- SQF 800
Standard Nightly Rates:
Nightly Rate: $265/night Monday-Thursday $300/night Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The Tundra Hut is located at 11,500 ft. just below the Continental Divide, in a beautiful back country basin above Georgetown, Colorado.Many large windows, allow breath taking views of 13ers and Argentine Pass to the south. It is a rustic getaway with no running water. Snow melt is used in the winter. Bring your own water in the summer, or collect water from a spring nearby.
This beautiful high-alpine basin and lonely ghost town of Waldorf was once a major Colorado tourist destination. It is surprising that this wonderful high-country tour is not better known. The trailhead (start of Leavenworth Creek Rd) to the Tundra Hut can be reached in only about one hour from Denver. From the trailhead, the hut is 5.8 miles up the main road 248.1 aka Leavenworth Creek Rd. This is a high clearance/4x4 road. Be prepared for a slow, rough ride if you are driving, with much of it being a one lane road. The initial 1.1 mile segment is steep and rough, but the main shelf road provides a gentle ascent into a beautiful basin surrounded by high peaks.
The route follows a portion of the old railroad bed of the Argentine Central, once one of the most thrilling rides in Colorado with grades of 10% and some curves of 145 degrees. Its slogan was “a lifetime in a day.” Understandably, tourist revenue on the line outpaced freight revenue 10 to 1. After the mine played out in the 1920s, Waldorf became a ghost town. All the buildings at the Waldorf Mine site are now gone. There is still a building left at the old Santiago Mine site, below the slopes of Mt. McClellan.
- Summer- high clearance/4x4 vehicle, ATV, mountain bike, on foot
- Winter- ski, snowshoe, snowmobile
- A large wood stove is your heating source. Split wood is provided.
- Solar lights plus battery operated lanterns and candles
- There are two bedrooms. One has a queen log bed. The other bedroom has two sets of bunk beds. One is two twins, the other is twin on top, a full bed on the bottom. There are additional sleeping options in the living area
- A full size propane stove and oven for cooking
- All cooking and eating equipment and utensils, dish towels, and trash bags
- Cleaning supplies
- Some books and games
Ski/Snowshoe/Hike to the Tundra Hut: General Information
|Activity Type:||Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing|
|Length:||5.6 miles one way (Standard route) 5.2 miles using the shortcut|
|Elevation Gain:||1,940 feet|
|Skill Level:||Easy/Moderate , Avalanche Danger: Low/Moderate|
|Duration:||Approx. 3-4 hours up, approx. 2.-2.5 hours down|
|Season:||Late-November to early April|
|Trailhead Elevation:||9,560 feet|
|Hut Elevation:||11,500 feet|
|Local Contacts:||Arapaho National Forest|
|Local Maps:||USGS Georgetown, Grays Peak|
|Topo Map:||Leavenworth Gulch to Waldorf Topographic Map|
2 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen
Sleeping2 Double bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Studio couch, 4 Single bed
CookingCooking utensils, Kitchen stove, Oven, Spices
12:00 PM (noon)