Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  07/14/2019
Date Climbed:   07/13/2019
Author:  RyanPB
 Huron - Northwest Slope   

We chose the standard Northwest Slopes Trailhead that is just south of the Winfield historic site. Having read earlier trip reports, our group expected to find avalanche debris blocking the 4wd trailhead. Crews must have just cleared it because it's open all the way to the Huron Peak hiking trailhead. It adds an extra 4 miles roundtrip to the hike if you park at the 2wd lot, which is what we did. Our total roundtrip was over 10 miles.

Another concern was the snowfields mentioned by earlier hikers. Not to worry. These have been tramped down sufficiently so that it should be only a minor inconvenience. A couple of snowfields well above treeline are a bit trickier (especially coming down) but still manageable if you follow the existing footholds. I brought microspikes but never needed them. Snowshoes are absolutely unnecessary. There is a lot of snowmelt runoff on the trail in places so gaiters and boots that are waterproof up to your ankles are nice. In a few places the snowfields obscure the trail where hikers went off trail to avoid them but it is not difficult to also avoid the snow in these places and then rejoin the trail.

One of the several snowfields that have been trampled down nicely -- see path on lower right. Summit is barely visible from here.

We had ideal conditions and no dark clouds even rolled in until 2-3 p.m. Left 2wd parking lot at 7 a.m. and hit summit at 11 going at a medium pace and stopping frequently to catch the breath above 13,000. Back to the care at 2:30 p.m.

The trail and peak were beautiful. Happy climbing!

Panorama from about 1,500 feet below the summit, treeline in the foreground.

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Comments or Questions
07/15/2019 20:17
Thanks for the timely information. Coming out from Wichita to climb this in 2 weeks. I know you said the road is cleared to the 4WD trailhead, but how was the road? Did it look like the avalanches caused a lot of additional damage? Thanks.

4WD road conditions
07/16/2019 10:16
The avalanches mainly dragged debris across the road in a couple places, which has been cleared. If you have sufficient clearance with yours, the 4WD trail is navigable. I wouldnât take an Outback but Jeeps, 4Runners or other high-clearance should be fine.

Another thanks!
07/16/2019 15:10
Great news on the 4WD trail - I'll be out there in 2 weeks and have been watching to see if it would be open. Going to bring my daughter so was hesitant on the added distance. Thanks for posting.

07/18/2019 13:34
Dan, when are you climbing? We will be climbing Huron on 7/27/19. We may see you on the trail.

Awesome trip report
07/18/2019 19:05
Thanks a ton for the updates! I was thinking I'd have to park at the 2wd trailhead but it sounds like I don't have to.

Gracias Amigo!
07/20/2019 14:59
Another thank you for the update! Iâm heading up next Tues (22nd) but need to park in the 2WD lot. Gotta get me a real 4WD! ðŸˠ

Huron then back to NE
07/25/2019 15:10
Decided to do this one tomorrow. Road info appreciated.

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