The Huts > Privately Owned > Emmelyn Hut
Emmelyn Hut is the latest addition to the 10th Mountain Hut System. Built and owned by Leadville resident Cannon Shockley, the 10-person hut is memorialized to Shockley’s paternal grandmother, Emmelyn, who was a guiding force in Shockley’s life. The hut also recognizes Shockley’s love of the mountains surrounding his chosen home and pays homage with sweeping views of the Sawatch Range, from Mt. of the Holy Cross to Mt. Elbert, the highest peak among the Colorado Fourteeners.
Situated north of Leadville at 11,150 feet in the East Tennessee Creek drainage, Emmelyn Hut links Sangree’s Hut and Ski Cooper. The unique Al Beyer design utilizes timber frame construction and includes the latest energy efficiency with solar lighting, composting toilets, and a wood-burning stove. The two-level hut faces southwest.
Summer / Winter
Cumulative Elevation Gain*
Main level: 1 private bedroom with a double bed. Upstairs: 1 private bedroom with a double bed and a communal sleeping area with 1 double-bed bunk, 1 double bed and 1 single bed.
*from East Tennessee Trailhead
Cistern, Stream*, Snow Melt**
* Summer only
** Winter only
- Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
- Propane for kitchen burners
- Wood-burning heat stove has small oven box
- Indoor composting toilet, toilet paper
- 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 or French press, salt & pepper
- Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags
- Solar powered lights and USB charging ports
- Mattresses, pillows
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Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind 0 to 15 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 53. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Clear, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 55. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Clear, with a low around 33. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 57. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
Clear, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 56. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 55. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 33. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance Snow Showers
A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
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, 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 always open. While deep snow, bad weather, and white-out conditions are to be anticipated on any trip, a hut credit may be issued if a trip is cancelled due to avalanche danger associated with an extreme avalanche cycle. To be considered for a hut credit, please send us a detailed letter and we will respond in writing as soon as we can. We are sorry, but hut credits can not be approved over the phone.
The following observations were collected from staff members, guides and hut users. We welcome new information. Avalanche size/destructive force is based on SWAG-Snow, Weather and Avalanche Guidelines of the American Avalanche Association
- D1 Relatively harmless to humans
- D2 Could bury or injure a person
- D3 Could bury a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few trees
- D4 Could destroy a railroad car, large truck, several buildings, or a substantial amount of forest.
- D5 Could gouge the landscape, largest snow avalanches known.