Alerts

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.

Warning:
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.

Backcountry Risks:
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 > Markley Hut

Markley Hut

The Markley 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.

Markley Hut is the shortest distance – 2.3 miles – from a trailhead of any hut in the Elk Range, but entails avalanche risk because of the typically weak Colorado snowpack. Starting at the Ashcroft cross-country ski area south of Aspen on Castle Creek, the hut route is a gradual climb up Express Creek where the hut sits hidden among trees below the road at a low elevation, compared to other Braun Huts.

The Markley is quaint and cozy, a perfect shelter for a close group that wants to get closer. Ski touring is just out the door, but avalanche conditions are a constant concern among timbered basins and ridges of Green Mountain, with open slopes and regular historic avalanche runs.

Markley is often linked with the Goodwin-Greene Hut and access to Richmond Ridge several miles above. Skiers pass it on the way to Opa’s Taylor Hut, and day trippers note the smell of wood smoke as they pass by when the hut is occupied. For its proximity to the trailhead, the Markley feels remote, quiet and peaceful.

Hut Information

Owned By

Alfred A Braun Hut System

Open

Winter

Closest Town

Aspen

Hut Elevation

10,400 '

Elevation Max*

0

Layout

Markley hut is a one-level structure with loft that sleeps a total of 8 (2 doubles, 4 singles – 2 singles can be combined to make a double upstairs).

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

No

Refrigeration

No

Water

Snow Melt**

Toilet

Outhouse, Covered Walkway

Ada Accessible

No

Sauna

No

Fire Ring

No

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

No


** Winter only

Details

  • 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
  • Crocs

Book This Hut

Capacity

8

Price

$260/night

Visit our Online Booking Platform to search for availability and book this hut.

Location

39.033318, -106.783333

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Braun Huts Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Aspen, Independence Pass

USFS

Map : White River National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

The Markley Hut is located just off of Express Creek Road approximately 2.3 miles above Ashcroft. The trailhead and parking for Express Creek Road is just a few hundred yards before the Ashcroft trailhead parking on the left. The ski in is fairly gradual but does pass under 4 major avalanche paths.

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.

Snowmobile Restrictions: Express Creek Road is crossed by numerous active avalanche paths from Ashcroft Mountain, often resulting in steep, hard side hills which make snowmobile travel extremely tenuous. Consequently, the area is not a popular snowmobile destination or route. The Markley hut is surrounded by a developed hut site boundary envelope which extends approximately a half mile from the hut.

Braun Huts & Friends’ Hut Winter Information PDF

Routes

Markley Hut from Ashcroft Trailhead

Total Mileage

2.3

Trailhead Elevation

9,498'

Hut-Specific Weather

Today : A chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then showers and thunderstorms likely between noon and 2pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight : A chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Sunday : Sunny, with a high near 61. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

Sunday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

Monday : Sunny, with a high near 58.

Monday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Tuesday : Sunny, with a high near 53.

Tuesday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Juneteenth : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.

Wednesday Night : A slight chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly clear, with a low around 36.

Thursday : A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 57.

Thursday Night : A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

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