Date climbed: 9/23/2015
Elevation: 14,009 Ft
It was a beautiful, late September morning. The leaves were in their brilliant colors, and the sun was just beginning to change the color of the sky. A quick trip on the four wheeler up to Huron's upper trailhead, and I was on the trail. All around, I could see the camps of hunters in the area, but soon these were left behind for solitude and silence.
The initial hike, like much of the Collegiates, was steep with plenty of switchbacks through dense forest. As I made a very early start, there weren't too many views to be had anyway, so I stopped very little and made good time to treeline. Once at treeline, I slowed down and enjoyed the few, but beautiful glimpses I could get of the Three Apostles.
The views were spectacular, and best of all, I had the whole mountain to myself! Not another soul could be seen and heard. Despite the nice weather, it was still a bit chilly, so I sped up a bit in order to get to the ridge and some sun. An open bowl, a small tarn, and a gentle slope later, I was on the ridge.
The ridge was relatively quick going, although the last bit was a little more scrambling than one would think at first glance.
The summit views were one of the best of any 14er I've enjoyed. The day was calm, clear, and relatively warm. I put on my puffy and enjoyed my time up top with some snacks and water.
After a fair amount of time on one of my favorite peaks, I began the hike down, taking my time and enjoying another short break by the tarn.
Back at the four wheeler, the drive out was beautiful in the full morning sun. Looking back, this was one of my favorite days in the mountains, and I hope to return someday.