We had our first Colorado hut trip over the weekend. Lindley Hut was the destination - just a four mile snowshoe in from Ashcroft. Lindley is part of the Alfred Braun Memorial hut system - the first Colorado system oriented toward skiing. The structure was first built in the early 1950s and then later rebuilt after a fire.
A hut trip is an excellent way to get into the Colorado backcountry when there is still snow on the ground. You don't need much more than a sleeping bag and a good book. We definitely had more food than gear and spent Saturday afternoon playing lively games of Yahtzee! and eating tasty hors devours.
Here's to the beauty and grandeur of the Colorado mountains,