Janet's Cabin is the original Summit Hut, and recently celebrated 20 years of operation! Janet's is (and has been since opening) one of the most popular huts in Colorado and is well known for the excellent ski touring options that are available in the area. Janet's Cabin is open for winter and summer seasons. Winter season runs from the day before Thanksgiving to mid-May. Summer season is slightly shorter than most huts, mid-July through Labor Day, because of wildlife concerns. Janet's is a unique option in the summer as it is accessible only by foot or bike, providing a quiet and remote experience. Janet's Cabin sleeps 20 people in the winter and 14 in the summer, divided among three or four bunk rooms (there are no double beds). All huts are booked to capacity and may be occupied by more than one group. Janet's is equipped with a wood stove for heat, firewood, indoor composting toilets, a wood-fired sauna, solar powered lights, twin sized bunks with mattresses and pillows, cooking and eating utensils (pots/pans/plates/flatware/mugs/glasses), toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. There is no cooking oven. There is a separate downstairs "Hutmasters' Quarters" that is used by Summit Huts maintenance staff and volunteers.
Please see How to Plan a Hut Trip for more information on what to expect and how to make reservations for Janet's Cabin. Reservations for all Summit Huts are made through 10th Mountain Division Hut Association at (970)925-5775.
We recently discovered some hut trip footage on YouTube and the links are shared here to give a better idea what it's like up at and around the hut.
Janet's Cabin Fast Facts
Hut Elevation: 11,610 feet
GPS: GPS 39 27.844’ N, 106 13.777’ W
General Location: Between Copper Mountain and Vail Pass
Map: USGS 7.5 min. Quad: Copper Mtn. Or 10t Mtn. Map: Resolution Mountain
Miles from Trailhead: Trailhead: Union Creek, elevation 9,820’, Total Mileage: 5.5, Trailhead: Vail Pass, elevation 10,580’, Total Mileage: 5.4 (more difficult route)
Date Built: 1990 in Memory of Janet Boyd Tyler
Owned By: Summit Hut Association
Dates Open: Thanksgiving through 1st week of May
Capacity: 20 Winter, 14 Summer
Cost per night: $35/person (2013/2014 season) Advanced reservations only.
Ski Terrain: A variety of terrain ranging from low angle to steep tree skiing.
Hut Layout: Beds are all upstairs, bunk style in four rooms: two rooms with one set of bunks and two single beds and two rooms with two sets of bunks and two single beds (no double beds).
Amenities: Wood burning stove for heat, solar powered lights, indoor composting toilets, beds and pillows, fully equipped kitchen with propane cook tops, sauna and hut masters quarters.
Water: Snow is melted and boiled for water, there is a water source near the hut in the summer.