Benedict Huts: Fritz and Fabi's

Tucked into the wilderness above Aspen, the Benedict Huts are two beautifully crafted cabins built in 1997 to honor the late Fritz Benedict and his wife Fabi, the spiritual parents of the 10th Mountain Division Hut System. It was Fritz, along with a small group of Aspenites, who first conceived of the hut system and then started it.

The Benedict Huts form a pleasing link between the McNamara Hut and Aspen, as well as providing access to a vast area of virtually untouched winter wilderness to the east of the huts.

Fabi's Hut
Fabi's Hut is located next to the Fritz.

Layout and capacity: Fritz Hut has 3 small bedrooms with double beds, 3 single beds in the main room, and 1 daybed that doubles as a couch. Capacity is 10. Fabi's has single daybeds that double as couches, a double bed in the main room, and 1 separate bedroom with a double bed. Capacity is 6 and hut must be booked by a single party.

Fritz Benedict skiing
The late Fritz Benedict circa 1980

Hut Location: The Benedict Huts are located in a vast backcountry area at 10,970' about 5 miles southeast of Aspen, Colorado. [locator map]

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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Mount Yeckel North & South [example]
  • USGS Map: Aspen and Thimble Rock Quadrangle
  • USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest

Dates Open: Summer: Closed. Winter: Thanksgiving through 30 April

Owned By: 10th Mountain Division Hut Association Oven: propane Sauna: No

The main winter route into the Benedict huts follows parts of the Smuggler Mountain Road. The route climbs steeply out of the Hunter Creek Valley over the first 3 miles to gain the long, gradual ridge on the top of Smuggler Mountain. The last 3 miles follows the ridge line with one short, steep climb just before the hut.

The huts can also be reached from the McNamara Hut but half of this trail passes through a Primitive Wilderness Area and we are unable to mark the trail at all. This trail is rarely traveled and should only be attempted by experienced backcountry travelers.

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Hunter Creek, Elevation: 8,380' Route: Via Hunter Creek Trail and Smuggler Mountain Road, Total Mileage: 5.8
  • Trailhead: Upper Hunter Creek, Elevation: 8,380' Route: Via Hunter Creek Trail and Smuggler Mountain Road, Total Mileage: 4.8
  • Trailhead: McNamara Hut, Elevation: 10,360'' Route: Not a 10th Mountain suggested route. Due to Forest Service Primitive Wilderness designation, no cleared trail or trail markings are allowed in the No Name Creek drainage. The route between the McNamara and Benedict Huts is very difficult and is rarely skied in either direction. Total Mileage: 8

10th Mountain Division Huts