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  • Now Steena, you promised you wouldn’t get lost again…  – October 20, 2014

    Mission: Collect Wilderness permits and check out potential hunter camps along Martin trail, hike out to West Grouse Mountain trailhead. This is the story about … Read More >>

  • Seasons of Wonder  – September 30, 2014

    Not everyone has a chance to experience the wilderness as I have this season. I have had the opportunity and absolute privilege to see the … Read More >>

  • A Return to the Primitive  – September 22, 2014

    In the Wilderness Act of 1964, which we can thank for areas like the Holy Cross Wilderness, part of the definition of wilderness contains the … Read More >>

  • From Sea Level to Summit  – September 19, 2014

    I drove from Atlanta to Colorado in early August knowing little about what the next two months doing trail maintenance may entail.  Soon enough I … Read More >>

Huron Peak

  • 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

Our 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 We also offer a range of different volunteer opportunities for individuals. Find out more here.

Recommended Route 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.