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Date Friday  8/11/2017
End Date Sunday  8/13/2017
Group Boulder
Event Title Trailblazers 14ers: Huron & Missouri
Section Trailblazers
Start Time 5:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Jordan Holquist
Member Price Free
Available Participants 1
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate D
Trail Mileage 20
Elevation Gain 6700
Driving Distance 270 mi or 6 hours

Location

Huron Peak and Missouri Mountain are located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. Winfield, CO is the closest landmark, which is less than an hour south of Leadville, CO.

For more info Contact

Trip leader: Jordan Holquist (jholquist@gmail.com)

Details

At 14,003 ft., Huron Peak is the second lowest in elevation of Colorado’s 14ers. As far as 14ers go, it is a relatively short and beautiful hike with the most difficulty being Class 2. Missouri Mountain is a neighboring mountain to Huron peak. It will be a much more difficult hike if only because of the distance.

We’ll be hiking up Huron Peak via the standard route (Northwest Slopes) on Saturday morning after camping overnight on Friday. After hiking Huron, we’ll return to camp and either keep camp where it is, or move it over closer to the start of the Sunday hike. On Sunday, we’ll get a pre-dawn start and hike Missouri Mountain via the non-standard West Ridge. The purpose of this trip is to knock out two neighboring 14er summits in one drive into the mountains, while enjoying relatively remote camping.

Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 19 miles over two days with up to 6,700 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance or loose scree should be expected. Due to the extended amount of time that will be spent above 13,000 ft. on Missouri Mountain each hiker is expected to have some experience with altitudes at or above 13,000 ft. However, it is not expected that you have summited a 14er before. By hiking Huron Peak first (shorter, easier) and camping 2 nights above 10,000 ft., acclimatization to elevation before Missouri Mountain will be improved.

This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=huro1&peak=Huron+Peak and https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=miss2&peak=Missouri+Mountain for more information about the hikes.

The Plan:
We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 2.5-3 hours of driving, and then camp out on Friday night close to the 4WD trail head. If we can’t make it all the way up with the cars, we can either camp by the cars or hike up a bit to the trail head. The extra mileage from the 2WD trail head is 2 miles, each direction (4 mi. round trip). Depending on driving time we may stop in Leadville for dinner. We will be camping overnight twice, so plan on bringing food to cook for two nights, just in case. For bear safety, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container.

Waking up before dawn on Saturday, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking Huron under headlamps. The goal is to summit Huron Peak on Saturday and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the Huron campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on over to the next campsite for Missouri Mountain. We’ll drive over to the Missouri trail head and get the cars as far up the 4WD trail head as seems reasonable. It will take a short wheel base SUV with high clearance to do anything on the 4WD road. The rest of the way, we will hike up with packs and camp out near the trail head. This hiking distance could be as much as 3 miles one-direction. On Sunday morning, we’ll wake up early, have breakfast, and set out on our long day under headlamps. The goal is to summit Missouri Mountain before 12 noon on Sunday to avoid storms and be back to the cars by the evening. When we return to the Missouri campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then start our drive back towards civilization. If time and energy permit, celebratory pizzas and beer at High Mountain Pies in Leadville!


Notes

This trip is subject to change based on weather and conditions, and a weather-related re-schedule may or may not be made depending on trip leader availability. More details will be coordinated by the trip leader once group composition is set. DOGS are welcome, but must be on a leash at all times to comply with the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area regulations. If any leaders-in-training are interested in co-leading, let the trip leader know. Because this trip involves a lot of hiking to a high elevation with two overnights, the trip leader will make sure each participant has sufficient experience to reasonably be capable of completing the trip. Slots to attend will be first come, first serve. This will be CMC members only. To be registered for the trip, send an email to jholquist@gmail.com with the following info:

• Name, address, phone #
• List 3 hikes that you’ve been on recently with elevation, elevation gain, and round-trip mileage (hint: pick your hikes with the highest numbers)
• List 1 camping trip you’ve been on with # of days and distance from trailhead
• Favorite Coloradan animal
• Whether you have any first aid, CPR, or relevant training
• Whether you are willing to drive or carpool (if willing to drive, list make/model of car & review the 4WD trail head descriptions for each peak: https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/trailheadsview.php?thparm=sw18 and https://www.14ers.com/php14ers/trailheadsview.php?thparm=sw19)
• Any comments/questions you may have

NOTE: If you’ve already sent me one of these responses-to-questions e-mails recently (i.e. for another trip) there’s not need to repeat yourself, unless anything significant has changed. But you DO still need to email me to reserve your spot/get a password.



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