• Activities:

    Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Backpacking

  • Skill Level:

    Advanced

  • Season:

    Winter

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2500 Feet

Bathrooms
Forest
Groups
Scenic

Ski to a backcountry cabin high in the Colorado mountains, far away from cities and people.

Fowler-Hilliard hut sits at 11,500 ft on a forested ridge of Resolution Mountain, with easy access to intermediate and expert backcountry skiing right out the door. This newer hut was built in 2010 after the original hut burned down from a lightning strike. The hut comes stocked with padded mattresses, wood stoves & fuel, propane burners, all cookware and utensils, some games/puzzles/books, guitar, and sitting and eating areas. The hut sleeps up to 16 people.

The most popular route to the hut starts at the Pando Trailhead in Camp Hale and follows McCallister Gulch. The distance to the hut is between 6-7 miles depending on whether the Eagle River has a snow bridge present for crossing.  The route is strenuous with 2500+ ft of gain (a steep section gains 800 ft in 1 mile) and requires backcountry skis, split-board, or snowshoes; while you can probably attempt this in nordic skis, I wouldn't recommend it due to the very steep sections with tight turns. Route info and other approaches can be found here: huts.org/The_Huts/fowler_hilliard. Once on the more open ridge navigation requires a map or GPS as the trail markers are hard to spot. Approaching the hut might require traveling through avalanche terrain in the gulley at the trail's end.

Nearby Nova Guides is available for snowmobile/snowcat shuttle service. 

Pack List

  • Reservations: huts.org
  • Snow transportation: Backcountry Skis w/ skins, Snowshoes, Splitboard
  • Avalanche safety gear: Beacon, Probe, Shovel, Avy Air Bag (optional)
  • Winter travel/topo maps: huts.org/In_The_Field/system_maps.php
  • Food & Water: Huts have gas stoves and snow can be melted for water
  • Snacks
  • Coffee/Hot chocolate
  • Backpack
  • Ski wear & warm layers
  • Down booties or warm footwear
  • Sleeping bag: Huts are heated with a wood stove and depending where you sleep a lightweight bag might be enough
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
  • Adult beverages for après
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Jason Hatfield Explorer

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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