Red Cliff, Colorado

Ski to Fowler-Hilliard Hut

6.5 Miles Total - 2500 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Jason Hatfield

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. 

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