Trips to the Braun and Friends’ Huts are a serious backcountry endeavor which demand careful planning, and the trained skills of travel and decision making in remote, avalanche terrain. These trips are not to be taken lightly even for the most experienced backcountry skier/rider. If you and your group do not have the equipment for and substantial experience with: decision making, and travel in serious avalanche terrain, and the use of navigation skills and tools in difficult conditions, choose another hut system or hire a professional guide.
In addition to the backcountry risks described below, the Alfred A. Braun Huts and Friends’ Hut are located in areas of serious avalanche terrain with recurring avalanche cycles. Routes to and between the huts are not marked or maintained.
Avalanche Cancellation Policy:
Because the Alfred A. Braun Huts and Friends’ Hut are located in areas of serious avalanche terrain with recurring avalanche cycles, an additional opportunity to cancel due to avalanche danger exists for these huts. Groups with reservations in these huts may cancel on the scheduled day of their trip (or the next business day) if the avalanche danger is higher than what their group feels comfortable with. These groups will be given a full hut credit for a future hut trip. This credit is not transferable between huts in the Braun Hut system (including the Friends’ Hut) and huts in the 10th Mountain system. No refunds will be given at any time, for any reason. Visit Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s website: https://avalanche.state.co.us for up to date avalanche information. If you or members of your party are generally uncomfortable travelling in serious avalanche terrain, consider alternative huts in the 10th Mountain system.
Skiing and wilderness travel in the Elk Mountains have inherent risks, hazards and dangers that cannot be eliminated; they are very real and not to be taken lightly. People have died or been seriously injured traveling and recreating in this area. A partial list of risks, hazards and dangers a backcountry user can
encounter using these huts include:
- Hazardous mountain environments with serious avalanche terrain where avalanches occur and where additional wilderness hazards exist that may not be obvious or visible (such as cliffs, hidden streams, etc.) where weather is changeable and unpredictable and can be extreme.
- Route finding and skiing in a wilderness environment where routes and slopes are not marked, maintained, controlled or patrolled, where snow conditions vary and change, and where above tree-line travel can be extremely difficult or impossible.
- Altitude sickness and exposure, especially if your groups become lost, delayed, or separated and members do not reach the hut.
- Travel in remote areas and use of simple huts where outside help will be slow to arrive, cannot be communicated with, or is unavailable due to conditions.
- Human factors, especially those related to group decision making and perceptions of expertise and differences in physical condition and skills.
The Huts > Alfred A Braun Hut System > Lindley Hut
The Lindley Hut is part of the Alfred Braun Hut System is located in the Elk Mountains between Aspen and Crested Butte. You can learn more about Colorado’s first hut system and how to support its work at www.braunhuts.org.
The Lindley Hut is one of the easiest to reach of all the huts in the Aspen area, but there are significant avalanche hazards along the way. From Ashcroft, the Cooper Creek Road takes skiers south up a gradual climb for three miles to where the hut is nestled in the woods just above Cooper Creek.
The road continues beyond toward the Pitkin Iron Mine on a series of gradual switchbacks where ski touring is pleasant for intermediates. For more advanced skiers, this road can link to the ridgetop beyond the mine for a remarkable high mountain traverse.
The Lindley Hut, formerly known as “The Ice Box” because of its all-concrete construction and lack of insulation, was renovated to include a hot-water solar-heated, radiant floor system with pumps powered by solar electric panels.
Alfred Lindley was a prominent lawyer and sportsman from Minnesota who was a principal of the National Ski Association (forerunner of the United States Ski Association). He died in a plane crash in 1950, and was honored as an enthusiast of alpine ski touring and mountaineering.
Alfred A Braun Hut System
Lindley hut is a one-level structure with loft that sleeps a total of 14 (4 doubles, 6 singles).
Outhouse, Covered Walkway
** Winter only
- Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
- Propane for kitchen burners
- Cooler for cold food storage
- Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove (bring your own filter)
- Pots, pans, potholders, dishware, cooking and eating utensils, percolator or French press, salt & pepper
- Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper
- Solar powered lighting
- Mattresses, pillows
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The Lindley Hut sits just a few hundred yards off the Cooper Creek Road near the base of Star Peak. The route in follows the road and makes for a gradual, low key trip. However the road does pass below various avalanche paths so you must exercise caution during times of elevated avalanche danger.
The Alfred Braun Hut System was designed to be a back-country SKI system. As such the Alfred Braun Hut System strongly discourages the use of snowmobiles for access to the huts. The hut system was created for non-motorized travel. As such, snowmobile use can often detract from this unique experience. Our huts are located on U.S. Forest Service land, and each hut has unique travel management restrictions as governed by Forest Service Travel Management Plans. Around the immediate environs of each Alfred Braun Hut is a USFS developed recreation site envelope with snowmobile restrictions. Access to and from each hut is managed within the Developed Recreation Site Boundary. Snowmobiles should not drive to the front door of any hut. There are no snowmobile play areas within the Developed Recreation Site boundaries. Snowmobiles are not allowed in Wilderness Areas, or on private land without permission. In the winter of 2010-2011, the fines for snowmobiling in the Wilderness Areas were $550 per snowmobile. You must know where you are if you expect to remain legal and safe. PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON A SNOWMOBILE TO GET YOURSELF OR YOUR EQUIPMENT TO A HUT.
Lindley Hut from Ashcroft Trailhead
Showers And Thunderstorms
Showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 45. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Snow showers and scattered thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Scattered Snow Showers then Partly Sunny
Scattered snow showers and isolated thunderstorms before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind 0 to 10 mph.
Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
Sunny, with a high near 53.
Clear, with a low around 27.
Sunny, with a high near 54.
Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Sunny, with a high near 54.
Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
Sunny, with a high near 54.
Mostly clear, with a low around 30.