ElevationAscent: 3,301' 1,006 m
Descent: -3,301' -1,006 m
High: 13,938' 4,248 m
Low: 10,637' 3,242 m
GradeAvg Grade: 20% (11°)
Max Grade: 61% (31°)
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“One of the easiest and most rewarding 14ers in the state of Colorado.”— Tom Robson
- North Apostle (13,860')
- Ice Mountain (13,951')
- West Apostle (13,568')
Prepare for some high winds and variable weather as ~1/3rd of this climb is above treeline. Also, be sure to bring your camera - the views of the surrounding Sawatch Range are a sight to behold.
There is plenty of dispersed camping along the way the trailhead. If your car can make it to the trailhead, there are large fields to set up camp.
After this stream crossing, North Huron trail ascends incredibly steeply and switchbacks multiple times. Around ~1mi the trail eases and contours south, providing an amazing view of the aforementioned Three Apostles.
Shortly after this amazing view the trail swings back east as you approach Huron's famous basin. Continue on the trail and exit the trees - you're now at the western extent of this high basin, which provides great views of the impending Huron Peak (14,003'). Head towards the center of this basin.
Continue on North Huron trail, which eventually leads you out of the basin and onto the start of Huron's upper pitches. The trail now begins to trend south/southeast as you approach the summit. Follow the switchbacks up to the north ridge, which is ~500' from the summit.
Follow the trail south/southwest and ascend an incredibly steep, rocky section before returning to the crest of the ridge. The next section is crux of the route - it's like a stair-stepper. You might encounter some eroded spots here as the North Huron trail ascends straight up the fall line.
Once you regain the north ridge, run to the summit!
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