Braun & Friends Huts

The Lindley Hut

Lindley Hut

The Lindley hut was first constructed in 1953 (it later burned down and was rebuilt) as a memorial to Alfred Lindley, a prominent lawyer and sportsman from Minnesota. Lindley was a principal of the National Ski Association (forerunner of the United States Ski Association), and died in a plane crash in 1950. He was an enthusiastic promoter of alpine ski touring and mountaineering. The hut was fully renovated in 2002.

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. Lindley hut is a one-level structure with loft that sleeps a total of 14 (4 doubles, 6 singles). NO DOGS!

Hut Location:Lindley is located at the foot of Star Peak at 10,480', near the head of the Castle Creek Valley south of the city of Aspen, Colorado. [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.

  • More Info
  • Winter Trails & Info
  • Photos

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: Woodburning Sauna: No

The Lindley Hut sits just a few hundred yards off the Cooper Creek Road near the base of Star Peak. The route in follows the road and makes for a gradual, low key trip. However the road does pass below various avalanche paths so you must exercise caution during times of elevated avalanche danger.

Snowmobile Restrictions: Forest Service Special Order Closure to motorized traffic on the Cooper Creek Road (except for administrative uses or adjacent landowners). The route is therefore closed to snowmobiles for the last 2 miles to the hut. The Cooper Creek Road begins at the bridge over Castle Creek, where there is a locked (for vehicles) gate. [boundary map]

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Ashcroft Elevation: 9,498' Route: Cooper Creek Road (also known as Iron Mine Road) Total Mileage: 4