Added by J.J. Benson
Scenic easy to moderate ski/snowshoeAccess to surrounding backcountry skiing opportunitiesDuration: Overnight to Multi-DayGorgeous day and night photo opportunitiesAccommodations for up to 12 people
Winter access to Maroon Hut in the historical Gothic townsite is by ski or snowshoe only. The ski out is 4 miles one way on moderate terrain to the Gothic Townsite, or roughly 1.5-2 hours depending on conditions.
Vehicles can be left overnight at the Gothic Trailhead, or you can take the local free shuttle out to the Gothic Trailhead.
As far as mountain huts are concerned, the Maroon Hut has raised the bar for backcountry amenities, including a full working kitchen, in floor heat, running water and wifi. It can be rented through the Crested Butte Nordic Center Website: cbnordic.org/maroon-hut/. You can also rent cross country skis through the Nordic Center.
Depending on the time of year, early evening and early morning offers great opportunities to see alpenglow across Crested Butte and Gothic Mountains. While the Milky way is usually most visible in the summer, due to the remoteness of the Gothic townsite, it was visible in the pre dawn hours of late March.
If you are interested in learning to take night photography, The Center for the Arts partners with local professional photographer Raynor Czerwinski to host a night photography workshop/hut trip to Maroon hut. Check the CFA website for dates and availability: crestedbuttearts.org.
- Sleeping bag
- Layers of Clothing
- Change of Warm Clothes
- Cross Country Ski's/ Snowshoes
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