Huron Peak and Browns Peak

When: June 2008
Partners: DB, Andy McClure & Tony and Roberto from Denver
Route: West Face (Class 1)
Mileage/Gain: 4/3,400

Huron Peak from Browns Peak

Despite being one of Colorado's lowest 14ers, Huron Peak was said to be one of the most beautiful hikes in the entire Sawatch Range. Let's check it out!
Pond reflection on the way to Huron Peak

Starting out with DB and Andy Mac one morning, we made good time up the lovely forested trail that works its way up Huron's steep west face. Along the way, we ran into two men from Denver, Tony and Roberto. With Tony on one of his first ever mountain hikes, he, a big man, was struggling a bit. But with plenty of good conversation and encouragement from all, he trudged on along with us.
The Three Apostles from Huron Peak

Teaching Tony the rest step and offering plenty of verbal support, we all soon reached the lofty summit of this high and beautiful peak. There, we enjoyed the views, especially south/southeast over to The Three Apostles. A striking collection of peaks, I had difficulty taking my eyes off of them. I told Andy that I simply must climb those peaks!
DB on the wonderful summit of Huron Peak

Soon, it was time to head down. But I told Andy that I wanted to bag that little peak over there, to the northwest. And so he and I set out for Browns Peak while the others headed back down the trail.
Browns Peak from Huron Peak

Making the quick traverse with Andy, we soon stood atop the summit of Browns Peak, then cut back down the bowl to meet the others on their way down the trail. A fine day out!