The Goodwin-Greene Hut

The Goodwin-Greene Hut
The Goodwin-Greene Hut skiers and Gold Hill
Goodwin-Greene Hut, Gold Hill to left.

The Goodwin-Greene hut was built in the 1970s in memory of mountaineers Peter Goodwin and Carl Greene. The hut was fully renovated in 2001.

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. Goodwin-Greene hut is a one-level structure that sleeps 10 (3 doubles, 4 singles). NO DOGS!

Hut Location:This high altitude hut is located near timberline at 11,680' near the head of the Difficult Creek drainage about 12 miles south of the Aspen Mountain Ski Area, in central Colorado. [locator map]

Snowmobiles: Snowmobiles are not allowed near the Braun Huts. Since 1963 the Braun Huts have been operated as a backcountry ski hut system. Many of the routes to the huts pass through avalanche prone terrain, loose unpacked snow, steep sidehills, and areas restricted to snowmobiles. More information about snowmobiles is available HERE and on the "Winter Trails & Info" tab below. PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON A SNOWMOBILE TO GET YOURSELF OR YOUR EQUIPMENT TO A HUT.

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 Trails & Info

Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Braun Huts North & South [example]
  • USGS Map: Hayden Peak and New York Peak Quadrangles
  • 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: Woodburning Sauna: No

The Goodwin-Greene Hut is most commonly accessed by taking the Express Creek Road from Ashcroft to Taylor Pass and then roughly following the Richmond Ridge Road to the hut. This route is a beautiful ski up the Express Creek Valley and through the high alpine terrain at the end of Richmond Ridge but can be quite challenging. The ski up Express Creek Road crosses under many large avalanche paths and the last few miles over Richmond Ridge is all above treeline and offers few landmarks. During severe weather and whiteout conditions route finding can be next to impossible.

The other common route into the Goodwin-Greene Hut is from the Barnard Hut. While this route doesn't have the same avalanche hazards as skiing in from Ashcroft, the route finding can be just as challenging.

The Alfred Braun Hut System was designed to be a back-country SKI system. As such the Alfred Braun Hut System strongly discourages the use of snowmobiles for access to the huts. The hut system was created for non-motorized travel. As such, snowmobile use can often detract from this unique experience. Our huts are located on U.S. Forest Service land, and each hut has unique travel management restrictions as governed by Forest Service Travel Management Plans. Around the immediate environs of each Alfred Braun Hut is a USFS developed recreation site envelope with snowmobile restrictions. Access to and from each hut is managed within the Developed Recreation Site Boundary. Snowmobiles should not drive to the front door of any hut. There are no snowmobile play areas within the Developed Recreation Site boundaries. Snowmobiles are not allowed in Wilderness Areas, or on private land without permission. In the winter of 2010-2011, the fines for snowmobiling in the Wilderness Areas were $550 per snowmobile. You must know where you are if you expect to remain legal and safe. PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON A SNOWMOBILE TO GET YOURSELF OR YOUR EQUIPMENT TO A HUT.

Snowmobile Restrictions: This hut sits on a "cherry-stemmed" road surrounded by the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area. It is further protected by a developed hut site envelope, which begins at the saddle the road crosses above the hut, a 1/4 mile south of the hut. With the Wilderness Boundary and the terrain surrounding the hut, snowmobile travel from the ridge down to the hut is not possible without incursion into the Wilderness. [boundary map]

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Ashcroft/Express Creek Elevation: 9,498' Route: Express Creek Road to Taylor Pass then Richmond Ridge Road Total Mileage: 6.6
  • Trailhead: Barnard Hut Elevation: 11,480' Route: Richmond Ridge Road Total Mileage: 3
Interior of Goodwin-Greene