Added by Jack Henstridge
Broome Hut is a short, but steep all year-round hike, but offers great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well.
Once you reach the hut you are rewarded with incredible views of the Continental Divide, Berthoud Pass, and the Vasquez Peak Wilderness. The Cirque (bowl) is also accessible from above the hut for back country Skiing/Snowboarding. You can also continue out into the back-country if you wish.
Take I-70 from Denver and then US 40, go all the way to Mile marker 240 of US 40 and park in the area at the side of the road. The Second Creek trail head is just behind the parking area and is easy to find.
The trail climbs from a start at 10,600ft and finishes up at 11,325ft at the hut, but you can go higher.
The start of the trail is a dense pine tree forest, but it is way marked throughout (usually with colored poles or plaques on some trees). As the trees start to thin and fade the creek will bend away from the trail towards the South-West. The trail will then start to climb a steep hill up towards a large rock out-cropping. After this head towards a tall, dead, telephone pole shaped tree on the left side of the rock. As you pass the tree and rock outcropping the hut should become visible and the bowl should be on your left-hand side. The trail levels out towards the hut.
When you reach the hut you will have incredible views of the Cirque behind, and if you head towards the picnic bench slightly to the right of the hut you'll have even more stunning views of the Continental Divide. It really is breathtaking.
The hut offers a warming area for day hikers and a overnight area for lodgers, reservations need to be made in advance.
Access to the bowl can be gained above the hut, but is subject to Avalanche danger in the Winter, as is expressly stated in the hut itself.
To get back just return the way you came!
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