What better way to celebrate Dartmouth’s winter and skiing tradition than with a weekend at one of the famed 10th Mountain Division Huts? DARM has reserved the Fowler-Hilliard Hut for the weekend of February 23-25, 2018. This promises to be an incredible weekend spent in the mountains at a rustic, yet comfortable, cabin. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below, please do not hesitate to contact Aaron Delfausse (adelfausse@gmail.com, 303-638-9606)

The Fowler/Hilliard Hut, owned and operated by 10th Mountain, was originally constructed in the summer of 1988. It was named for Ann Fowler and Ed Hilliard, avid mountaineers tragically killed in a climbing accident on North Maroon Peak near Aspen. Hut construction was generously funded by the Fowler and Hilliard families, and family friends. The hut site was first scouted in April 1984 and the hut proposal was formally approved in a June 1988 decision by the US Forest Service. It was available to the public the following winter, and has proven to be one of the most popular huts in the 10th Mountain Division Hut System, averaging over 2,300 user nights (one person/one night) per year. The Fowler/Hilliard Hut site is located on US Forest Service land about 6 miles west of Vail Pass at an elevation of 11,500 feet. 10th Mountain rebuilt the Fowler/Hilliard Hut in the summer of 2010 because the original hut burned in September 2009.

Layout and capacity: Upstairs: 1 room with a double bed, 1 room with 4 single beds, and 10 single beds in a communal sleeping area. Capacity 16. The Fowler-Hilliard Hut is handicap accessible during the summer season, please call for more details.

Hut Location: Fowler-Hilliard Hut is located in a group of high mountains at 11,500' about 6 miles west of Vail Pass, in central Colorado.

The main winter route into the Fowler-Hilliard Hut follows a road up McCallister Gulch to just below Resolution Mountain. From the trail leaves the road and swings the backside of the peak before dropping down to the hut. This route is closed to all motorized travel during the winter. For a slight longer and more gradual ski in you can follow the marked trail that follows Resolution Creek Road before leaving the road to switchback up to the hut.

Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area Fee This hut is located in the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area. Use of this hut during most of the winter requires payment of additional fees to the U.S. Forest service that will be charged at the time you make your reservation. This is not a parking fee; it applies regardless of which trailhead is used. The $6.00 per person per night fee is in effect from Thanksgiving through the end of April, children 13 and under are free. More information is available here.

Winter Trail Access:

  • Trailhead: Pando | Elevation: 9,200' | Route: Via McCallister Gulch | Total Mileage: 5
  • Trailhead: Camp Hale | Elevation: 9,250' | Route: Via Resolution Creek | Total Mileage: 6.5
  • Trailhead: Jackal Hut | Elevation: 11,660' | Route: Via 10th Mountain marked ski trail and Pearl Creek | Total Mileage: 7.8
  • Trailhead: Shrine Mountain Inn | Elevation: 11,209' | Route: Via Shrine Ridge and Wearyman Creek | Total Mileage: 6.8
  • Trailhead: Red Cliff | Elevation: 8,680' | Route: Via Turkey Creek and Hornsilver Mountain | Total Mileage: 10.5

DARM will provide both dinners. We will supply the food but will divvy things up at the trailhead to help pack it in to the hut. Please let Aaron (adelfausse@gmail.com) know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate. You are on your own for breakfasts, lunches, snacks and adult beverages. Plan on having two breakfasts and two or three lunches.

Everyone will need to sign a waiver electronically and Aaron will send out the link as we get closer to the date.