#40 “Huerfano Peak” 13,828 ft.

Date: May 21, 2014
Team: Christy, Ted
Route: South Face

Technincally speaking, the mountain’s official name is Unnamed 13828. Lying directly north of the 14er Mount Lindsey, and at the head of Huerfano Creek, some refer to this Sangre de Cristo summit as Huerfano Peak.

Since we had just come off nearby Mount Adams the afternoon before, we figured we should get Huerfano skied while we were down in the area. It would be the fifth Centennial peak that Christy and I would ski in as many days on this road trip, and we were both feeling tired and ready to take a day off. But it’s a really long way down to this mountain from where we live, and this time of May you can drive far up the Huerfano Creek jeep road, so knowing that we’d be happy to have the check mark in the column we rallied for one more summit.

christy mahon, huerfano creek

The creek crossing may have been the crux of the day. Christy looks unusually confident for such a skinny log.

After navigating the usual melt-zone on the approach, with a lot of skis-on-skis-off through punchy snow, we reached the creek crossing and then began skinning. Things got a bit more fun from there. The route follows the same course as if you were headed to Mt. Lindsey, to the 13,100 foot saddle. From there you head north, and can skin right to Huerfano’s summit.

christy mahon, blanca peak

With Blanca and Ellingwood behind, Christy hikes a section of dry trail to the 13K saddle.

christy mahon, mount lindsey

It was pretty much skins all the way to the summit. Lindsey’s North Face is out in the distance.

Due to private property issues in the area, the south/southeast side of Huerfano is the only ski route that won’t put you in a trespassing situation, though an awesome bowl drops off the summit to the east and might be the best ski line if it were allowed. We had to stick to the south face, so we loosely retraced our route of ascent back to the saddle and down to the trailhead. We were tired but happy to wrap up an awesome five-day road trip, and just as the weather seemed to be becoming unsettled. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about summer?

huerfano peak summit

It’s a ridged summit, and we walked around until we were sure we were on the highpoint.

christy and Ted Mahon

Dav is off to Norway, so it was just the two of us here today.

Time to ski the late May corn.

Time to ski the late May corn.

christy mahon, ski 13ers

And that wraps up our May push. We might get to another peak or two before hanging it up for the season, but our big efforts are now behind us.

Date: April, 28, 2015
Team: Dav (solo)
Route: South Face

[Dav skied Huerfano solo in April 2015, here’s a video from that day.]

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