Broome Hut Opens Near Berthoud Pass

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Grand Hut's Broome Hut Opens Near Berhoud Pass

Grand Hut’s Broome Hut Opens Near Berhoud Pass

There is a new hut open in the Colorado backcountry- and is open for outdoor enthusiasts! Located on the west side of Berthoud Pass, the Broome Hut makes backcountry living luxurious. Expected padded beds, a kitchen stock full of utensils, a pellet stove, compostable toilets and a warm fire all inside a cabin built from beetle kill wood. Powered by solar panels, the hut won’t take you too far outside your comfort zone. Plus, it’s peaceful being in such a remote area with some of your greatest friends, even if sacrificing a down comforter and hot shower. Especially if it means you are you are seconds away from untouched trails once the sun comes up over the mountaintop. And, the chance of fresh snow is nearly guaranteed- the Second Creek Basin sees over 500 inches of snow a year in the 11,000 foot elevation.

Grand Hut's Broome Hut Opens Near Berhoud Pass

Grand Hut’s Broome Hut Opens Near Berhoud Pass

Getting there will wake up your quads after climbing a steep 1.5 miles through snow packed trails. If you need more of a workout- there are still plenty of treasured trails to explore past the hut headquarters.

**Inside you will find 16 beds. There are 2 bunkrooms, each with 6 beds, along with 2 private rooms that sleep 2. There is also a day-use room at the hut that is separated from the overnight area.

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Hut Hut Hike to Francie’s Cabin in Breckenridge, CO

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Hut hut hike! Situated near timberline in the White River National Forest, outdoorists will find Francie’s Cabin cozied away off Peak 10 in Breckenridge, Colorado. The hut is named after Frances Bailey who died in a plane crash in 1989. Now standing in her name is a 20 person cabin connecting strangers as friends after taking a trek through the back country to top off at 11,264 feet.

As far as hut trips go, Francie’s marked as an intermediate trail, is an excellent start for beginner backpackers. About two miles up the Spruce Creek Trail head you will meet the smells of burning firewood and the doors of the warming cabin. There are six bedrooms with bunks and twin sized beds spread throughout. The large comfortable seating area, window seats with comfy pads or the upstairs library are excellent places to wind down. The view from the porch looks across several peaks. Uphill from Francie’s are steep spring skiing runs and winter backcountry tree skiing.

The beauty of a hut trip is the appeal of “toughing” it in the backcountry without packing up all the necessary gear. Inside the solar-powered cabin, you will find a wood burning stove equipped with firewood, propane cook tops, indoor composting bathrooms, twin size bunks with mattresses and pillows, cooking and eating utensils and cleaning supplies.

There is also a sauna fueled by a wood stove next door the cabin. Winter hut users will find large pots at the huts for melting snow.Which means all you really need to bring is a sleeping bag, food, and clothes to match the season.

Remember to pack out what you pack in and leave the cabin in the order you found it. The cabin is open July 1 to September 30 for summer and Thanksgiving through the first week in May. Reservations are made with the 10th Mountain Division Hut System at www.Huts.org or (970)-925-5775. Keep in mind huts are booked to a 20 person capacity. The price is $35 a night per person.

The Trail to Francie’s: There are a few trail options to getting to Francie’s depending on the level of difficulty you are looking for. You can either ski, or snowshoe in the winter or hike in the summer. You can take either the Crystal Creek (1.09 miles), the Spruce Creek (1.8 miles) or the Burro Trail Head (2.96 miles)

More about 10th Mountain Division Hut System: There are 30 huts connected by 350 miles of trail that are open in summer and winter. Backcountry trails vary in difficulty level making a fit for experiences mountaineers to kids. Gallery not found. Please check your settings.

Visit http://www.huts.org/ to find out what hut suits you best.

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