Braun & Friends Huts

The Markley Hut

Markley Hut

The Markley Hut was originally built in 1964 and since has been relocated and completely renovated in 2003.

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. Markley hut is a one-level structure with loft that sleeps a total of 8 (2 doubles, 4 singles - 2 singles can be combined to make a double upstairs). NO DOGS!

Hut Location:Markley Hut is located in timber at 10,400' at the foot of Green Mountain, in the Express Creek drainage above Ashcroft and south of Aspen. [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.

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  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Richmond Hill [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: No Sauna: No

The Markley Hut is located just off of Express Creek Road approximately 2.3 miles above Ashcroft. The trailhead and parking for Express Creek Road is just a few hundred yards before the Ashcroft trailhead parking on the left. The ski in is fairly gradual but does pass under 4 major avalanche paths.

Snowmobile Restrictions: Express Creek Road is crossed by numerous active avalanche paths from Ashcroft Mountain, often resulting in steep, hard side hills which make snowmobile travel extremely tenuous. Consequently, the area is not a popular snowmobile destination or route. The Markley hut is surrounded by a developed hut site boundary envelope which extends approximately a half mile from the hut. [boundary map]

Winter Trail Access

  • Trailhead: Express Creek/Ashcroft Elevation: 9,498' Route: Via Express Creek Road Total Mileage: 2.3