Ben Eiseman Hut

Submitted By: Dobish on October 31, 2011

Administrator: Dobish

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Hut Owner:

10th Mountain Division Hut Association

Dates Open: Summer, July 1 through September 30. Winter, Thanksgiving through April 30
Trailhead Elevation: ft.
Hut Elevation: 11,180 ft.
Elevation Gain: ft.
Total Distance: mi.
Avalanche Resources:
Approach Difficulty:

Featured Descent

Colorado » Ten Mile Range

East Slopes

As you drop off of the summit, you are on a large convex slope that is about 38°. This face is almost due East, so it tends to get sun pretty early. In the late spring, this slope can easily be corn by 9:30am at the top, so plan to be up there early.  There are very few hazards on the top section, as there are no rocks or trees that are really poking through.  

Depending on the size of the group, and your time frame, a lot of people will go back up and do multiple laps on the East Face from above the headwall, as this is where the most open terrain is.  Once you get to the headwall, you need to keep a vigilant eye for the convexities and the sliding snow.  These slopes measure at close to 45° and have been getting sun from the very first light.  The tend to slide regularly, but as the snow gets heavier, they could probably do some damage. There are a few descent options to pick, that all wrap around the lake and back to the main gully.

There used to be an old mining cabin, that you can still see the remanants of just above the upper lake. 

After the lakes, if you are done for the day, you should head to the right, so you can avoid the willows and connect back up with teh Crystal Lakes Road.  You can take the road all the way back down to the trailhead if there is snow.

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Hut Description

The rugged peaks of Colorado's Gore Range backdrop the Eiseman Hut, 10th Mountain's most alpine hostel. Indeed, terrain rules this amazing location: out of the hut door is arguably the best sking of any 10th hut, and farther afield, tall Colorado alps entice with glistening faces and snow filled couloirs. On top of that, the hut boasts a stunning and unique view of the Vail resort ski slopes.

Built in summer of 1996, Eiseman Hut was funded by Dr. Ben Eiseman and a number of charitable foundations.

Oven: Woodburning

Sauna: No

Hut Layout

2 private bedrooms with double beds, and 12 single beds in a communal sleeping area. Capacity 16.

Directions to Trailhead

There are two ways by which to access the hut, Red Sandstone Road, or the Spraddle Creek Trail. The road is accessible to snowmobiles, whereas the trail is a hiking trail. The road is 8 miles versus the 6 mile trail with great scenery.

Approach Description

Winter Access

• Trailhead: Spraddle Creek, elevation 8,620' Route: Spraddle Creek jeep road, Middle Creek Trail to the hut, Total Mileage 6.8

• Trailhead: Red Sandstone Creek, elevation 8,620' Route: F.S. road 700, F.S. road 786, F.S. road 719 to the hut, Total Mileage 7.9

Summer Access

• Trailhead: Red Sandstone Creek, elevation 8,620' Route: F.S. road 700, F.S. road 786, F.S. road 719 to the hut, Total Mileage 9.6

• Trailhead: Eiseman Hut, elevation 11,180' Downhill Biking or Hiking Route: F.S. road 719, F.S. road 786, F.S. road 700, F.S. road 734, F.S. road 787 to Buffehr Creek Trailhead, elevation 8,220', Total Mileage 15.7

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