Francie’s Cabin

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Francie’s Cabin

Submitted By: Dobish on September 27, 2010

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Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Ridge and Bowls

There are two major east facing bowls to descend along the north side of the ridge.  They are pretty obvious to find.  One drops from very near the summit down to 13,100'.  The second begins just past the flat section of the ridge and drops to treeline at 11,600.  You can avoid the lower bowl if desired and ski right down the ridge crest, but the bowl has better skiing.  Just make sure you don't drop too low at the bottom, or you'll have to climb back to the trail.

From treeline, follow the trail back to your car.  Do not ski to the south directly down the fall line to Blue Lakes Road, though this is tempting... you will be trespassing on private property.

The East Bowls are moderate in difficulty - about D3-D4.  For more info on the D-system for rating ski descents, see here: http://www.wildsnow.com/articles/ratings/ski-board-d-rating-system.html.  They are steep enough to slide, but are one of the safer spring ski descents.  This route is not recommended in winter because it will most likely be wind scoured most of the time.

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Francie’s Cabin

[111] Ten Mile Range - ten-mile-range39º 26' 18.62 N106º 04' 23.38 W12500
Layout and capacity: Downstairs: 1 bedroom with 1 single bunk and 2 single beds Upstairs: 5 small bedrooms (2 have 2 single beds and 3 sleep 4 each in bunks). Summer capacity: 20. Winter Capacity: 20.

There is a sauna, as well as indoor composting toilets, so no need to go outside.  The deck gets plenty of sun for spring visitors!

Summit Huts
This is a great hut for people who don't want a far approach, but want to be able to get some great skiing in. There are plenty of peaks around the hut for mid-winter skiing, but there are some really fun lines for spring skiing.

The hut is surrounded by Peak 10 of breck, Crystal Peak, Father Dyer, Herb's Bowl, and other good peaks and couliours.

Owned by Summit Huts Association, Francie's Cabin was built in 1994 in memory of Frances Lockwood Bailey.

Layout and capacity: Downstairs: 1 bedroom with 1 single bunk and 2 single beds Upstairs: 5 small bedrooms (2 have 2 single beds and 3 sleep 4 each in bunks). Summer capacity: 20. Winter Capacity: 20.

Winter Trail Access

• Trailhead: Burro, elevation 9,680' Route: Via Crystal Creek, Total Mileage 4.1

• Trailhead: Burro, elevation 9,680' Route: Via Spruce Creek Road, Total Mileage 4.7

• Trailhead: Spruce Creek (snowplow turnaround area, parking very limited), elevation 10,400' Route: Via Crystal Creek, Total Mileage 1.1

• Trailhead: Spruce Creek (snowplow turnaround area, parking very limited), elevation 10,400' Route: Via Spruce Creek Road, Total Mileage 1.8

Hut Location: Francie's Cabin is located in the Arapaho National Forest, in central Colorado, about 5 miles southwest of the town of Breckenridge.

hut

To get to the hut in the winter, the easiest way is to park at the Spruce Creek Trailhead, and head up the Spruce Creek Road.  When you get the first gate after a couple of hundred yards, stay to the right. Continue on the road, until you get to another intersection. Stay on the road and head to the right wherever possible. After about 1.6 miles, you will get to another intersection with signs telling you that there is limited snowmobile access. At this intersection, continue straight and go up the hill. You will reach a clearing, and you will see blue diamond trail markers. Turn right when you reach the clearing, and you will see the hut in a couple of hundred yards.

How to Get There

Winter Trail Access

• Trailhead: Burro, elevation 9,680' Route: Via Crystal Creek, Total Mileage 4.1
• Trailhead: Burro, elevation 9,680' Route: Via Spruce Creek Road, Total Mileage 4.7

• Trailhead: Spruce Creek (snowplow turnaround area, parking very limited), elevation 10,400' Route: Via Crystal Creek, Total Mileage 1.1
• Trailhead: Spruce Creek (snowplow turnaround area, parking very limited), elevation 10,400' Route: Via Spruce Creek Road, Total Mileage 1.8

Hut Location: Francie's Cabin is located in the Arapaho National Forest, in central Colorado, about 5 miles southwest of the town of Breckenridge.

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