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 » Gore Range/Vail Pass

Boner City

Pretty open bowl with a number of options, there a couple of tinier chutes that are created by tree gullies and rock areas throughout the line.  Basically choose your own adventure skiing!  After you ski the line head SW through the bottom part of the opening and follow the hill line south.  This will meet you back up with the road where you can skin right back up to the hut.

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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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