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New Easy-Access Backcountry Cabin

New cabin near Leadville, Colorado, ready for winter occupancy

Access to most of the 19 huts, cabins and A-frames owned or managed by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association is quite challenging for most snowshoers, requiring a long trek with a full pack from a trailhead and an equally grueling return, often with significant elevation gain.

The new privately owned Point Breeze Cabin near Leadville is located at an elevation of 10,500 feet and less than a mile from the Tennessee Pass Trailhead near the Continental Divide.  The elevation might be daunting for some lowlanders , but the distance and the minimal elevation difference between the trailhead and the cabin are snowshoer-friendly. It is within a couple hundred yards of the popular Continental Divide Cabinat the gateway to miles of snowshoeing in winter (Thanksgiving through April 30) and hiking in summer (June 1 through Thanksgiving).

Lee Rimel, a long-time Leadville local whom the Hut Association describes as a steward of the area, owns the cozy cabin that sleeps eight in two private bedrooms for two people each and four bunks in the common area, a complete kitchen with all utensils, three gas burners and a woodburning stove with an oven, plus a gas-fired outdoor grill, a small refrigerator and Graco Pack N Play mesh-sided bassinets/play yards/cribs for infants.

The entire cabin must be rented by a family or group of close-knit companions for $340 per night. Reservations for the winter season are being taken beginning November 9. Contact the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, 1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 21, Aspen, CO 81611; 970-925-5775  or E-mail huts@huts.org.