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Skinner Hut

Owned by 10th Mountain, Skinner Hut breaks from common design by having only one story. The Continental Divide is close by, as are plenty of other options for high routes and ski descents. A superb view from the hut’s east windows includes the 14,036-foot summit of Mount Sherman in the Mosquito Mountains east of Leadville. Skinner Hut is named in honor of William Wood Skinner, 10th Mountain Division veteran. Funding was donated by Skinner’s sister Elizabeth Guenzel, with construction completed in 1990.

 

Hut Information

Owned By

10th Mountain Division Hut Association

Open

Summer / Winter

Winter Mileage*

10.8

Closest Town

Leadville

Hut Elevation

11,620 '

Cumulative Elevation Gain *

2,678'

Layout

3 small rooms with double beds, additional 10 beds in communal sleeping area.

*from Turquoise Lake Trailhead

Amenities

Heat

Wood

Oven

Wood

Refrigeration

No

Water

Cistern, Stream*, Snow Melt**

Toilet

Outhouse

Ada Accessible

Yes

Sauna

No

Fire Ring

Yes*

Grill

No

Dogs

No

Charging

None

Gear Cart

Yes*

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

Details

  • Firewood, starter paper, matches, axes
  • Propane for kitchen burners
  • Cupboard or closet for cold food storage
  • Snow collection buckets and large pot for melting snow on wood-burning heat stove (suggested use of snowmelt water is for drinking)
  • Hand pump in kitchen sink dispenses water from roof-top cistern (suggested use of cistern water is for cleaning only)
  • Pots, pans, potholders, dishware, cooking and eating utensils, percolator, salt & pepper
  • Paper towels, dish soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, trash bags, toilet paper
  • Solar powered lights
  • Mattresses, pillows

Book This Hut

Capacity

16

Price

$37/person/night*
*Children 12 & Under 50% Off

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

Location

39.266018, -106.463356

Official 10th Mountain Division Map

CalTopo

Winter Map : Continental Divide E/W + Betty Bear Map

View / Print

National Geographic

Map : Eagles Nest/Holy Cross; Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir

USFS

Map : San Isabel National Forest

Trailheads/Routes

Because of steep terrain and possible avalanche danger, no route to the Skinner Hut is moderate. Indeed, more than one party has realized that the hut’s name comes close to that of an essential piece of equipment for every route to the hut: climbing skins. The Glacier Creek route is the most popular ascent to the Skinner Hut, but involves an extremely steep climb and descent. Busk Creek has easier skiing, but involves more route-finding and distance. These are the longest ski in to any of our huts and much of the climbing comes in the last 3 miles. Hut users should start early and be prepared for a long day. Narrow, short skins or Nordic kick wax is recommended for the ski around Turquoise Lake. Skiing from the Skinner Hut to Betty Bear Hut via Hagerman Pass is relatively benign, but does involve plenty of travel above treeline where wind and whiteouts can foil the best mountaineers.

Winter Hut Information PDF

Routes

Skinner Hut from Turquoise Lake Trailhead via Glacier Creek/Standard Winter Route

Total Mileage

10.8

Trailhead Elevation

9,760'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

2,678'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

816'

Hut to Hut/Skinner Hut to Betty Bear Hut

Total Mileage

4.1

Trailhead Elevation

11,100'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

475'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

1,000'

Hut to Hut/Skinner Hut to Uncle Bud's Hut

Total Mileage

6.3

Trailhead Elevation

11,620'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,823'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

2,082'

The Skinner Hut sits just off Hagerman Pass Road (FS 105) and that is the most common access during the summer. There are no established hiking trails connecting this hut. Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.

There is not a lot of hiking around the Skinner Hut but there are some old railroad tunnels and remnants of the old Basalt/Midland Railroad south of the hut. For a long day trip you could attempt a high alpine hike all the way to the summit of Mt. Massive.

Summer Water Source Information
Summer Hut Information PDF

Routes

Extreme 4WD High Clearance to Skinner Hut from Basalt via FS Rd 105 (aka Hagerman Pass Rd)

Trailhead Elevation

0'

Extreme 4WD High Clearance to Skinner Hut from Leadville via FS Rd 105 (aka Hagerman Pass Rd)

Trailhead Elevation

0'

Hut-Specific Weather

Today : Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind around 15 mph.

Tonight : Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday : A chance of snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. West southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Thursday Night : Snow showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday : A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around one inch possible.

Friday Night : Snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday : Snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Saturday Night : Snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 25. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sunday : Snow showers likely before noon, then snow showers likely and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West northwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

Sunday Night : A chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday : Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

Monday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

Tuesday : Sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.

Tuesday Night : Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Southwest wind around 15 mph.

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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