Emmelyn Hut is the latest addition to the 10th Mountain Hut System. Built and owned by Leadville resident Cannon Shockley, the 10-person hut is memorialized to Shockley’s paternal grandmother, Emmelyn, who was a guiding force in Shockley’s life. The hut also recognizes Shockley’s love of the mountains surrounding his chosen home and pays homage with sweeping views of the Sawatch Range, from Mt. of the Holy Cross to Mt. Elbert, the highest peak among the Colorado Fourteeners.
Situated north of Leadville at 11,150 feet in the East Tennessee Creek drainage, Emmelyn Hut links Sangree’s Hut and Ski Cooper. The unique Al Beyer design utilizes timber frame construction and includes the latest energy efficiency with solar lighting, composting toilets, and wood-burning stoves. The two-level hut faces southwest and features one private bedroom with a double bed on the main level. Upstairs is another private bedroom with a double bed, plus a communal sleeping area with one double-bed bunk, one double bed and one single bed.
The suggested winter route from the East Tennessee trailhead to the hut is 3.4 miles and 1,143 feet elevation gain. Emmelyn Hut is about 2.7 miles from Sangree’s Hut. The suggested summer route from Highway 24 is 5.2 miles via County Rd. 18 and FS Rd. 102. Mountain biking and hiking are recommended. If using a vehicle, 4WD high clearance is required
Layout and capacity: Main level: 1 private bedroom with a double bed. Upstairs: 1 private bedroom with a double bed and a communal sleeping area with 1 double-bed bunk, 1 double bed and 1 single bed. Capacity 10.
Hut Location: The Emmelyn Hut is located north of Leadville at 11,150’ in the East Tennessee Creek drainage generally between Sangree’s Hut and Ski Cooper.[locator map]
Dates Open: Summer: July 1st through September 30th. Winter: Thanksgiving through April 30th.
Owned By: Privately Owned Oven: woodburning Sauna: No
The suggested winter route from the trailhead to the hut is 3.4 miles and 1,143’ elevation gain. The route to Sangree's is 2.7 miles but does cross open alpine terrain so navigating in inclement weather can be challenging.
Winter Trail Access
The suggested summer route is via F.S. 102 - mountain biking and hiking are recommended. If using a vehicle, 4WD high clearance is required. There are no established summer hiking trails to this hut. Vehicle access is never guaranteed to any hut at any time.
Summer Trail Access