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]

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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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Braun Huts North & South [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.

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: 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 2.5 miles to the hut. The Cooper Creek Road begins at the bridge over Castle Creek, where there is a locked (for vehicles) gate.

Winter Trail Access

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