Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
4,075.00 ft (1,242.06 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
10.70 mi (17.22 km)
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The Colorado 14ers are the state’s 54 peaks that have an elevation of at least 14,000 feet. Scaling some of those giants is a goal for many hiking enthusiasts. While Huron Peak barely makes the list at 14,003 feet, the relatively easy trail and amazing views it offers make it an instant favorite.

The trailhead used and total distance depends on your vehicle. A parking for four-wheel-drive vehicles is located about 3.25 miles from the summit. Parking for two-wheel-drive vehicles is also available before the four-wheel-drive trailhead and will add roughly 4 miles of easy road walk to your journey.

From the four-wheel-drive trailhead (10,500 feet), the trail follows a valley for a half-mile before it switchbacks up toward the objective of the day. Ascend through the forest for about 1.5 miles until the trees start to thin and a bare plateau (12,250 ft) is reached.

Take a moment to enjoy the area. It is beautiful and offers views of Huron Peak, the valley below, and the mountains to the west. If you walk a few dozen feet to the south, you can sit by a nice little pond to get a snack and drink. The pond can provide drinking water if needed and if you carry a good filtration system.

The plateau is about 0.75 mile long and has a mild slope, allowing for a rest before tackling the last section of switchbacks that separates you from the summit. From the end of the plateau, the trail is roughly a repeat of the section in the forest, but with rocks instead of trees and fantastic views to the west.

The summit ridge is finally reached at 13,450 feet. Huron Peak is a mere 0.25 mile away with a little over 500 feet of elevation left to gain. There are unobstructed views in all directions to motivate you and give you an idea of what to expect when you reach the top.

The rocky summit has room to sit and enjoy lunch while soaking in the views. There are several other 14ers to the south, east, and north. While the mountains to the west do not quite make the mark, they are equally beautiful.

Return to the trailhead by retracing your steps down the same trail.

Note: 14ers are attractive because of their high elevation, but remember you must take extra precautions if you hike that high. Weather can change fast, winds can be destabilizing, some people can experience altitude sickness, and thunderstorms in the afternoon are a common occurence. Make sure to check the weather before going and get an early start. Having a turnaround time is also a good idea.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall
Spring

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Simple trail. Outstanding views.

Cons

Exposed to weather.

Trailhead Elevation

10,226.00 ft (3,116.88 m)

Highest point

45,941.60 ft (14,003.00 m)

Net Elevation Gain

3,777.00 ft (1,151.23 m)

Features

Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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