Ben Eiseman Hut
Submitted By: Dobish on October 31, 2011
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10th Mountain Division Hut Association
|Dates Open:||Summer, July 1 through September 30. Winter, Thanksgiving through April 30|
|Hut Elevation:||11,180 ft.|
The main descent is straight down the chute through two hallways, which are not super narrow. There is a skiers right option if the main line has already been hit. It is a great route but can have serious avalanche hazards and potential to pin a person into a rock or drag over a cliff. Pay attention to the convexity on the top, this route can get wind loaded. The exit is a right turn down the first creek to the parking lot.[more]
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.
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.
• 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
• 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