Hut to Hut/Margy's Hut to McNamara Hut

Total Mileage

8.2

Trailhead Elevation

11,300'

Cumulative Elevation Gain

1,153'

Cumulative Elevation Loss

2,087'

Route

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Route Description

HUT TO HUT distances are usually longer than from trailhead to hut. Use winter specific topographic maps. Routes between huts are not often used so may not be tracked; navigation and breaking trail may be particularly challenging.

This suggested route between Margy’s and McNamara huts travels mostly through a dense conifer forest. From Margy’s Hut, ski northeast about 1 ½ miles to Sawmill Park at elevation 10,950. Follow the Spruce Creek drainage down about 1,560’ and about 3 ¼ miles to the junction of the Spruce Creek Trail and Woody Creek Trail at about 9,500’. Keep a careful eye out for this junction – use your map, altimeter and GPS. Travel up along Woody Creek about a mile to 9,900’ and look for a crossing across Woody Creek. Climb across the hillside through the forest and across an opening which is a significant boulder field (hope for good snow cover). To aid navigation across this opening, look for tree blazes on large evergreens. Continue to climb north to about 10,200 then look for the evident platform of an old road (pre-wilderness). At this point the McNamara Hut is about 2 miles away. The first mile is a gradual climb of about 400 feet and then it’s easy flats the rest of the way to the McNamara Hut.

Locations of Observed or Reported Avalanche Activity: No avalanche activity has been reported along this suggested route.

 

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