This 3-day trek passes right through the heart of a wilderness area that scratches the ozone with eight 14,000-foot peaks--more than any other wilderness in the Lower 48. From the trailhead, take the Timberline Trail to Prospector Gulch. Cut west at mile 7.1 to camp by Illinois Creek. Day two is a climb to 12,600-foot Lake Ann Pass and a drop to trout-filled Clear Creek for a six-mile day. Sleep tight: Day three is a big one. You'll reach your shuttle car in .5 miles; downsize to a summit pack and hit the spur trail to Huron Peak, the highest spot on this route and the farthest 14er from a paved road in the Sawatch Range.
-Mapped by Dick Vogel
TO TRAILHEAD: Starting point: From Buena Vista, drive 26 miles on CR 209, crossing over Cottonwood Pass, to the Timberline Trail trailhead.
Ending point: From Leadville take US 24 S for 20 mi. Turn R onto CR 390/Clear Creek Canyon Rd. Go 11.8 mi. to Winfield and bear L @ T. In 800 ft., turn R @ T. Go .3 mi. and park @ trailhead. Or, continue 1.8 miles to the Huron Peak trailhead (marked as point TTH010 on the map) with a high-clearance vehicle.
- Distance: 37.7
Location: 38.8655967712402, -106.441970825195
Trail swings west on newly groomed trail.
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Trail passes between Texas Lakes. Possible campsites but this section is often travelled by ORVers.
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Trail leaves open meadows along Texas Creek and climbs into a mixed woodland of conifers and aspen.
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Small wooded campsite
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Pass above Lake Ann. Big mountain views in every cardinal direction.
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Flat campsites at Lake Ann
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Look for leftovers from the old mining town of Hamilton
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Sign the trail register @ Huron trailhead. Drop big pack and go for the 14,003-foot summit of Huron Peak.
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Huron Peak: Cloud-scrapping views are everywhere.
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Ascending to Lake Ann Pass
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Ascending Huron Peak
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Cutting across talus slope
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