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Polar Star Inn & Seipel Hut Seipel Hut

The Seipel Hut is a privately owned 6 person backcountry hut, booked by 10th Mountain. The Seipel Hut, Formerly known as Carl’s Cabin was built in 1993, and provides a unique private hut experience. Located just below timberline at 11,040′ it offers access to excellent skiing and hiking on New York Mountain, and access to the rugged Holy Cross Wilderness. Next door is the Polar Star Inn, which is booked separately but often used in conjunction with the Seipel Hut for larger parties needing additional capacity.

Hut Information

Owned By

Privately Owned

Open

Summer / Winter

Winter Mileage*

5.8

Closest Town

Eagle

Hut Elevation

11,040'

Cumulative Elevation Gain*

2,116'

Layout

Main Level: 1 large bedroom with a queen bed. Upstairs: 2 private rooms with 1 queen bed each.

*from Yeoman Park Trailhead (Winter)

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

No

Refrigeration

No

Water

Spring Fed

Toilet

Outhouse, Covered Walkway

Ada Accessible

No

Sauna

Yes

Fire Ring

Yes*

Grill

Yes

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

Yes*

* Summer only

Details

  • Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
  • Propane for lights, kitchen burners, grill on deck
  • The cistern is spring fed. Running water is not a guarantee, snow melt in winter, or filling jugs from a hydrant in summer may be required.
  • Attached outhouse, toilet paper
  • Shared wood-fired sauna year-round, located in separate building between Polar Star and Seipel Hut
  • Shared firepit summer only, located in-between Polar Star and Seipel Hut
  • Pots, pans, potholders, dishware, cooking and eating utensils, percolator or French press, salt & pepper
  • Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags
  • Mattresses , pillows

Book This Hut

Seipel Hut

Capacity

6

Price

$400/night

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Location

39.522298, -106.6334477

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Charles Peak N/S Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Eagles's Nest/Holy Cross; Eagle/Avon

USFS

Map : White River National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

The most common route into the Seipel Hut follows the Newcomer Spring route to just above Fulford at Nolan Creek, and from there, another 1,000 ft climb to the hut. In case of low snow conditions it is also possible to take Fulford Road (which is used by snowmobile traffic) from Yeoman Park to the Nolan Creek turnoff at Fulford, and from there follow the final 1,000 vert of single track. Navigation can be tricky on either route due to old abandoned roads and jeep trails so keep your map and compass handy and watch for the blue diamonds marking the routes.

The other route into Seipel Hut leaves from West Lake Creek south of Edwards. This route is less traveled and passes through a wilderness area so route finding can be more challenging. This route is also longer and gains more elevation than the routes from Yeoman Park so it is best attempted by more experienced backcountry travelers.

IMPORTANT HUT TRIP INFORMATION for MAY and JUNE RESERVATIONS: Travel conditions during May and June are highly variable. Suggested routes may be entirely snow covered, partially covered, muddy or dry. Be prepared to hike and carry skis with skins or snowshoes. Get an early start! Travelling early in the day is generally easier and faster because colder temperatures create a firmer surface. As temperatures rise, this surface changes and travel can become challenging and slow. The USFS closure gate at Yeoman Park is closed until May 21 regardless of conditions, and may remain closed after that date depending on conditions. Once open, high clearance 4 wheel drive is suggested. Call 970.925.5775 for the latest field reports.

Routes

Seipel Hut from Yeoman Park Trailhead via Newcomer Spring

Total Mileage

5.7

Trailhead Elevation

9,060'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,341'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

356'

Seipel Hut from Yeoman Park Trailhead via Fulford Road/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

5.8

Trailhead Elevation

9,060'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,116'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

122'

Seipel Hut from West Lake Creek Trailhead via Holy Cross Wilderness

Total Mileage

6.9

Trailhead Elevation

8,220'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

3,076'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

276'

Hut to Hut/Seipel Hut to Peter Estin via Ironedge Trail

Total Mileage

7.5

Trailhead Elevation

11,040'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,275'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

2,133'

Hut to Hut/Seipel Hut to Peter Estin via Hat Creek Road

Total Mileage

13.0

Trailhead Elevation

11,040'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,349'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

2,203'

During the summer the most common access to the Seipel Hut is driving up the Fulford Road (Forest Road 418) to the summer closure gate approximately 1/4 mile from the hut. This road requires careful driving of a high clearance 4WD vehicle. If you prefer to hike, the Newcomer Spring route is the most commonly used access. Bikes are best served to ride the road access. Hiking in from West Lake Creek is also possible during the summer and there have been some recent improvements to this trail, but route finding challenges still exist on this lightly traveled route, and large downed trees a re common occurrence. Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.

Once at the Seipel Hut, you can hike to the top of New York Peak or pick up the Nolan Lakes Trail for a beautiful hike to a high alpine basin. There are many areas of the Holy Cross Wilderness to explore, including access to the rugged, austere, and lightly traveled Gold Dust Basin and New York Lake

Summer Water Source Information
Summer Hut Information PDF

IMPORTANT HUT TRIP INFORMATION for MAY and JUNE RESERVATIONS: Travel conditions during May and June are highly variable. Suggested routes may be entirely snow covered, partially covered, muddy or dry. Be prepared to hike and carry skis with skins or snowshoes. Get an early start! Travelling early in the day is generally easier and faster because colder temperatures create a firmer surface. As temperatures rise, this surface changes and travel can become challenging and slow. The USFS closure gate at Yeoman Park is closed until May 21 regardless of conditions, and may remain closed after that date depending on conditions. Once open, high clearance 4 wheel drive is suggested. Call 970.925.5775 for the latest field reports.

Routes

4WD High Clearance to Seipel Hut via FS Road 418

Total Mileage

8.6

Trailhead Elevation

9,060'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,242'

Hike on Dirt Road/Trail Combo to Polar Star Inn & Seipel Hut from West Lake Creek Trailhead

Total Mileage

10.5

Trailhead Elevation

8,220'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

3,452'

Weather

Current Condition

Today

Mostly Sunny then Slight Chance Snow Showers
40˚ F

Mostly Sunny then Slight Chance Snow Showers

5 to 15 mph
Winds

A slight chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight

Mostly Clear
28˚ F

Mostly Clear

5 to 15 mph
Winds

Mostly clear, with a low around 28. East wind 5 to 15 mph.

Thursday

Sunny
46˚ F

Sunny

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night

Clear
31˚ F

Clear

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Clear, with a low around 31. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday

Sunny
48˚ F

Sunny

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 48. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night

Clear
32˚ F

Clear

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Clear, with a low around 32.

Saturday

Sunny
50˚ F

Sunny

5 to 15 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 50.

Saturday Night

Clear
33˚ F

Clear

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Clear, with a low around 33.

Sunday

Sunny
49˚ F

Sunny

5 to 15 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 49.

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear
33˚ F

Mostly Clear

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Mostly clear, with a low around 33.

Columbus Day

Sunny
48˚ F

Sunny

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 48.

Monday Night

Mostly Clear
32˚ F

Mostly Clear

5 to 10 mph
Winds

Mostly clear, with a low around 32.

Tuesday

Sunny
48˚ F

Sunny

10 to 15 mph
Winds

Sunny, with a high near 48.

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Rain And Snow Showers
32˚ F

Slight Chance Rain And Snow Showers

10 mph
Winds

A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

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Notices

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 always open. While deep snow, bad weather, and white-out conditions are to be anticipated on any trip, a hut credit may be issued if a trip is cancelled due to avalanche danger associated with an extreme avalanche cycle. To be considered for a hut credit, please send us a detailed letter and we will respond in writing as soon as we can. We are sorry, but hut credits can not be approved over the phone.

The following observations were collected from staff members, guides and hut users. We welcome new information. Avalanche size/destructive force is based on SWAG-Snow, Weather and Avalanche Guidelines of the American Avalanche Association

Size-Destructive Force

    • D1 Relatively harmless to humans
    • D2 Could bury or injure a person
    • D3 Could bury a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few trees
    • D4 Could destroy a railroad car, large truck, several buildings, or a substantial amount of forest.
    • D5 Could gouge the landscape, largest snow avalanches known.

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