Summit County and surrounding counties are home to some wonderful “hut” systems. The word “hut” is a bit of a misnomer, since they are mostly beautiful log cabins. But regardless, they offer a wonderful back-country experience that I highly recommend.
This weekend, my husband, Rick, and I joined our good friends in a cross-country ski trek to the 10th Mountain Hut. Described as, “Nestled at timberline below the majestic peaks of the Colorado Continental Divide, 10th Mountain Division Hut forms a perfect destination for a single hut trip or ski-through using other nearby huts. In summer, dozens of hiking and cycling routes start or end just outside the door.”
For us, we stuck our skins on our cross-country skis and made the 4.4 mile, 1,445′ elevation gain from Crane Park to the hut. Ok – let me be honest, we cut off around a mile (but not much elevation gain), by parking a bit closer to a small trail that connected to the main trail.
It took us around 3 1/2 hours to climb to the hut. And then we were treated an amazing weekend of being totally disconnected, heat via the wood-burning stove, an out-house that was just a bit chilly, and the opportunity to meet fellow skiers who enjoy the back-country probably even more than we do.
This hut is a haven for the AT skiers. As for me and Rick, we stuck to just trekking around on our x-country skis and enjoying the scenery.
If you are looking for a new experience, try out hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing to a hut. It is truly a wonderful experience!!