Huron Peak

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Huron Peak
Huron Peak is located in Colorado
Huron Peak
Huron Peak
Highest point
Elevation14,012 ft (4,271 m) [2][3]
Prominence1,423 ft (434 m) [4]
Isolation3.21 mi (5.17 km) [4]
ListingColorado Fourteener 51st
Coordinates38°56′44″N 106°26′17″W / 38.9455272°N 106.4380794°W / 38.9455272; -106.4380794Coordinates: 38°56′44″N 106°26′17″W / 38.9455272°N 106.4380794°W / 38.9455272; -106.4380794[2]
LocationChaffee County, Colorado, U.S.[1]
Parent rangeSawatch Range,
Collegiate Peaks[4]
Topo mapUSGS 7.5' topographic map
Winfield, Colorado[2]
Easiest routeHike, class 2

Huron Peak is a high mountain summit of the Collegiate Peaks in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,012-foot (4,271 m) fourteener is located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 18.0 miles (28.9 km) west-northwest (bearing 297°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States.[3][4][1]


While relatively close to its neighbor peaks, Huron Peak 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.[5]

It was named after the Huron Indians (Wyandot people).[6]

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.[7] 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 the 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 Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "HURON". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. Note: The summit of Huron Peak is +0.61 m (+2.0 ft) higher than NGS station HURON.
  3. ^ a b The elevation of Huron Peak includes an adjustment of +2.080 m (+6.82 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  4. ^ a b c d "Huron Peak, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  5. ^ Louis W. Dawson II, Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 1, Blue Clover Press, 1994, ISBN 0-9628867-1-8
  6. ^ Dziezynski, James (1 August 2012). Best Summit Hikes in Colorado: An Opinionated Guide to 50+ Ascents of Classic and Little-Known Peaks from 8,144 to 14,433 Feet. Wilderness Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-0-89997-713-3.
  7. ^ Shimanski, Charley. "Accidents in Mountain Rescue Operations" (PDF).

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