The weather has been extremely conducive to late-season hiking this year, with above average temperatures and a near-total lack of precipitation. With the weather on our side, Lauren and I continued on our quest to hike all of Colorado’s 14ers together yesterday morning with an ascent of Mt. Huron. After an early wake-up call at home, we pulled in to the parking lot shortly before 6:30, finding the 14ers.com “Gurlz Hike” about to get underway (though they were hiking La Plata Peak). The walk along the 4WD road to the trailhead was quick enough, and offered beautiful views of the surrounding peaks under an early-morning alpenglow.
The walk to the trailhead-proper is only two miles and covers only about 300′ of elevation, so it flew by with a couple opportunities for photos.
After these past couple weeks, I’m positive she’s ready for ski season, and will be joining us regularly in the backcountry. You may notice I’m not talking a lot about the hike here; there’s only so many times I can say “it’s beautiful” and “the trail is smooth and easy.”
And a shot of Lauren hiking up. We talked a little about photography, and how the light right around sunrise and sunset (i.e. “the golden hour”) is so much better than flat, mid-day light, but how a good cover of snow can mitigate a lot of that.
We ended up running most of the way down to the trailhead, which was lots of fun. Lauren picked up a couple blisters, and has decided she needs trail runners for light hiking like this. Another convert!
It was a great hike right up to the very end. Less than a minute away from the car, three unleashed dogs came running up (completely out of voice control from their owner, some woman who kept passively calling the dogs to come to her), and one flipped out and attacked Scout. After a couple unsuccessful attempts to break them up, I saw that the other dog had Scout by the neck, and I immediately shoulder-tackled the other dog by the neck. It’s disappointing that some people are such terrible dog owners, but that won’t keep me out of the mountains.