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Photos: Over the river and through the woods
Cabin at night

Tucked throughout the mountains of Colorado is a series of backcountry huts. Wilderness can be your home for a night or two but you’re never farther than a day’s walking distance from civilization. Initiated by the 10th Mountain Division and honoring the Army troops who trained for World War II at Camp Hale near Leadville, there are now 34 huts in the system. A pair of these huts, in the Elk Mountains between Aspen and Crested Butte, are Tagert and Green Wilson.

To reach Tagert and Green Wilson, our group skinned from Ashcroft. After Pine Creek Cookhouse, the trail winds through groves of aspen trees, over creeks, across open meadows, and into dense pine forests. The journey is just over five miles to reach the pair of cabins that sit just below the treeline at 11,280 feet. The only things we needed to carry in were food, sleeping bags and backcountry safety gear. The huts have working kitchens, a wood stove and bunk beds for all.