Braun & Friends Huts

Tagert & Green-Wilson Huts

Tagert Hut
Tagert Hut with Slate Mountain rising to the North

Tagert Hut is named in honor of Bill Tagert, one of the early skiers in the area. The original Tagert Hut was a dam tender's cabin built on approximately the same spot, and used by early skiers. It burned and was replaced with the existing structure. The Greene Wilson Hut was built in 1978 in memory of Lu Lynn Green Wilson. Both the Tagert and Green Wilson huts were fully renovated in 1999.

Layout and capacity: All Braun huts have propane burners for cooking, photovoltaic lighting, mattresses and pillows, eating and cooking utensils, toilet paper, matches, and cleaning supplies. Hut users melt snow for water. Both huts are one level. Tagert sleeps 7 people (1 double, 5 singles - singles can be combined to make doubles) and Green Wilson sleeps 8 (2 doubles, 4 singles). NO DOGS!

Green-Wilson Hut
Green-Wilson is about 50 yards from Tagert

Hut Location: Tagert and Green Wilson Huts are located approximately 50 meters apart, making them private enough for multiple parties, yet suffieciently close together for one large party to share. They are situated just below timberline at 11,280' in Pearl Basin, in the Elk Mountains between the towns of Crested Butte and Aspen. [locator map]

Warning: The Alfred A. Braun Huts and Friends Hut are located in areas of known avalanche terrain with recurring avalanche cycles. Routes are not marked or maintained.

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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Star Peak [example]
  • USGS Map: Aspen and Hayden Peak Quadrangle
  • USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest

Dates Open: Winter: Thanksgiving through the end of May

Owned By: Alfred A. Braun Hut System Oven: No Sauna: No

These cabins are accessed from Ashcroft via the Pearl Pass Road, which makes for a mostly gradual climb in to the huts, but the route does cross under numerous large avalanche paths.

Snowmobile Restrictions: Located a hundred yards apart, these huts are protected by a winter-time motorized use closure of the Pearl Pass road from its intersection with the Montezuma basin road (a mile below the huts). In addition, the Maroon Bells Wilderness area is adjacent to the Pearl Pass road (within 10 feet of the road). Snowmobiles may be encountered on the Castle Creek/Montezuma basin portion of the access route. [boundary map]

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Ashcroft Elevation: 9,498' Route: Via Pearl Pass Road Total Mileage: 5.3
  • Trailhead: The Friends Hut Elevation: 11,370' Route: Via Star Basin and Pearl Pass Road Total Mileage: 4.5
Skiing above Tagert Hut Skiing Pearl Basin Tracks in Pearl Basin