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High Lonesome Hut
High Lonesome hut is nestled on a timbered mountainside, built on an historic logging claim and operated by the father/son team of Andy and Skyler Miller. Andy, a contractor in Grand County for 25 years, designed and built this hybrid timber frame hut in 1995 with tight interior log work for a cabin feel. Miller grew up in a family-owned lodge – the Idlewild Inn at Winter Park – so he has made sure that High Lonesome extends the same family-style mountain experience. Andy’s two sons helped their father as young children. “When I was five, I remember pounding nails for floorboards,” reflects Skyler, who is a builder in his own right.
The hut sits on a wooded peninsula at the edge of meadow and is named for a nearby mountain where ski touring is inviting through conifer forests and open glades, and where routes go off the property onto Forest lands opening to vistas of the Front Range and surrounding ranges.
High Lonesome is an ideal beginner/intermediate hut trip given its moderate altitude of 9,300 feet when compared to most of the far higher 10th Mountain Huts. Many High Lonesome visitors are first time hut users because the Hut is accessible to anyone in good physical condition and is an excellent playground for children. The trail is a short 2.5 miles over rolling terrain that climbs 600 feet.
Another unique aspect of the hut is that dogs are welcome. This is the only hut reserved by 10th Mountain that allows dogs.
Summer / Winter
Cumulative Elevation Gain*
Main Level: Bunk bed (2 singles). Upstairs: 3 singles and 1 double in a communal sleeping area, 2 singles and 1 double in a separate room. Downstairs: Bunk bed (2 singles).
Please respect High Lonesome Hut’s maintenance crew and the next guests by not allowing your dog (welcome at this hut only), onto the beds or furniture. We suggest you bring a dog bed if your companion needs a padded refuge. Thank you.
Note About Layout & Capacity: When planning your guest list, be sure to consider this hut’s unique layout. The hut is set up with beds for 12; however, the well-appointed kitchen and indoor bathroom are quite small, and while the amazing built-in dining table can fit 12 – it might be a tight fit! There’s also a seating nook, but keep in mind these seats do not surround a heat stove, which is strategically located downstairs to maximize heating the hut. If concerned about space, you might consider a party size of less than 12.
*from Meadow Creek Trailhead
- Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
- Propane is provided for full sized 4 burner gas range with standard oven
- Cooler for food storage
- Potable hot and cold running water in kitchen and indoor bathroom
- Bathroom has flush toilet, toilet paper and shower
- 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
- Portable crib
- CD player, guitar
- Sledding tubes
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Mostly sunny. High near 49, with temperatures falling to around 45 in the afternoon. West northwest wind 7 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 2 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 2 to 12 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Clear, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 2 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 53. West southwest wind 2 to 9 mph.
Clear, with a low around 31.
Sunny, with a high near 59.
Clear, with a low around 34.
Sunny, with a high near 59.
Clear, with a low around 34.
Sunny, with a high near 58.
Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Sunny, with a high near 57.
Partly Cloudy then Slight Chance Rain And Snow Showers
A slight chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
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.