The Huts > 10th Mountain Division Hut Association > Jackal Hut
Located near timberline in an area used by 10th Mountain troops during their war training in the 1940s, Jackal Hut has good nearby skiing and terrific views of several stunning 14,000-foot peaks. The hut was built with money donated by Jack Schuss and Al Zesiger, two strong supporters of 10th Mountain (the name is an eponymous combo of Jack-Al).
10th Mountain Division Hut Association
Summer / Winter
Cumulative Elevation Gain *
Upstairs: 1 room with 3 single beds, 1 room with 4 single beds, and 10 single beds in a communal sleeping area.
*from South Camp Hale Trailhead
Cistern, 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 and cooking)
- 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, salt & pepper
- Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper
- Solar powered lights
- Mattresses, pillows
Book This Hut
Today : A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight : A chance of snow showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. West northwest wind 0 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West northwest wind 0 to 10 mph.
Friday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 9. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday : Sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
Sunday : Patchy blowing snow between 11am and noon. Sunny, with a high near 35.
Sunday Night : Snow showers likely after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Monday : Snow showers and areas of blowing snow before 5pm, then snow showers likely and patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 32. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Monday Night : Snow showers and patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 23. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Tuesday : Snow showers and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a high near 27. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Tuesday Night : Snow showers likely and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Wednesday : A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday Night : A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.
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.