Overview

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Description

Standard Nightly Rates:

Nightly Rate: $265/night for the entire hut  NO MINIMUM STAY REQUIRED

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.

Access:

  • Summer- high clearance/4x4 vehicle, ATV, mountain bike, on foot
  • Winter- ski, snowshoe, snowmobile

Amenities:

  • 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
Nearby City:Georgetown
Length:5.6 miles one way (Standard route)
Elevation Gain:1,940 feet
Trail Type:Out-and-back
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

Rooms

2 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen


Amenities
  • Sleeping
    2 Double bed, 1 Queen bed, 2 Studio couch, 4 Single bed
  • Cooking
    Cooking utensils, Kitchen stove, Oven, Spices
  • Heating/Cooling
    Fireplace
Policies
Credit cards accepted Children welcome, Smoking not allowed
Check in:
1:00 PM
Check out:
12:00 PM (noon)
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