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Backcountry Shelters

Postby tlongpine » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:00 pm

Is there a list of Backcountry huts/shelters that exist within public land in Colorado?

If not - let's start that list here.
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby Presto » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:09 pm

The Arestua Hut (maintained by the CMC, but open to the public). You leave from the Eldora Ski area (there's an overnight parking area just before the gated entrance). They don't take reservations ... it's on a first-come first-served basis. Donations are accepted (and suggested). The upper loft sleeps 4. The main floor, with the wood burning stove, sleeps probably 7 if you know each other well. Otherwise, comfortably, it sleeps 4-5. I've seen it so packed that there's people sleeping on the floor. There's a kitchen area. There's an outhouse within a short walk. The woodpile is maintained in the summertime by volunteers. There's some dishes/cookware, but in the past, I have always brought my own. Clean up after yourselves. We have probably spent at least 5 New Year's Eves there, and many more Friday nights there in late January. Friday nights work better because you see less people (Saturday nights can tend to get crowded). We've cross-country skied up there many times, though not in recent years due to crappy conditions. Snowshoed it too. From the ski area, it is an up, then down, then up affair. We've always done a midnight hike to the "top of the hill" to look at the stars and down on the city lights of Boulder. Happy trails! :-D Just a clarification, this ain't the Ritz Carlton or anything as fancy as the 10th mountain system ... it's basic, but sometimes that's all you need.
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby Scott P » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:15 pm

Many are on the site below:

http://www.huts.org/

I assume you already know of those though?
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby peter303 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:16 pm

Westword Magazine had a guide to the "party huts" last year.
http://www.westword.com/2012-03-01/news/mountain-smoke-shacks/
They sounded interesting. But this may not be what you are looking for.

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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby dehrlich101 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:24 pm

The Green Creek Shelter - Located on Segment 15 of the Colorado Trail/CDT



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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby George James » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:27 pm

Stop this right now. Stop it.
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby ajkagy » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:30 pm

George James wrote:Stop this right now. Stop it.


yea, stop this non-sense, everybody knows the best free backcountry huts are secret and for locals only :)
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby tlongpine » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:43 pm

Scott P wrote:Many are on the site below:

http://www.huts.org/

I assume you already know of those though?


Yeah, looking to flesh out a list of huts like the Deluge Lake Hut, the Notch Mountain Shelter, the Conundrum Shelter (RIP), etc.
I am unable to walk away from the mountain without climbing it. An unclimbed mountain tugs at my consciousness with the eternal weight of time itself. Until I've pressed my face into it's alpine winds, hugged it's ancient granite walls, and put it's weathered summit beneath my heal I'm unable to resist it's attraction.Knowing nature gives the mountain more time than she gives us adds urgency to the obsession. As has been said before; the mountain doesn't care.

It can wait forever. I cannot.

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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:49 pm

There's the A-Frame on Barr Trail, Pikes Peak.
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:48 pm

There have been rumors that this one spontaneously appears off the back of a snowmobile in various backcountry skiing locales on public land throughout the state. With 6-10 rowdy skiers occupying it. I can neither confirm nor deny.

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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby winmag4582001 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:43 pm

Here's the cabin on James Lake. It may be a little breezy but you could hall in some burlap and cover the holes.
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Re: Backcountry Shelters

Postby rijaca » Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:32 pm

There is this cabin off of Marshall Pass...

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