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Fowler Hilliard Hut Approach

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The fastest and easiest climb to the Fowler Hilliard hut.


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5.0

Miles

8.1

KM

Ascent

11,691' 3,564 m

High

9,199' 2,804 m

Low

2,492' 760 m

Up

158' 48 m

Down

10%

Avg Slope (6°)

29%

Max Slope (16°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

This is a fairly typical climb to access one of the 10th Mountain huts: about 5 miles and 2,500 vertical. After a flat and easy traverse of the historic 10th Mountain training grounds (used in WW II to train troops for fighting in the Alps), you slow ascend road 708 up McAllister Gulch.

There's nothing remarkable as you easily climb through trees until about 10,400'. Here you make a right hand bend the the grade increases substantially. Climb switchbacks for over 1,000' (the crux!) until you get a ridge and saddle at 11,700'. Do not climb up Resolution Mountain or continue on the road. Look for signs and head east (a right turn off the road). You'll go slightly downhill and the hut will be visible in the distance on top of the ridge.

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Nicholas Shannon

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Sunrise panoramic view from the hut deck looking south towards Leadville.
Jan 23, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Arrival at the Fowler Hilliard hut
Jan 28, 2015 near Minturn, CO
Near the top of Resolution Mountain
Jan 28, 2015 near Minturn, CO

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Jan 19, 2020
Christopher Tagseth
Conditions were prime, and avi danger low. Lapped Resolution several times, and fun was had!
Jan 8, 2020
Ray Harmon
my first skin/splitboard experience. 5mi — 6h 30m