Ken’s Cabin & Section House Ken’s Cabin
Ken’s Cabin is an intimate hut experience for two or three people. Also known as the historic Wagon Cabin, Ken’s was built in the 1860’s when Boreas Pass Road was a mere wagon trail over the Continental Divide. Sitting adjacent to Ken’s Cabin is the Section House which was built in 1882 to house the railroad men and their families who took care of a section of the Denver South Park & Pacific narrow gauge railway that ran from Denver to Leadville over Boreas Pass. These historic buildings, listed with the National Register of Historic Places, were carefully restored from 1992-97 with funding and assistance provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Park County, Texas A&M University, Colorado Department of Transportation, and Harris Construction. Summit Huts Association completed the upgrades to the Section House and Ken’s Cabin and has a special use permit to operate the buildings as winter ski huts. Ken’s Cabin is named in memory of Ken Graff who died in an avalanche near Breckenridge in 1995 at age 34.
Summit Huts Association
Cumulative Elevation Gain *
One small room with a double bed and a single day bed.
*from Boreas Pass Trailhead
** Winter only
- 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 (bring your own filter)
- Outhouse is shared by Ken's Cabin and Section House guests, toilet paper
- 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
Most hut users access Ken’s Cabin from the Boreas Pass trailhead. This is a gradual ski/snowshoe up an old railroad grade. There are access routes from the south that begin outside Como, but they aren’t used as often so some trail-breaking and navigation may be required.
NO MOTORIZED ACCESS: During the winter season (November to May), motorized access, including snowmobiles, is strictly prohibited on the Boreas Pass Road leading to Ken’s Cabin and/or the Section House. The winter gate at the Boreas Pass Trailhead is closed to all motorized vehicles during the winter months per the US Forest Service.
Ken's Cabin from Boreas Pass Trailhead/Standard Winter Route
Cumulative Elevation Gain
Ken's Cabin from Gold Dust Drop-Off/No Parking
Cumulative Elevation Gain
This Afternoon : A chance of snow showers and patchy blowing snow before 5pm, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy. High near 25, with temperatures falling to around 21 in the afternoon. Northwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Tonight : A chance of snow before 8pm. Partly cloudy. Low around 8, with temperatures rising to around 10 overnight. Wind chill values as low as -8. Northwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Friday : Patchy blowing snow. Sunny. High near 26, with temperatures falling to around 22 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind 21 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Friday Night : Patchy blowing snow before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -4. West northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
Saturday : Patchy blowing snow after 9am. Sunny, with a high near 33. West northwest wind 17 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Saturday Night : Patchy blowing snow. Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
Sunday : Patchy blowing snow before noon. Sunny, with a high near 35.
Sunday Night : A slight chance of snow between 11pm and 5am, then a chance of snow and patchy blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Monday : Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Monday Night : Snow and areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
Tuesday : Snow and areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Tuesday Night : Snow likely and areas of blowing snow before 5am, then areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Wednesday : Areas of blowing snow and a chance of snow before 11am, then a chance of snow and patchy blowing snow between 11am and 5pm, then patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.
Wednesday Night : Patchy blowing snow and a slight chance of snow before 5am. 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.