Braun & Friends Huts

The Barnard Hut

Barnard Hut

Barnard Hut was built in 1967, in memory of Marsh Barnard, and fully renovated in 2000.

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. Barnard hut is a one-level structure with loft and sleeps a total of 8 people (2 doubles, 4 singles). NO DOGS!

Hut Location: Barnard Hut is located on Richmond Hill, about seven miles south of the top of Aspen Mountain Ski area or 9 miles from Ashcroft at 11,480'. [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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  • Winter Routes & Trailheads
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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Richmond Hill (routes also on 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

The Barnard Hut is most commonly accessed from the top of Aspen Mountain Ski area by skiing out along Richmond Ridge via the Richmond Ridge Road. The ski out is a approximately 7 miles and follows the rolling contours of the ridge. Be aware that this area is very popular with snowmobilers and various trails and tracks may intersect and branch off the main road so solid navigation skills are recommended.

Snowmobile Restrictions: This hut sits near the Richmond Ridge Road, which is open to snowmobile use from the Aspen Mountain Ski Area. The road parallels the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary, which lies east of the road. There is a Developed Hut Site Boundary envelope in the immediate vicinity of the hut. Of all the Braun Huts, this is the hut at which you are most likely to encounter snowmobiles along the Richmond Ridge Road. If you have a situation which requires snowmobile support due to age or a disability, this is the one Braun system hut which could accommodate such a use. Snowmobiles are not allowed at the hut itself. Please call for more information. [boundary map]

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Aspen Mountain Sundeck Elevation: 11,212' Route: Via Ridchmond Ridge Road Total Mileage: 7.2
  • Trailhead: Ashcroft/Express Creek Elevation: 9,422' Route: Via Taylor Pass Road and Richmond Ridge Road Total Mileage: 9
  • Trailhead: The Goodwin-Greene Hut Elevation: 11,680' Route: Via Richmond Ridge Road Total Mileage: 3
Barnard deck in winter