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Hinsdale Haute Route

Capacity: 6 - 8 individuals People per yurt
Difficulty: Beginner to Advanced depending on site
Elevation: varies between 10,800 and 12,100 ft.
Number of Sites: 4 shelters
Reservation Contact: 970.944.2269 La Garita Haute Route Association
Reservation Status: Required
Usage: Moderate
Vehicle Accessibility: varies The huts are accessible only by cross-country skiis or snowshoes during winter months.

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General Description

Jon Wilson Memorial Yurt
Copyright: Jerry Gray - LaGarita Haute Route Association
Jon Wilson Memorial Yurt
The Hinsdale Haute Route is accessible from Highway 149 south of Lake City on Slumgullion Pass. The system includes four yurts that follow the Continental Divide. The Hinsdale Haute Route is administered by the La Garita Haute Route Association, which is a nonprofit organization, working with the Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests.

Each of the yurts sleep six to eight people on bunks and cots. Amenities include a wood burning stove, fire wood, propane cook stove, lanterns, cooking utensils, eating utensils and an out yurt.

The ski route to these shelters follows the La Garita stock trail, which is a wide flat route through Rambouillet Park. The trail leads between the Continental Divide, to the east, and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, to the west. The hut farthest south, Fawn Lakes Yurt, lies on the Continental Divide at 12,100 feet. The route leads progressively into more difficult terrain. Those yurts, Rambouillet and Jon Wilson Memorial yurts, are best for beginners and weaker skiers. The Colorado Trail Friends Yurt and Fawn Lakes Yurt require a strong knowledge of avalanche safety procedures and advanced skiing abilities.

Directions from Lake City: Follow Highway 149 southward to Slumgullion Pass. The trailheads are accessible from Colorado Road 71, Slumgullion Pass and Cebolla Creek Trailhead (on the southern side of the pass).

Directions from State Highway 3: The southernmost yurts in the system are accessible via the Camp Trail Trailhead at Williams Creek Campground on Highway 3.

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Related Activities
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Friends Hut, Elkton Cabins, Forrest Queen Cabin - Five backcountry cabins are accessible from the Crested Butte area. The backcountry in this region is particularly prone to avalanches, due to the steepness of the terrain.

Never Summer Yurts - This hut system is open through all seasons for biking, backpacking, snowshoeing and skiing. It lies within Colorado State Forest State Park.

San Juan Hut System - This hut system consists of five huts in the northern San Juan Mountains. Terrain includes appropriate beginner, intermediate and expert slopes.

San Juan Hut System - This route lead 206 miles from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah, through diverse and changing terrain.

Summit Hut System - This hut association maintains four backcountry cabins (and growing) in Summit County, Colorado. Reservations can be made through the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association in Aspen.

Tenth Mountain Division Hut System - This hut system is the most popular in the state and consists of 20 backcountry cabins. The terrain surrounding these shelters is some of the highest in the state.


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