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 » Glenwood Springs / Carbondale

William’s Peak North Face Proper

From the summit, cut through the trees to return to the second headwall.  At the bottom of the first snowfield/meadow, pick your way through the trees staying left (most people take the gully and cut left) to another prominent meadow.  One more group of aspens, and the third meadow becomes apparent.  Just beyond the trees at the bottom of the third meadow is the road where you started.

Numerous variations exist into some rather tight trees, but this route is well-traveled enough that you can get pow turns in the meadows and follow tracks through the trees to the next mostly-unskied meadow.

If you are skiing early season, keep in mind there is a lot of deadfall and broken leg potential lurking under shallow snow, especially in the aspen trees.

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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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