Huron Peak
Date:September 1, 2011
Trail:North Ridge from Clear Creek
Distance:6.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:3,580 ft
Difficulty:Class 2
Time it took us:5 hrs 56 min

We decided to spend a long Labor Day weekend in the mountains hiking a couple 14ers. My parents were camped at Clear Creek Reservoir so we joined them there and set up our camper as our base camp for the next few days. We planned to take all 3 pups up Huron Peak on Thurs. before the weekend crowds got out there. Fri we scheduled Mt. Belford & Mt. Oxford. Sat was going to be a rest day, then Sunday we'd tackle Missouri Mtn., Iowa and Emerald Peaks. We've been wanting to take Mariah up another 14er, but we had to make sure it was an easier one since she's 11 yrs old now. We knew Huron would be perfect because it's a nice trail all the way to the top and it's less than 6 miles round trip. We drove out to the trailhead Wed. night and set up our tent. The dogs love staying in the tent and we all slept well. We woke up and started hiking at 5:08am. From what we could tell, we were the first ones on the trail! Huron Peak is a shorter hike, but it does not lack in elevation gain! It's a steep hike that you can feel in your glutes, but it's a fun hike. It was a bit windy at the summit, but the views were awesome! The pups behaved themselves quite well and we had a great day of hiking. When we got back to the trailhead we packed up the tent and headed back down the road to our camper where we relaxed and enjoyed dinner with family.

The trailhead sign showing which way to go

The sun coming up as we head up Huron

Early morning views

The three apostles

Following switchbacks up the mountain

Looking back at the hike up to the ridge

Trek on Huron Peak's summit!

Family shot with all 3 pups

Views from the top

Brisco and Trek relaxing on the summit

Travis and the boys

Lindsey on top of the world!

Travis trying to not get blown over

The three amigos!

Travis leading the way down the mountain

A pika keeping watch

The scenery was beautiful!

Happy dogs on the rock

Trek posing for a picture

Headed across the grassy field

Everything was so green!

The dogs loved the lake

Ready to hit the switchbacks in the trees

Headed down, and down some more...

Almost down

Back at our camp site!

Mariah crashed in the tent as we were trying to take it down

GPS + Google Earth view of our route

Final GPS elevation profile