Welcome to Hinsdale Haute Route the highest hut system in Colorado. Currently offering two yurts, the Jon Wilson Yurt and the Colorado Trail Friends Yurt. After being down for two years, the CTF Yurt is now set up and available for CT and CDT hikers on an individual basis during the summer. $20 per person per night. Register onsite or make a reservation by calling Jerry at 970-944-2269. It is also available for winter booking.
Individual booking is only available at the CTF yurt and only in the summer. Otherwise, the whole yurt is rented out.
The Jon Wilson Memorial Yurt is one and a quarter mile from Highway 149. It is a great destination for families with youngsters or beginning / novice backcountry hut users.
It also makes a good start for a trip to Colorado Trail Friends Yurts in winter, though that route is for strong and experienced backcountry skiers or snowshoers only.
For winter users, Wilson's close proximity to the trailhead allows groups to drive for hours, arriving at the trailhead in mid afternoon and still have time to reach the yurt before sunset.
For summer access to Wilson, the Sawmill Park road starts off steep, but is two wheel drive accesible by most vehicles, to the parking area which is located 200 yards from the yurt. If the road is wet it may require four wheel drive.
The first two tenths of a mile from Hwy 149 are STEEP gaining 200 feet in elevation. There is a slightly less steep option for hikers, snowshoers or skiers going left 25 yards or so from the start and rejoining the road near the top of the steep section.