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High-Country Hut Trips: The Sneffels Traverse

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Location:
Mt. Sneffels Wilderness
Hut system:
San Juan Huts
Nearest town:
Telluride (south end) and Ouray (north end)

For a summer hut trip writ large, there’s no more beautiful hut-to-hut option than the San Juan Huts’ Sneffels Traverse. The 29.4-mile, five-day trek begins at 10,676-foot Last Dollar Pass near Telluride, winds its way through the Mt. Sneffels Wilderness, and ends in the quaint town of Ouray. Each night, adventurers throw down their packs at one of four diminutive huts, all of which sleep eight and have wood-burning stoves, petite but well-equipped kitchen areas, and detached outhouses. Though functional, these are not lounge-on-the-couch-and-drink-a-glass-of-wine backcountry cabins. With no living space to speak of, the zero-privacy, garage-size dwellings are nothing more than a place to boil water for mac and cheese and bed down. And that’s perfectly (OK, mostly) fine, because on the Sneffels Traverse, it’s more about the journey than the destinations. Here, a few tips to enhance your backcountry odyssey.

Photo courtesy of Sean Parsons

Last Dollar Pass

North Pole Hut

Blue Lakes Hut

Ridgway Hut

Burn Hut

Ouray

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