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Summer Hut Trip, Fish, Grab a Peak

The 10th Mountain Division Hut

Hike up 4 miles to one of the largest and best huts in the system.  Fish at Slide Lake (yes, there are trout here), or trek up to the top of Homestake Peak.  No tents or cooking implements required.

You MUST personally sign up with the 10th Mountain Division staff for reservations for the huts  by phone at[masked]-5775.

Nestled at timberline below the majestic peaks of the Colorado Continental Divide, 10th Mountain Division Hut forms a perfect destination for a single hut trip.  In summer, dozens of hiking and cycling routes start or end just outside the door. Completed during the summer of 1989, the hut was built in honor of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, using funds donated by 10th Mountain Division Veterans Bill Boddington, Col. Pete Peterson, Maury Kuper, and Bill Bowerman.

Layout and capacity: Upstairs: 2 private bedrooms, 1 with 6 beds, 1 with 4 beds, and a communal sleeping area with 1 double bed and 4 single beds. Capacity 16.

Hut Location:

10th Mountain Division Hut is located just a few miles east of the Continental Divide at 11,370' in the Rocky Mountains of central Colorado, nearest town is the city of Leadville.

Summer Trail Access

Trailhead: Crane Park, Elevation: 10,137' Route: Via FS 100 and FS 145 (Slide Lake Rd, extreme 4WD road - periodically closed or impassible), Total Mileage: 4.4

Water @ 10th Mountain: A stream flowing southeast from Slide Lake can be accessed on the east side of the hut or down the Slide Lake road approximately 1/2 mile from the hut. There is also a small stream feeding the marshy meadow directly west of hut. 10th Mountain has a cistern for wash water.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, I would love to go but I have to work. That's where we do our cross country trips in Feb.

    August 5, 2014

    • Dave M.

      Me too, this is one of my favorite winter hut trips

      August 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I haven't done that one yet. I'm fairly new to this hut trip group. Next Feb will be 20 yrs., a group of 14 women. A few of us will snowshoe in again.

      August 6, 2014

  • Lorraine H.

    are you planning to stay over the night? How much further is it hiking up to Homestake Peak...a good trail or rocky? Carpooling?

    August 4, 2014

    • Dave M.

      I am staying 3 days and 2 nights, returning Wednesday. Checkout time is 1 PM. I will not be carpooling as I will be coming from a campsite at Lake Dillon nor will I myself hike Homestake although I have previously. Slide Lake and the 10th Mountain Memorial Hut lie .4 mile northeast and 1,483 feet below. There are no trails or climbers trails leading to the summit. Homestake Peak has a broad east shoulder which provides easy access to the summit. However, to gain access to this sholder one must cross the lower meadow, muliple stream crossings and wetlands. As an alternative, there is a shorter albeit steeper shoulder just to the south of Slide Lake (or north or Homestake Peak). This particular route provides quicker and easier (less muddy & wet) access and will deposit you onto the north ridge between Point 12,635 and Homestake Peak.

      August 6, 2014

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