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.
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Jon Wilson Memorial Yurt
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.