5 feet of the ~8 foot wide snow at the top is overhung. 
Route: North Ridge from Lulu Gulch
Posted On: 2021-06-11, By: Kook-Meister-Flex
Info: Did the full loop starting from Lulu Gulch and coming down the standard route. Road was dry till the 2nd road junction going into Lulu Basin. 4 patches of snow from there to the beginning of switchbacks up Middle Mountain. All of which are easily avoidable. Ridge from Middle Mountain to Browns is also dry minus 2 snow patches towards the Peak of Browns. Knee deep postponing for a very short distance to Summit Browns. Ridge from Browns to Huron was dry. Coming down Huron on the standard route there are 3 large snowfields in the Basin before tree line. All 3 were knee deep post hope city with the last one practically being a giant puddle with some slush floating on top (worst part of the whole route, took over 30 minutes to get through the snow). The trail was dry from there to the 2WD trailheal. Minus the snowfield in the Basin, the standard trail was very nice and I was blown away by the efforts of the Colorado 14ers Initiative in making that trail. 11.5 miles loop, 4,000 ft gain, 6.5 hours moving time, start 6:30- end 4:00 
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Route: Northwest Slopes
Posted On: 2021-06-10, By: kbnellie
Info: Road to TH is open and manageable. Past Winfield is a lower parking area because past that, the road gets rough and 4x4 is needed. We made it up pretty easily with our Chevy truck, we also saw an Outback that made it to the top TH. We made it to the TH at about 8am and there were 4 other vehicles. Lower TH had about 4-5 vehicles.Trail conditions were great and snow-free up to the basin, with very manageable elevation gain. There is still some snow in the basin but appears to be melting fast. On the way up, we could walk on top of the snow, on the way down, we post holed a few times. The snow patch along the trail in the basin is about the length of about 2 football fields, so maybe 10-15 minutes to cross. I hiked in shorts and trail runners and never used my yack tracks. After the basin, the elevation gain gets intense and there is some bouldering needed to get to the summit. Our dogs did great! Some snow between the basin and the summit which was easy to navigate around. The views on the summit and on the ascent are spectacular. We came into this hike prepared to turn around depending on the snow conditions, and pleasantly found very manageable trail conditions. Highly recommend this 14er, would still pack micro spikes or yack tracks in the near future, just in case. -Kara from Wisconsin 
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