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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- Seasonal Trail Positions Closed
– March 7, 2013
CFI is no longer accepting applications for 2013 seasonal positions. If still interested in becoming a member of our 2014 seasonal trail crew, please check … Read More
- Seasonal Trail Positions Open!
– January 9, 2013
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative will have an expanded field presence in 2013. We are looking for 16 enthusiastic, hard-working seasonal staff leaders/members to complete these projects … Read More
- Everyone Poops…Even in the Woods
– November 9, 2012
The end of the season is here. Basecamp is packed out and it’s time to clean the “groover” buckets. For an extra hundred bucks, Andy … Read More
- Finding the Word to Sum Up a Season
– November 2, 2012
What does it feel like to open 3,300 feet of new, durably constructed, sustainably located trail? No one word can describe that specific moment. The … Read More
- Elevation:14,003 feet (53rd highest)
- Maps:Trails Illustrated® TOPO map # 129
(Buena Vista/Collegiate Peaks Trail Map)
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Leadville Ranger District (719) 486-0749
North Ridge from Clear Creek is the standard route for Huron Peak. Please help protect plant and animal communities while preserving the aesthetic beauty of the area by staying on the existing trail. For detailed route information including directions, pictures, maps, and elevation profiles, please click here.
Route Information and Additional Resources
From Leadville, drive 2o miles South on US-24. Turn right onto Chaffee County Road 390. Continue 11.8 miles to Winfield. Turn left and continue 2.1 miles on the 4×4 road to the trailhead.
From the trailhead at 10,560, follow the trail through the forest and reach the edge of the basin at 12,250. Follow the trail south towards the ridge at 13,450 and follow the ridge to the summit.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns
Huron Peak contains habitat for thick-leafed whitlow grass, a plant listed by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program as vulnerable both within the state and globally. Protect this vulnerable plant by staying on designated routes.
CFI’s Past Work and Current Volunteer Needs
In 1997-2000, CFI trail crews and Forest Service restoration crews worked on establishing a standardized route which would be sustainable, would require little maintenance, would protect rare plant communities, and could easily be identified and followed by the hundreds of hikers who climbed this peak every year. This was particularly important on the heavily damaged area from the summit to 12,500’ that contained over 30 braided social trails. Crews built almost three miles of new trail and restored numerous sections of eroded social trails using vegetation and duff cut from the new trail. Existing routes were utilized whenever possible.
Thanks to light maintenance work performed by a group from Colorado College New Student Orientation through CFI’s Adopt-A-Peak program, Huron Peak receives the regular maintenance needed to ensure long-term sustainability. Groups that perform maintenance duties through our Adopt-A-Peak program provide an invaluable service to Colorado’s high peaks by preventing future damage and promoting full recovery from past impacts. If your group is interested in volunteering on a different Fourteener, please contact CFI at 303/278-7365 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also offer a range of different volunteer opportunities for individuals. Find out morehere.