The Huts > Summit Huts Association > Francie’s Cabin
Francie’s Cabin was built in 1994 in memory of Frances Lockwood Bailey, a former Breckenridge resident who died in a tragic plane crash in 1989. Her husband, Brownell, after reviewing the Summit Hut Association’s master plan, decided to sponsor the hut in Francie’s honor. Herb’s Sauna, the wood-fired sauna at Francie’s, was built in memory of Francie’s brother Herb Lockwood, who wrote his college thesis on the geology of the nearby Crystal Lakes Basin.
Francie’s is located southwest of Breckenridge and is one of the most popular huts in Colorado. This large hut has a big capacity for multiple parties or large single groups. It is situated near timberline, in the Crystal Creek drainage, on the flank of Peak 10 of Colorado’s Tenmile Range, where mountaineering opportunities abound, summer and winter.
Summit Huts Association
Summer / Winter
Cumulative Elevation Gain*
Main Level: 1 bedroom with 1 single bunkbed (sleeps 2). Upstairs: 6 bedrooms: 3 bedrooms with 2 single bunkbeds in each (12 total) , and 3 bedrooms with 2 single beds in each (6 total).
Hutmasters and Volunteers: SHA realizes that groups that reserve the entire cabin are seeking privacy. However, SHA does not prevent hutmasters or volunteers from staying in the downstairs Hutmasters’ Quarters, even when one group has booked the cabin. All hutmasters and volunteers are expected to respect the privacy of cabin guests while carrying out their maintenance duties. Maintenance staff is at the cabin once a week and guests should not be surprised to encounter hutmasters or volunteers during their visit.
*from Spruce Creek Trailhead (Winter)
Stream*, Snow Melt**
* Summer only
** Winter only
† Applies to the hut structure, not to route considerations
- Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
- Propane for kitchen burners
- Plastic bins for food storage
- Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove in winter, collection buckets for stream water in summer (bring your own filter)
- Indoor composting toilet, toilet paper
- Wood-fired sauna available year-round
- 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
- Mattresses, pillows
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Slight Chance Snow Showers then Chance Showers And Thunderstorms
A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain showers between 10am and noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 3pm, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny. High near 51, with temperatures falling to around 45 in the afternoon. South southwest wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
A chance of thunderstorms and a chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy. Low around 26, with temperatures rising to around 28 overnight. Southwest wind 10 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Chance Snow Showers then Mostly Sunny
A chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms before noon. Mostly sunny. High near 42, with temperatures falling to around 39 in the afternoon. West wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Mostly Cloudy then Slight Chance Snow Showers
A slight chance of snow showers after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 6 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Slight Chance Snow Showers
A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms between noon and 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
Sunny, with a high near 51.
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Sunny, with a high near 53.
Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
Sunny, with a high near 55.
Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
Sunny, with a high near 53.
Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
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 not closed for avalanche hazard reasons.