Harry Gates Hut from Montgomery Flats Trailhead

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Route Description

Park at the Montgomery Flats Trailhead. From the trailhead, travel west out of the parking lot on the marked 10th Mountain trail past an old corral. The trail quickly swings north and then back east as you wind around private land. Please respect all signed boundaries. The trail eventually intersects an old two-track which climbs to Montgomery Flats (9,100 feet). Stay on the trail NE through Montgomery Flats for 1 1/2 miles to a junction with the Burnt Mountain Road at 9,560 feet. The Burnt Mountain Road is a wide, distinct road-cut. From the junction, follow the Burnt Mountain Road as it takes a northerly tack with several switchbacks for 1 1/2 miles to the road summit at 10,030 feet. You can navigate by how many times you pass under the power lines—four times to the road summit.

Consider removing your skins at the road summit and very gradually descend through beautiful evergreen forest 1 3/4 miles to a clearing at 9,566 feet. At the clearing, turn right (NE) off the road and ski 1/4 mile (134 vertical feet) up the hill to the northeast of the road, unlock the door of the hut, and make tea.

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

Trailhead Directions

From the 4-way stop sign in Basalt at Two Rivers Road and the Fryingpan River Road, follow the Fryingpan River Road approximately 26 miles to a marked driveway on the North side of the road (the street number is 26501).


Please park in the plowed designated area for hut users and do not block the driveway.