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Trail­head FS Road 107 clo­sure in sum­mer; Turquoise Lake in win­ter Sea­son July through Septem­ber for sum­mer; late Novem­ber through April for win­ter Ameni­ties Bunks with mat­tresses; wood-burn­ing stove; two-burner stove (propane pro­vided); cook­ware Reser­va­tion $33; you must be a mem­ber of the 10th Moun­tain Di­vi­sion Hut As­so­ci­a­tion ($35 an­nu­ally) to par­tic­i­pate in the March lot­tery, but left­over dates are open to the pub­lic. Con­tact huts.org both in the hut and out—con­sider cre­at­ing an am­bi­tious, 17-mile, hut-to-hut epic link­ing fel­low 10th Moun­tain Di­vi­sion shel­ters Skinner and Betty Bear.

Come late fall, snow and road clo­sures bump the trail­head ser­vic­ing Un­cle Bud’s back to Turquoise Lake, 5.8 miles away. It’s worth it, though: From there, a grad­ual climb (gain­ing just 1,620 feet) to the cabin lands you at one of Colorado’s prime win­ter won­der­lands. Back­coun­try skiers can run laps in the low-an­gle, open ter­rain just north of the hut or tackle big­ger ob­jec­tives like the chutes of Galena Moun­tain. “Hut” seems like a mis­nomer in this case. Un­cle Bud’s Château may be more ap­pro­pri­ate. Con­sider that the first floor alone is more than a thou­sand square feet—a com­mu­nity space with sit­ting ar­eas, a fully stocked kitchen suite with mul­ti­ple sinks and wood-burn­ing stoves, and, of course, huge win­dow panes fac­ing 14,421-foot Mt. Mas­sive. A com­mu­nal area and two pri­vate bed­rooms up­stairs sleep 16—stan­dard for Colorado’s famed 10th Moun­tain Di­vi­sion Huts. And the hik­ing is just as good: From the front door, the Con­ti­nen­tal Di­vide Trail is less than .3 mile north­west.

In sum­mer, it’s just a .3-mile walk to the man­sion from For­est Ser­vice Road 107. Hik­ers can stage day trips along the CDT to views of 14,009-foot Mt. of the Holy Cross’s iconic south-fac­ing, snow-filled couloir. If you like what you see—

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