Moonlight Sonata at Huron Peak

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” -Edmund Hillary

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My husband and I have now successfully completed sixteen fourteeners!!! Woohoo!  And our fur baby Boulder has done three!  The last weekend of August we decided to take on Huron Peak, which is actually very close to the trailhead of Mt. Oxford and Mt. Belford.  So it’s approximately 3 hours from Denver and 30ish minutes south of Leadville.  My husband had looked up the weather in advance and saw that it was suppose to be a full moon.  We have always thought it would be fun to hike and be at the top of a mountain in time to watch the sunrise, so we decided to take full advantage of the full moon and do just that!  We took off from our home around 9:30 p.m. and then realized we were going to get there way too early.  So once we made it over the extremely bumpy road to the trailhead (4 wheel drive def. a requirement), we hunkered down for a quick little nap.  We woke up and started our trek up the mountain a little after 2 a.m.  The moon was so vibrant that once we got out of the tree line we were able to turn off our head lamps and use only the moon as our light.  It was so beautiful and serene.  And the best part is that the trail wasn’t packed with people at that time.  We took our time becausIMG_2805e we only had 3.25 miles to the summit and didn’t want to get up there too early and have to sit in the cold waiting for the sun to rise.  Around 3:30 a.m. we came met two men coming down from the summit, which I thought was just crazy!  Going up the mountain they were the only two we saw though.  Once we got to the last 500 feet from the top we turned the headlamps back on because it got very steep and was super slippery due to it being cold and the rocks being frosted over.  The last 500 feet were by far the worst part of the hike and overall the rest was a nice gentle climb up.  We reached the summit around 5:30 a.m.  We cuddled up to the rocks and waited.  Words nor the photos taken can describe the view of the sun rising from there!  It will definitely be a memory I will never forget!  FullSizeRender_2After the sun rose, more and more people started to summit so we high-tailed it out of there and got back down to the trail head start a little before 8:30 a.m.  It was really nice to be down so early and off the trails before the crowds came in!  And just nice to be done that early in the day.  If you ever get the chance to do a moonlight hike DO IT!  You won’t regret it!  I’m hoping we get the opportunity to do more this way!  Oh, and of course, once we made it back to the pickup with had a celebratory beer.  Something we do after every fourteener! :D

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