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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.

Hut Information

Owned By

Summit Huts Association

Open

Summer / Winter

Winter Mileage*

2.2

Closest Town

Breckenridge

Hut Elevation

11,360 '

Cumulative Elevation Gain *

1,009'

Layout

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)

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

No

Refrigeration

No

Water

Stream*, Snow Melt**

Toilet

Composting Toilet

Ada Accessible

Yes

Sauna

Yes

Fire Ring

No

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

No

* Summer only
** Winter only
Applies to the hut structure, not to route considerations

Details

  • 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

Book This Hut

Capacity

20

Price

$55/person/night

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

Location

39.438713, -106.072998

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Boreas Pass Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass; Breckenridge

USFS

Map : White River National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

During the winter, Francie’s Cabin can be accessed via the Spruce Creek Trailhead located south of Breckenridge. The trails leaving from Spruce Creek are short but steep, and the parking at that trailhead can be limited.

NO MOTORIZED ACCESS: During the winter season (November to May), motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, are prohibited on Spruce Creek and Crystal Creek Roads. Violators may be subject to fines. Please access Francie’s Cabin under your own power, carrying your own gear. There may or may not be a sign at the Spruce Creek location, but restrictions apply regardless of the absence or presence of signs.

Francie’s Cabin Winter Information & Parking Permit PDF

Routes

Francie's Cabin from Spruce Creek Trailhead via Spruce Creek Road/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

2.2

Trailhead Elevation

10,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,009'

Francie's Cabin from Spruce Creek Trailhead via Crystal Creek Road

Total Mileage

1.6

Trailhead Elevation

10,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,009'

In the summer, Francie’s Cabin can be accessed using the same routes as winter but if you are planning on driving in from the Spruce Creek Trailhead be aware that the Crystal Creek Road is very steep and rough. Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.

There are numerous hiking options around Francie’s. For a shorter hike you can head to Crystal Lakes or Mohawk for some fishing. The truly adventurous can head out on the Wheeler Trail which runs the length of the Tenmile Range all the way north to Copper Mountain or south to Hoosier Pass.

Summer Water Source Information

Francie’s Cabin Summer Information & Parking Permit PDF

Routes

Hike on Rugged Dirt Road to Francie's Cabin from Spruce Creek Trailhead via Spruce Creek & Aquaduct Roads

Total Mileage

2.2

Trailhead Elevation

10,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,010'

Hike on Rugged Dirt Road to Francie's Cabin from Spruce Creek Trailhead via FS Road 803 (Crystal Creek Road)

Total Mileage

1.6

Trailhead Elevation

10,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,015'

Extreme 4WD High Clearance to Francie's Cabin via FS Rd 803 (Crystal Creek Road)

Total Mileage

1.6

Trailhead Elevation

10,370'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,015'

Hut-Specific Weather

Overnight : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy. Low around 41, with temperatures rising to around 43 overnight. South southwest wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday : A slight chance of rain showers before 9am, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. High near 60, with temperatures falling to around 54 in the afternoon. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Sunday Night : A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9pm and midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South southeast wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday : A slight chance of rain showers before 9am, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 9am and noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday : A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tuesday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Wednesday : A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Thursday : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.

Thursday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Friday : Showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.

Friday Night : A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Saturday : A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.

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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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