The Burn Hut is ….

Layout: The Burn Hut accommodates eight people via padded bunk-style beds.  The Hut includes a propane stove, propane lamp, wood stove, firewood, cookware, and utensils.

Water: In the winter, water is obtained by melting snow.  In the summer, water is provided in five gallon jugs for guests arriving by self-powered means (biking, hiking, etc). If guests drive to the hut on the 4×4 road, we appreciate it if they carry their own water in. Upon request guests can also pick up five gallon jugs at our office in Ridway prior to their stay.

Location: The Burn hut sits at 9,940′ on a slope gladed by an old forest fire with views of the Sneffles range.  The Burn Hut is the farthest east of all our Ski/Destination Huts and closest to the town of Ouray.  It is frequently used in conjunction with the Ridgway hut for multi-day adventures.

Route Miles Ascent Descent
Winter Trailhead toBurn
5.0
1,160’
900′
Ridgway Hut to Burn Hut
5.0
900’
1,160′
Burn Hut to Ouray 5.0 200′ 2,540′

Dates and Prices: The Last Dollar hut is available for winter use from November 25th through June 1st, and for summer use from May 1st through November 30th.  It costs $30/person/night (maximum of 8 people).  View winter availability and summer availability.  Please call us to make a reservation.

Activities
The  information provide on this page is intended to give our guests ideas on potential activities at The Burn Hut, but the possibilities are endless. We provide more detailed route descriptions only for the trails accessing the hut and and between huts upon booking. Please note, the times given here are estimates for the total time needed for the outing.

Winter
Access: A short 5-mile drive on CR5 out of Ridgway takes you to the trailhead for both the Ridgway and Burn huts. A 5.7-mile ski along a summer dirt 4×4 road, with awesome views of the entire Sneffels Range leads you to the Burn Hut.

Skiing

-Accessing the Burn Hut, 4-6 hours, Intermediate. This tour traverses west along the Sneffels Range for 5.7 miles through meadows and forests.

-Moonshine Park, 2-4 hours, Moderate. This is a gladed area for fun turns at a moderate level that lies northeast of the hut.

-The Burn, 1-2 hours, Moderate. This is an open area of about 400′ of vertical drop that lies directly south and above the hut. This area generally has very low avalanche danger.

What Colorado Hut to Hut, by Brian Litz has to say about skiing at the Burn Hut:

“The Burn Hut is a fine destination for beginning and intermediate skiers, mixed groups, and aspiring backcountry skiers who may not be ready to cope with serious avalanche hazards and complicated route-finding.  The route to the hut is somewhat long for a novice-level tour, but overall it is very moderate.  The trail follows a low-gradient road, which is challenging but not overwhelming, and you get the beautiful panoramas associated with harder tours in the area.
The Burn Hut is just across Coal Creek in a stately stand of aspens.  Now all of the high peaks to the south are visible, framed through the pale limbs of the trees.  The final mile of the tour to The Burn Hut is the steepest.  The hut is surrounded by meadows, forests, and rolling hills that are ideal for all levels of skiers to explore.  Moonshine Park lies to the east of the hut and provides for superb skiing.  Far below, is Ouray and, further off in the east is the Cimarron Group of the San Juan Mountains.  This is the only spot in the San Juan Hut System where this view can be seen.  It is truly incredible.”

Summer
Access: A short 5-mile drive on CR5 out of Ridgway takes you a 5.7-mile 4×4 road, with awesome views of the entire Sneffels Range, that leads you to within 200 feet of the the Burn Hut. Beware, the later part of this road is a real 4×4 road and should not be driven when wet. There are various points to park along the way and a short hike to the Burn Hut is very enjoyable.

Hiking
Hiking around the Burn Hut is enjoyable for people of all abilities, this is due not only to the variety of the terrain, but to the views of both the Cimmaron and the Sneffels ranges as well as the La Sals out in Utah.

-Access the Ridgway Hut, 2-3 hours, Intermediate. Travel on 4×4 roads to the Dallas Trail that leads to the Ridgway Hut.

-Ouray, 2.5-4 hours, Moderate. Hike east on the Dallas Trail descending through aspen groves, meadows, and along sandstone cliffs down into the mountain town of Ouray where natural hot springs, pubs, and ice cream all await.

Biking

-East End Loop, 2 days/5-6 hours, Intermediate. This is hands down our favorite weekend ride! Although this loop can be done in one push, we find it far more enjoyable to make a weekend out of it. You start your climb right from the town of Ridgway and are primarily on single lane dirt and 4×4 roads up to the Burn Hut passing through parks and aspen groves with views of the entire Sneffels Range. The next days ride is all on the east end of the Dallas Trail and downhill to the town of Ouray where natural hot springs, pubs and ice cream await. You can either leave a vehicle here or ride the 20 minutes on dirt road back to Ridgway. Basing out of a B&B in Ridgway or Ouray makes this a real weekend treat. There is additional single track around Ridgway if you want to get a few more miles in on either end of your trip. If you would feel more comfortable with a guide, Peak to Peak Bicycles in Ridgway is a great local bike and guide company.

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