Braun & Friends Huts

Opa's Taylor Hut

Opa's Hut

Completed in the fall of 2012, Opa's Taylor Hut is named in honor of Fred Braun. "Opa" is the German word for "Grandpa" and was Fred's nickname. This gorgeous hut sits on the south side of Taylor Pass with spectacular views of the Taylor River Valley and excellent skiing in almost every direction.

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. The hut sleeps 8 and has 3 private rooms, each of which sleep 2 people, and 2 day beds out in the common area. NO DOGS!

Hut Location: Opa's Hut is located just south of Taylor Pass at 11,850ft, approximately 7 miles southeast of Ashcroft. [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. The route into Opa's Hut in particular presents serious route finding and terrain challenges and should only be attempted by experienced backcountry travelers.

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Maps:

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter: Star Peak
  • Dates Open: Winter: Thanksgiving through the end of May

    Owned By: Alfred A. Braun Hut System Oven: Propane Sauna: No

The Opa's Taylor Hut can be accessed via Express Creek and is also equidistant from the Goodwin Greene, Lindley and Friends huts. Routes are not marked or maintained. The route into Opa's Hut in particular presents serious route finding and terrain challenges and should only be attempted by experienced backcountry travelers.

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 Opa's Taylor hut is surrounded by a developed hut site boundary envelope which extends approximately a quarter mile from the hut. [boundary map]

Opa's Hut Interior Opa's Hut Interior