#5 Mt. Huron – 14,003′
Peak #5: January 28, 2016
Ski Route: Northeast Slopes
Roundtrip Mileage and Skiable Vertical: 5,200′, 19mi, Summer Trailhead then back down road for 7 miles below Winfield.
Ski Partners: Jared Kedrowski
- Start Time: 9:00 AM
- Reached Summit: 2:00 PM
- End Time: 5:00 PM
Jared pulled me to Summer trailhead on snowmobile. Then I soloed from 9am-2pm up unconsolidated powder and 1ft of depth hoar w 2 ft of powder. Summit 2pm, then skied down and made it 9 miles past Winfield to car on road back to car by 5pm. Long day!
Huron was an adventure. A clear and calm Colorado winter day to a tucked away corner of the Sawatch. It’s true that in Calendar winter, Huron sees probably less than 10 people per season. I know for sure I was likely the first person to climb in during 2016 this particular year.
My brother Jared was generous to follow me to the end of the dirt road about 7 miles from Winfield where we unloaded his snowmobile and I had a fun ride up to Winfield. He pulled me with a rope on his Sled and by 830 we were up at the summer trailhead. From here my brother forged ahead a bit to explore a good way to ascend the north slopes to timberline.
The snow here was about 3 feet deep. It was 2 feet of powder and then a bottom layer of depth hoar. As it turned out, we could go no further on the snowmobile, so I said goodbye to Jared and startd to break trail though the woods. It was tough! I would sink in the powder then break through the hoar layer below.
After a couple hours of this I only made it about a mile, but finally broke out to timberline. The peak was in front of me and so I ascended gentle slopes to the ridgeline. The day was gorgeous with endless views including the Apostles in the distance.
The summit ridge was quite windblown. Originally I was going to try the Southeast face of the peak, but had to opt for skiing down the way I came up instead.
After an hour on the summit I dropped in in perfect conditions and made my way back down the basin towards the Huron Summer Trailhead.
It felt good to have #5 all done.
But once I reached the summer trailhead I had a nice long 10 mile journey following my brothers snowmobile tracks to get back to my car. The way to Winfield was downhill, so I got back there around 3pm.
After an hour and a half skate down the main road on rolling hills for 7 miles, I was back to my Car and headed home before dark, no problem!
On to the San Juans!