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Carner's Cabin

Carner's Cabin

A secluded cabin in a high alpine environment at 11,700 feet! Truly off-grid, without electricity, running water, NO WiFi. Beautifully furnished with fabulous furniture and wonderful beds to sleep 8-10. Just bring a sleeping bag & pillow case!

Winter Access: By ski/skin, snowshoe or snowmobile only. 2 miles and 1000 foot gain to cabin. Takes approximately 3 hours on rolling and steep terrain.

Summer Access: By high-clearance, 4×4 vehicle and requires low gears (rental SUV not recommended).

After booking, trail map, directions, and access instructions will be sent 1 week prior to your arrival.

What You Will Find Stocked at the Cabin

What Should You Bring

Carner’s Cabin is a completely off-grid, backcountry hut located on the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11,700 ft. Surrounded by thousands of acres of the San Isabel National Forest, there are no other structures for miles. It is a very remote feeling retreat that’s only 2 miles from the highway and parking area.

Water: Bring your own bottled water or melt snow on the wood burning stove in Winter or Summer.

Heat: By the wood burning stove only. Generous amount of split wood is stored under the cabin.

Lights: Candles, oil lamps and battery operated lanterns available. BUT bring your headlamp!

Kitchen: Well appointed with a 1929 Detroit Jewel propane stove. Lots of cooking utensils, pots, pans, dishes, coffee-making set-ups (French press/percolator) glassware and coffee mugs. Spices and other non-perishables including salt, pepper, oil, sugar, etc.

Toilet: Composting toilet with directions inside the cabin for solid waste. PLEASE read and abide by composting toilet instructions! Liquid waste must be released outside!

Beds: 2 Queen, 1 Double mattress bunkbed (sleeps 4 with 2 per bed), 1 single bunk bed (sleeps 2). SLEEPS TOTAL of 8-10 people depending who sleeps with whom! ;-)

Mandatory Gear: Headlamp, hut booties, sleeping bag, pillow case and tooth brush!


Guest Access

Winter Access
Only by ski, snowshoe or snowmobile. It is a 2-mile trek and 1,000 vertical foot gain to the cabin. Takes an average of 2 hours with good conditions and experienced backcountry travelers. In inclement weather, possibly longer if breaking trail. Best to start by Noon, as in the dark it is extremely difficult to find. It also takes several hours to heat the cabin once the wood-burning stove is started. Our best advice is to arrive while it is still daylight. NO DOGS ALLOWED IN WINTER!

Winter Fun

Ski, skin, snowshoe, snowmobile to your hearts content. Mellow, low angle skiing above the cabin, more avvy-prone skiing across the creekbed.

Summer Access

By high-clearance, 4×4 vehicle and requires low gears (rental SUV not recommended).

Summer Fun

It’s a great base camp for backcountry adventures on the high Colorado trails. Wildlife sightings are very common. Hike for miles, mountain bike the Forest Service road, Leadville and Turquoise Lake is 20 minutes from the Trailhead, and Frisco and Copper Mountain are 30 minutes from the Trailhead.

No WiFi, some Cell reception (Verizon 5G seems to work best). Others can get cell reception from the top of Chalk Mountain or the parking lot. A secluded cabin, set in a high alpine environment.

Pet Policy: No dogs allowed in winter due to snow gathering for water use near the cabin and difficulty for dogs to access in deep powder, as well as potential injury from sharp ski edges. If you bring dogs in summer, you must clean up after your dog outside the cabin and any hair left on furniture and floor inside cabin.

Sherpa Services

The host will haul your gear, food, and other essentials by snowmobile so you can ski/skin/snowshoe unencumbered to the cabin.

** To book the Sherpa Service, send an email to

** Minimum 7 day advanced notice to book Sherpa Services.

Sherpa Services Cost
Sherpa Services are $150 each way. So round trip to bring your gear up & down is $300.

Sherpa Services Logistics
If you sign up for Sherpa Services, we will meet you at the Trailhead parking lot at Noon for service to the cabin, and 11am at the cabin to bring your gear down.

We do not haul people or pets. NO pets are allowed at the cabin in winter due to snow being used for water and for the safety of your pets in the backcountry’s extreme winter conditions.

Gear Preparation for Hauling
Your gear must be packed in waterproof, sealed backpacks or bags. No loose shoes, clothing or food/water will be hauled. We haul gear in a tub behind a snowmobile and it gets wet and bounced around. If you want your gear to arrive safely, pack wisely!

Other things to note
You will love Carner’s Cabin if you are an experienced backcountry explorer and thrive in a high-alpine environment that is off-grid. NO electricity or running water, but extremely comfortable furnishings including beds with mattresses, blankets and pillows, chaises, and couches. Bring your own sleeping bag & pillowcase.
Full refund for cancellations up to 30 days before check-in. If booked fewer than 30 days before check-in, full refund for cancellations made within 48 hours of booking and at least 14 days before check-in. After that, 50% refund up to 7 days before check-in. No refund after that.

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