Huron Peak

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Huron Peak
Huron Peak is located in Colorado
Huron Peak
Huron Peak
Elevation 14,010 ft (4,270 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,403 ft (428 m)[2]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Location Chaffee County, Colorado, U.S.
Range Rocky Mountains, Sawatch Range
Coordinates 38°56′44″N 106°26′17″W / 38.94556°N 106.43806°W / 38.94556; -106.43806Coordinates: 38°56′44″N 106°26′17″W / 38.94556°N 106.43806°W / 38.94556; -106.43806[1]
Topo map USGS Winfield (CO)
Easiest route Hike, class 2

Huron Peak, elevation 14,010 ft (4,270 m), is a fourteener in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the central Sawatch Range, west of the Mount Belford group, in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. It lies in Chaffee County, approximately 18 miles (29 km) northwest of the town of Buena Vista. While relatively close to its neighbor peaks, it is separated from them by deep cols, resulting in a moderately high topographic prominence. Nearby to the south are the Three Apostles, a striking group of three thirteen thousand foot peaks.[3]

Flight for Life Accident[edit]

On July 9, 1994, a Flight for Life Aérospatiale Eurocopter AS350 rescue helicopter crashed on Huron Peak at approximately 12,200 feet while attempting to rescue a female hiker who had suffered a broken ankle.[4] With numerous search and rescue personnel nearby, the aircraft's pilot Gary McCall attempted to partially land on a 35 degree slope by placing one skid on the uphill side of the mountain. As rescuers stood under the rotors, shielding their faces from flying debris, they reported hearing 'chopping' noises and saw the aircraft's rotors striking the side of the mountain.

The aircraft rolled approximately 800 feet down the mountain face, coming to rest near 11,400 feet. Rescuers scrambled to wreckage, but pilot Gary McCall and flight nurse Sandy Sigman had been killed. The accident was the first in the history of the Flight for Life program.

The angle between rotor and skid of the helicopter was later determined to be 28 degrees. The National Transportation Safety Board ruled the cause of the accident as: 'Failure of the pilot to assure main rotor clearance from sloping terrain while in a hover. The terrain condition was a related factor.'

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Huron". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Huron Peak, Colorado". 
  3. ^ Louis W. Dawson II, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1, Blue Clover Press, 1994, ISBN 0-9628867-1-8
  4. ^ Shimanski, Charley. "Accidents in Mountain Rescue Operations". 

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