This is the lowest of the 14ers in the mighty Sawatch Range, but 14,003-foot Huron Peak also might be one of the loveliest. The mountain sits in the heart of the rugged region between Twin Lakes and Aspen. It’s far enough from the Front Range that you’ll want to camp the night before. Fortunately, there is ample camping all along Chaffee County Road 390 (access point for three other 14ers) and a large meadow at the passenger car trailhead that gets so much use it can feel like a summer music festival. But hey, you’re here to conquer the peak, not find solitude, so roll with it.
I rolled up to the trailhead late on a Saturday and camping was scarce, so some nice people let me join their spot. I was planning to camp alone and hike the peak the next day by myself, but this group invited me to join their campfire, share some beers, and chat about mountaineering. The next day, I hiked the peak with them and had a much better time than if I had gone solo. The moral of the story is that when camping alone, be ready for solitude, but also be ready to make some new friends.
- You can shave two miles off your trip each way with a high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicle.
- Camping is crowded near the trailhead, but with backpacking gear you can hike past the trailhead up the peak to find lovely solitude, a pristine mountain lake (Lake Ann), and a waterfall.
- From the summit look south and you’ll see The Three Apostles—steep, jagged peaks that while lower than Huron, make for much more challenging climbs.
Recommended season(s): Summer – early fall.
—R. Scott Rappold