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10th Mountain Division Hut

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. Completed during the summer of 1989, the hut was built in honor of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, using funds donated by 10th Mountain Division Veterans Bill Boddington, Col. Pete Peterson, Maury Kuper, and Bill Bowerman.

Hut Information

Owned By

10th Mountain Division Hut Association

Open

Summer / Winter

Winter Mileage*

4.4

Closest Town

Leadville

Hut Elevation

11,370 '

Cumulative Elevation Gain *

1,366'

Layout

Upstairs: 1 bedroom with 6 beds, 1 bedroom with 4 beds, and a communal sleeping area with 6 single mattresses.

*from Crane Park Trailhead

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

Wood

Refrigeration

No

Water

Cistern, Stream*, Snow Melt**

Toilet

Outhouse

Ada Accessible

No

Sauna

No

Fire Ring

Yes*

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

Yes*

* Summer only
** Winter only

Details

  • Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
  • Propane for kitchen burners
  • Cupboard or closet for cold food storage
  • Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove (suggested use of snowmelt water is for drinking and cooking)
  • Hand pump in kitchen dispenses water from cistern filled with roof-catchment system (suggested use of cistern water is for cleaning only)
  • Pots, pans, potholders, dishware, cooking and eating utensils, percolator, salt & pepper
  • Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper
  • Solar powered lights
  • Mattresses, pillows

Book This Hut

Capacity

16

Price

$37/person/night*
*Children 12 & Under 50% Off

Visit our Online Booking Platform to search for availability and book this hut.

Location

39.368968, -106.386897

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Continental Divide E/W + Betty Bear Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir, Eagles Nest/Holy Cross

USFS

Map : Pike/San Isabel National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

The most common route into the 10th Mountain Division Hut is from Crane Park. The ski in from Tennessee Pass is more scenic but longer. Route finding on both routes can be a bit tricky due to numerous other trails and snow-covered roads in the area. Whichever route you choose, be sure to watch for the intermittent plastic blue diamonds.

Winter Hut Information PDF

Routes

10th Mountain Hut from Crane Park Trailhead/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

4.4

Trailhead Elevation

10,137'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,366'

10th Mountain Hut from Tennessee Pass Trailhead

Total Mileage

5.7

Trailhead Elevation

10,424'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,150'

Hut to Hut/10th Mountain Hut to Continental Divide & Point Breeze Cabins

Total Mileage

5.0

Trailhead Elevation

11,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

381'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

1,251'

Hut to Hut/10th Mountain Hut to Uncle Bud's Hut

Total Mileage

7.1

Trailhead Elevation

11,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,436'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

1,432'

There is no established summer hiking trail to the hut, but hiking or biking up Slide Lake Road is a great way to access the hut and is far more enjoyable (for most people) than driving Slide Lake Road which is an extreme 4WD road.  Motorized vehicles that do drive to the hut must park at the summer closure approximately 1/4 mile from the hut. Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.

From the hut there is a short hike on Slide Lake Road and trail up to Slide Lake, or groups experienced with off-trail hiking may want to summit Homestake Peak. Guests can also access the Colorado Trail by hiking back out the Slide Lake Road about 2.5 miles to where it intersects the trail. From there you can hike southwest towards Uncle Bud’s Hut or northeast towards Continental Divide and Point Breeze Cabins, or Tennessee Pass.

Summer Water Source Information
Summer Hut Information PDF

Routes

Hike on Trail/Dirt Road Combo to 10th Mountain Division Hut from Tennessee Pass Trailhead via Colorado Trail & FS Rd 145 (aka Slide Lake Rd)

Total Mileage

6

Trailhead Elevation

10,424'

Hike on Rugged Dirt Road to 10th Mountain Division Hut via FS Rd 145 (aka Slide Lake Rd)

Trailhead Elevation

0'

Extreme 4WD High Clearance to 10th Mountain Division Hut via FS Rd 145 (aka Slide Lake Rd)

Trailhead Elevation

0'

Hut-Specific Weather

Today : A slight chance of rain showers between 11am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight : A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday : Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 5 to 15 mph.

Saturday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday : Sunny, with a high near 65. South southwest wind around 15 mph.

Sunday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 40. South southwest wind around 15 mph.

Monday : Sunny, with a high near 63. South southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Monday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Tuesday : Sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Tuesday Night : Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southwest wind around 15 mph.

Juneteenth : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind around 15 mph.

Wednesday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and a slight chance of rain and snow showers between 9pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind around 15 mph.

Thursday : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 62. South southwest wind around 15 mph.

Thursday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

Contents

Notices

Avalanche Hazard Information

Colorado is known for its avalanche prone snowpack. A number of the suggested routes to 10th Mountain Division Huts pass through or are next to terrain that may be prone to avalanches. Accordingly, pick the suggested route that most suits your group and its abilities, carry appropriate equipment, and always exercise prudent backcountry travel techniques when passing through avalanche prone terrain. Remember, avalanches can occur in forested areas and can run into forested areas from open slopes. Moreover, a number of huts booked are situated in the midst of extreme avalanche terrain. Many other huts, while located in more modest terrain, still have access routes that cross avalanche paths.

We strongly suggest that someone in every group be experienced in evaluating avalanche and snow stability hazards and practicing prudent backcountry and winter mountain travel techniques. For up-to-date avalanche information for all of Colorado, visit the website for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). Another excellent resource is the Forest Service National Avalanche Center website. While this site doesn’t have local forecasts, it does have a wealth of information on backcountry travel in avalanche terrain and snow science, as well as tutorials on some basic skills and snow science.

We recommend that you start checking the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) website regularly before your trip to see how conditions are evolving. Study your maps to see what type of terrain you will be traveling through to see if there are alternative routes that might be feasible if snow stability conditions deteriorate. During most of the winter, travel to the huts, other than those in the Braun Hut System and the Friends’ Hut, is possible with a relatively minor degree of risk. However, if your trip falls within a period or cycle of high or extreme instability, you must make the decision of whether or not to go. The huts are not closed for avalanche hazard reasons.

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