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Peter Estin Hut

Latitude: 39º 27' 54.3
Longitude: 106º 38' 58.6"
Elevation: 11,200'
Mapping Datum: WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984*)
County: Eagle
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Built in 1985, Peter Estin Hut was the third publicly funded hut added to the 10th Mountain system. Funds were donated by the Estin family in memory of Peter Estin. If you have used other "standard" 10th Mountain huts, the Peter Estin will look familiar. It stands two stories high with a commodious deck jutting from the front door. Plenty of glass faces the south views.
Peter Estin Hut

Layout and capacity: 4 single beds downstairs, 2 private bedrooms upstairs with one double bed each, plus 8 beds in a communal sleeping area upstairs. Capacity 16.
Woodburning Sauna: No
Hut Location:
Peter Estin Hut is located in a clearing on a timbered saddle just northwest of Charles Peak (12,050 feet), with a clear view of the Elk and Williams mountains to the south. Centered in a vast forested area, the hut provides access to myriad trails, dirt roads, and one alpine ridge.
Maps:
Official 10th Mountain, Winter: New York Mountain, also shown on Burnt Mountain
Official 10th Mountain, Summer: Eagle
USGS Map: Crooked Creek Pass Quadrangle
USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest
Dates Open:
Summer, 1 July through 30 September. Winter, Thanksgiving through 30 April

Gates Hut

Latitude: 39º 23' 59.6"
Longitude: 106º 38' 56.9"
Elevation: 9,700'
Mapping Datum: WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984*)
County: Eagle

Harry Gates Hut
Built in 1986, Harry Gates Hut was the fourth structure added to the 10th Mountain system. It is the largest of the 10th Mountain owned huts, with two floors that can sleeps 16. Gates Hut windows look out on sunsets and spectacular Avalanche Ridge. The hut was built with funds from the Gates Foundation in memorial to the late Harry F. Gates, who was an outdoorsman with deep love for the mountains.
Layout and capacity:
6 single beds downstairs, 2 private bedrooms upstairs with one double bed each, plus 6 beds in a communal sleeping area upstairs. Capacity 16.
Hut Location:
Harry Gates Hut is located in the Sawatch Mountain foothills of central Colorado, about 15 miles northeast of Aspen, and about 17 miles south of Interstate Highway 70. Nearby peaks rise above 12,000 feet.
Maps:
Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Burnt Mountain, also shown on Mount Yeckel [example]
Official 10th Mountain, Summer: Eagle, also shown on Aspen
USGS Map: Crooked Creek Pass Quadrangle
USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest
Dates Open:
Summer, 1 July through 30 September. Winter, Thanksgiving through 30 April
Oven: Woodburning Sauna: No

Margy's Hut

Latitude: 39º 16' 31.0"
Longitude: 106º 42' 48.5"
Elevation: 11,300'
Mapping Datum: WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984*)
County: Pitkin
Margy's HutBuilt in 1982, Margy's Hut (along with the McNamara Hut) was one of the first two huts in the 10th Mountain system. The building of these two huts represented a major step for the fledgling organization, which had to promise the Forest Service that the huts would be razed if they were not used. Hut construction was funded by Robert McNamara (former secretary of defense) and friends, in memorial to Robert's wife Margy.
Layout and capacity:
Bunk room that sleeps 4 downstairs, 1 private room with a double bed plus 10 single beds in a communal sleeping room upstairs Capacity 16.
Oven: Woodburning Sauna: No
Margy's Hut

Hut Location:
Margy's Hut is located on a lightly treed hillside just below timberline, about 10 miles northeast of the city of Aspen, Colorado. The hut has beautiful views of the Elk Mountains to the south.
Hut Trips

Maps:
Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Smuggler Mountain, also shown on Mount Yeckel
Official 10th Mountain, Summer: Aspen
USGS Map: Meredith Quadrangle
USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest
Dates Open:
Summer, 1 July through 30 September. Winter, Thanksgiving through 30 April.

McNamara

Latitude: 39º 13' 59.7"
Longitude: 106º 44' 19.8"
Elevation: 10,360'
Mapping Datum: WGS84 (World Geodetic System 1984*)
County: Pitkin

McNamara HutBuilt in 1982, McNamara hut was one of the original two huts in the 10th Mountain system (the other is Margy's, built during the same summer). The hut is a memorial to Margy McNamara (as Margy's Hut is as well). Funds to build the hut were donated by Margy's husband Robert, who served as secretary of defense. The hut is owned by 10th Mountain and is only open during the winter season due to a nearby elk herd
Layout and capacity:
Bunk room that sleeps 4 downstairs, 1 private room with a double bed plus 10 single beds in a communal sleeping room upstairs. Capacity 16.
Oven: Woodburning Sauna: No
Hut Location:
Located in Burnt Hole deep in the forest on the north side of Bald Knob (11,092 feet), the McNamara Hut has a cozy secluded feeling that lends itself to sipping tea by the wood burner or exploring the nearby forest. You'll find good intermediate ski touring on Bald Knob, and experts can strike out on long tours east towards the Continental Divide. [locator map]
Maps:
10th Mountain Brochure System Map
Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Smuggler Mountain
Official 10th Mountain, Summer: (hut closed during summer)
USGS Map: Thimble Rock Quadrangle
USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest
Dates Open:
Thanksgiving through 30 April.
Owned By:
10th Mountain Division Hut Association

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