Owned and operated by the Grand Huts Association, the Broome Hut, originally called the Second Creek Hut, in the Second Creek Basin on the west side of Berthoud Pass, Colorado is one of the finest high altitude skiing and hiking locales in Colorado. Ease of access and great skiing make for excellent backcountry recreation opportunities. Layout and capacity: 2 bunk rooms with 6 beds each and 2 private rooms each of which sleeps 2. Capacity 16.
The Broome Hut has some unique amenities which include a pellet stove instead of a woodburning heat stove. It is very easy to operate and has clear instructions posted at the hut. The hut has indoor composting toilets similar to Janet's Cabin and Francie's Cabin. There is also a day-use room at the hut but it is totally separated from the overnight area and they share no amenities. Because of the popularity of the area for day-use you may encounter dogs along the trail and around the hut. But dogs are absolutely not allowed for overnight hut users. No candles are allowed as well.
BROOME HUT FEATURES: • Lodging: Group rooms will have bunks, mattresses
and pillows. Bring your own sleeping bag! Sleeps 16 total
• Volunteer Hutmaster Quarters: A
common room for groups, and restroom for day-use
• Kitchen: Common area with room for food
preparation, stove top, dual burner gas stoves, and tables
• Kitchen Accessories: Cookware, French Press coffee maker, serving utensils, plates, cups etc.
• Heat: No wood stove here! The last of the standing dead
trees in this valley are needed for creature homes.
Excellent solar exposure is available on the lee side of
the building. Back-up heat and ambiance will come from
efficient pellet stoves.
• Waste: Pack it in, pack it out. Please pack out all of your trash and do not leave any food items.
Toilet: Human waste will be
turned to soil in a composting toilet especially designed
for cold-climate use.
• Water: Rain water fed cistern system or snow melt. All water is non-potable, so bring a filter.
• Accessibility: The Broome Hut is a single story,
fully accessible structure.
• Hut Location Elevation: 11,350 feet
• Average Snowfall per Year: 500 inches
BROOME HUT - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
• Where is it located? The Broome hut is located at the top of a steep climb at 11,350' just a mile and half west of Berthoud Pass. The trailhead is located at mile marker 240 on the west side of Berthoud Pass.
• How far from the trailhead? ~ 1 mile and 800 ft elevation gain, up a beautiful, subalpine trail.
• Can you drive or snowmobile to the Hut? No, it is a non-motorized area.
• Can I bring my dog? Dogs are not allowed at the Broome Hut. The winter water supply will be melted snow. (Frank Zappa said it best: “ watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow.”) It is also a construction zone and adjacent to the Vasquez Wilderness where dogs must be on a leash.
• Why is it so big? (1,800 sq.ft.) 1/3 of the hut is open for day use by the general public for using the composting toilets and shelter. The remaining 2/3rd can be rented for a multitude of events: outdoor education, retreats, gatherings, individual use, reunions, recreation. This side sleeps 16. Research shows that fewer beds are not self-sustaining.
• Where can I get more information or sign up to Volunteer? Fill out our online Volunteer Form or call Patrick Gnehm, the Volunteer Coordinator at 425-281-7806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• How much will it cost? $35 per night for an adult, children’s and educational rates are to be determined.
• When can we book it? You can book it Now!
• Where can I book it? Here are instructions to make your reservation for the Broome Hut:
1. Go to huts.org to check for availability of the Broome Hut
2. Click the link for “10th Mountain Division Hut System, The Summit Huts Association & The Grand Huts Association"
3. Select the dates and then scroll down towards the end of the 10th mountain hut list to find availability for the Broome Hut
4. Call the reservation number for Tenth Mountain Reservations (970) 925-5775 to reserve. DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE BROOME HUT FAQS.
BEHIND THE NAME:
The new name for this hut was derived from a very generous donor, the Broome Family. The Broome's have a historical and continuing interest in Middle Park and have donated significantly to non-profits in the valley. GHA is honored to be in the list of recipients. They decided to contribute a "Name the Hut" donation. This feature is available for future huts, along with other naming possibilities, so if there is interest in this, please see our FUNDRAISING section.
FLOOR PLANS & RENDERINGS:
To view the Broome Hut floor plans and building renderings, CLICK HERE.
HISTORY OF THE HUT: It started with the A-frame at Second Creek.....The Second Creek Hut, in the Second Creek Basin on the west side of Berthoud Pass, Colorado is one of the finest high altitude skiing and hiking locales in Colorado. Ease of access and relative safety from avalanches make for excellent backcountry recreation opportunities.
Also known as the "Gwen Andrews Hut" and "The A-Frame," the Second Creek Cabin had been used by the public for the past 40 years. Many people have fond memories of their trips to Second Creek.
The Arapaho Forest Master Plan recognized the hut and the recreation use it serves. However, concerns about management and safety forced the U.S. Forest Service to close the hut to public use. In order to ensure continuing use of this amenity, GHA formed the group and made this their first project. The structure had to be replaced, and an organized management plan had be developed. Click here to read the Press Release about the hut opening from early 2013!
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