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Continental Divide Cabin
ELEVATION: 10,500 feet
HUTSKI.COM FREE MAP: Vance's Cabin (see below)
GPS: 386 115 E, 43 57 265 N
Trailhead: Tennessee Pass

USGS 7.5 min map: Leadville North
10th Mountain Huts map: Chicago Ridge

Continental Divide Cabin is located near timberline.

Located near the Continental Divide north of Leadville (central Colorado), Continental Divide Cabin is one of the more accessible lodgings in the 10th Mountain System -- it being less than a mile from the Tennessee Pass Trailhead and 2 1/2 miles from Crane Park Trailhead.

The hut is located in good ski touring terrain (of the low angled variety), with access to numerous marked trails that are part of the Tennessee Pass ski touring trail system. Scenic tours can be had up on the Continental Divide, and you might find a few turns up there as well, but this is more of a ski touring location than it is a backcountry skiing "climb for turns" area.

That said, with a bit of range you can access the same alpine terrain people use near the 10th Mountain Division Hut, so that's an option if you're looking for more excitement.

The quickest route to Continental Divide Cabin is via marked trails from Tennessee Pass, but it can also be reached from Crane Park Trailhead. The location is perfect if you need connector lodging for ski-through style trips involving Vance's Cabin, 10th Mountain Division Hut or Sangree M. Froelicher Hut. (This hut is new to the 10th Mountain System for 2007.)

Vance's Cabin and Continental Divide Cabin map below connects to Jackal Hut on the top (north), 10th Mountain Hut on the left (west) and Sangree Hut on lower right (southeast). If you have trouble viewing or printing this map, please try our Vances Cabin PDF. Our complete map index is here.

Tennessee Pass Trailhead — Continental Divide Cabin
HUTSKI.COM FREE MAP: Vance's Cabin (see above)
TIME: Under an hour
DISTANCE: 1 mile
GPS Track .txt
GPS Track .gpx
(Right click tracks and "save target as.")

Start at Tennessee Pass Trailhead. Use nordic wax.

At the southerly edge of the parking area, just a few feet from Highway 24, you'll find a Forest Service "double post" trailhead sign, check here for a current map and other information.

Take the trail starting at the "double post" trailhead,and follow the trail marked as the Continental Divide Trail and Colorado Trail. (small white triangles). This trail is also marked with the usual blue diamonds.

Ski for just under a mile through lodgepole pine forest to the well signed right (west) turnoff for Continental Divide Cabin.

Crane Park Trailhead— Continental Divide Cabin
HUTSKI.COM FREE MAP: Vance's Cabin (see above)
TIME: 2 hours
DISTANCE: 2 1/2 miles

Park at the Crane Park Trailhead. Ski or walk up the gravel pit road from Crane Park to the obvious intersection of the Wurts Ditch Road. If you end up at the gravel pit, you have gone too far. The Wurts Ditch Road is usually well signed, but signs have a way of changing. Ski up the well-traveled, snow-covered Wurts Ditch Road just over 1/4 mile to 10,400 feet. Here you take the Colorado Trail northerly 1 3/4 mile to the Continental Divide Cabin.

Ski-Through Routes

For ski-throughs involving Vance's Cabin, Sangree M. Froelicher or 10th Mountain Division Hut, simply use connecting routes described in those sections of this website (see "Huts" dropdown menu above).

This book goes great with our maps, highly recommended for any hut skier.
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