Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
Date Posted:  08/01/2021
Date Climbed:   07/31/2021
Author:  Tarynchubb
 Huron Peak via Lulu Gulch   

Prior to the day of the hike, I had researched the route to Huron Peak via Lulu Gulch pretty extensively (read many trip reports, etc). We arrived the night before and set up camp at one of the many dispersed sites in the area. To clear up any confusion, there are 2 signs that look identical to the picture in the route description - the Lulu Gulch route starts at the second sign. We began our hike at 5 am and didn’t see another person until the standard route became visible. We hiked up to the sharp left turn pretty quickly. Continued on that road and entered into Lulu Gulch. With the recent heavy rains, there are multiple spots where water is running across the road and you must rock hop to keep your feet dry. The views here are amazing! At this point, you need to make the decision on which route to take - middle mountain or direct to Browns peak. From my research, we had decided on the direct route. There is no visible path. I think we took the hardest possible route and ended up climbing some sketchy large talus to the false summit of Browns peak. Even with all the research, we were not prepared for that part of the hike. In hindsight, we went too far to the right and should have stayed more on the tundra up to the saddle. This was the most mentally and physically draining part of the hike. Once we reached Browns peak, you get your first glimpse of Huron and the intersection with the standard route. The route description says to walk the easy ridge or stay slightly lower. After climbing up the large talus to Browns, we were both drained and the ridge looked intimidating so we opted to go lower. There is no path here, so it’s a free for all. We didn’t feel comfortable, so we actually slowly made our way down the rocks and walked over to the main trail. Dumb idea! We were already at 13,5xx and descended down to 13,000 just to go right back up. Not a great idea, but like I said, we didn’t feel safe where we were at on the ridge. Walked with the masses on the standard trail to Huron peak, snapped some photos and headed down the standard trail. All in all, this trail is beautiful with amazing views in every direction. My advice would be to make sure you are comfortable finding your own route and to not make the mistake of climbing up the talus - it was very steep and exhausting.
I would not do this route with anyone inexperienced.

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