20th Jun, 2012

New High Country Trail Huts near Breckenridge CO Real Estate

Residents and visitors to real estate in Breckenridge Colorado choose from an awesome series of hiking, cross-country ski, and snowshoe trails. High country trail routes through Eagle County and Summit County real estate and national forests hop the Continental Divide and continue along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Starting with huts built by the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army during training, the trail systems into the high country now boast a series of 31 mountain cabins that can be reserved by the public. Owners of Breckenridge ski homes and other vacation homes in Summit County and Eagle County take advantage of off-season to enjoy the history and legacy of the 10th Mountain Division huts. Activated in 1943, the 10th Mountain Division fought during World War II in the some of the roughest mountains of Italy.

Although they are referred to as “huts,” some of the Summit County mountain properties, including the new Point Breeze Cabin on Tennessee Pass, are very comfortable. The new cabin is located across Highway 24 from Ski Cooper. Point Breeze is owned by Lee Rimel, an Eagle County local. The new cabin sleeps eight. It features a completely furnished kitchen with three gas burners, a wood-burning stove with an oven, and a gas grill outside. The entire cabin may be rented for $340 per night.

On another “hut” note, near the Vasquez Wilderness, residents just built an 1800-square-foot 16-person bunk hut along Second Creek drainage of Berthoud Pass. This is a mile and a half from US Hwy. 40. Through an amazing old-fashioned barn-raising effort, the Fraser Valley community erected the new Broome Hut to replace a dilapidated shack on the site.

Berthoud Half is located west of Denver between the upper Clear Creek Canyon and the upper valley of the Fraser River in Middle Park to the north. It passes the Continental Divide on the border between Clear Creek County and Grande County, northeast of Summit County.

The hut association in that area plans to add four more backcountry huts stretching from Berthoud Pass to Grande Lake. The huts will host overnight backcountry travelers, avalanche educators, students learning about the alpine environment, and daytrippers. Overnight cost is $35 a person.

Come on up to see Summit County Colorado real estate for sale to fit your budget and dreams. For information about buying real estate in our mountain villages, call Barrie Stimson, Breckenridge Realtor® at (970) 390-2560.

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