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Sisters Cabin

Perched at the edge of a high meadow on the slopes of Bald Mountain, just outside Breckenridge, the Sisters Cabin is the newest addition to the Summit Huts Association. Completed in 2018 to honor a close-knit group of women who have found sisterhood and solace in the mountains of Colorado, the beautifully built Sisters Cabin has stunning views of the Tenmile Range.

Hut Information

Owned By

Summit Huts Association

Open

Winter

Winter Mileage*

3.7

Closest Town

Breckenridge

Hut Elevation

11,473 '

Cumulative Elevation Gain *

1,189'

Layout

3 Upstairs Bedrooms: The small south facing bedroom has 2 single beds, the large bedroom has 3 sets of single bunkbeds and 2 single beds, and the north facing bedroom has 2 sets of single bunkbeds.

Hutmasters and Volunteers: SHA realizes that groups that reserve the entire cabin are seeking privacy. However, SHA does not prevent hutmasters or volunteers from staying in the downstairs Hutmasters’ Quarters, even when one group has booked the cabin. All hutmasters and volunteers are expected to respect the privacy of cabin guests while carrying out their maintenance duties. Maintenance staff is at the cabin once a week and guests should not be surprised to encounter hutmasters or volunteers during their visit.

*from French Gulch Trailhead

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

Propane

Refrigeration

No

Water

Cistern, Snow Melt**

Toilet

Composting Toilet

Ada Accessible

Yes

Sauna

Yes

Fire Ring

No

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

No


** Winter only
Applies to the hut structure, not to route considerations

Details

  • Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
  • Propane for kitchen burners and oven
  • Plastic bins and outside cupboard for cold food storage
  • Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove (bring your own filter)
  • Hand pump in kitchen dispenses water from cistern filled with roof-catchment system (suggested use of cistern water is for cleaning only)
  • Indoor composting toilet, toilet paper
  • Wood-fired sauna available year-round
  • 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

Capacity

14

Price

$50/person/night

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

Location

39.4738, -105.9782

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Boreas Pass Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Breckenridge/Tennessee Pass

USFS

Map : White River National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

Sisters Cabin can be accessed via a winter ski route from the French Gulch Trailhead east of Breckenridge. There are numerous backcountry skiing options around Sisters Cabin, the most obvious being the open slopes above the hut. If time and avalanche conditions permit, you can explore all the way out the long, winding ridge that makes up the Bald Mountain massif.

NO MOTORIZED ACCESS: During the winter season (November to May), motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles, are prohibited on Baldy Mountain. Violators may be subject to fines. Please access Sisters Cabin under your own power, carrying your own gear.

Sisters Cabin Winter Information & Parking Permit PDF

Routes

Sisters Cabin from French Gulch Trailhead/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

3.7

Trailhead Elevation

10,300'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,189'

Hut-Specific Weather

Today : Sunny. High near 26, with temperatures falling to around 23 in the afternoon. West wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Tonight : Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind around 10 mph.

Thursday : Sunny. High near 31, with temperatures falling to around 27 in the afternoon. West northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Thursday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as 0. West wind 12 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Friday : Sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

Friday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 18.

Saturday : A chance of snow after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Saturday Night : Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Sunday : Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Sunday Night : Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Monday : A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Monday Night : A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.

Tuesday : A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 25. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Tuesday Night : A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.

Contents

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 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.

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