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Harry Gates Hut
The Harry Gates Hut is reminiscent of a refuge in the Austrian Tyrol, standing at the edge of a meadow above scenic Lime Park and against the high ridgeline of the Holy Cross Wilderness. Spacious windows look out on sunsets lighting spectacular Avalanche Peak, one of many summits in the Holy Cross portion of the Sawatch Range. Built in 1986, Gates was the fourth structure added to the 10th Mountain system. It is the largest of the 10th Mountain-owned huts, with a handsome deck and welcoming facade.
The hut was built with funds from the Gates Foundation as a memorial to the late Harry F. Gates, an outdoorsman with a deep and abiding love for the mountains. Harry Gates was also a soldier of the Tenth Mountain Division who enlisted in 1943, serving in Company B of the 87th. Harry was severely wounded by mortar and machine gun fire while fighting in the Po River Valley of Northern Italy. He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry badge. After the war, Harry worked for the Gates Rubber Company as Vice-President until his death from cancer in March 1955.
10th Mountain Division Hut Association
Summer / Winter
Cumulative Elevation Gain *
Main Level: 6 single beds. Upstairs: 2 private bedrooms with one double bed each, plus 6 beds in a communal sleeping area.
*from Montgomery Flats Trailhead
Stream*, Snow Melt**
* Summer only
** Winter only
- 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, cooking and cleaning)
- 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
This Afternoon : A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Tonight : A chance of snow showers before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Southwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
Friday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 0 to 10 mph.
Friday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 6. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
Saturday : Sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday Night : Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Sunday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Sunday Night : A chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Monday : A chance of snow showers before 7am, then snow showers and patchy blowing snow between 7am and 5pm, then snow showers likely and patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 39. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Monday Night : Snow showers and patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 22. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Tuesday : Snow showers and patchy blowing snow before 11am, then snow showers and areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 34. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Tuesday Night : Snow showers likely and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Wednesday : A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 27. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday Night : A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 5.
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.