Great views of the 10 Mile Range and easy access to the Crystal Lakes and Mohawk Lake's Basin, complete with a sauna.

Located at 11,360' and owned by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, Francies Cabin was built in memory of Frances Lockwood Bailey in 1994 and is located just a short distance (5 mile drive, 1.05 mile hike) from town of Breckenridge, Colorado.

It has a summer and winter capacity of 20 people and includes a wood burning sauna. To stay at Francie's Cabin you must make a reservation as day-use is not allowed except in cases of emergency.

To get there drive south out of Breckenridge on 9 and go right on Spruce Creek Road just past Goose Pasture Tarn on your left. Stay to your left all the way till the road ends in a large parking area. 

In the summer 4WD vehicles can continue onwards, shortening the route. Hikers should take the shorter but much more difficult Crystal Lake's trail / 4WD road to the right. The trail is clearly marked, including the turnoff to Francie's.

Cell phone service is unreliable at the cabin and in winter months the 4WD roads are unusable. 

Pack List

  • Nutrition/food
  • Water and/or filtration system
  • Season-appropriate attire
  • A reservation
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RT Distance 1.09 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Snowboarding, Chillin, Photography, Running, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Features
Adult Beverages
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Lake
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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