Peter Estin hut is located south of Eagle, Colorado, perched on a ridge that overlooks the Frying Pan River valley. From the trailhead, it was about a 4.5 mile hike (2500 feet of elevation) in on an incredibly hot day in the spring. 13 of us spent the weekend in the hut. The 6 of us on skis enjoyed terrific skiing on our "rest" day just below the hut.
Gearing up at the trailhead Suchomel's ski/snowshoe climbing system Carissa, Lisa, and Noah Climbing up the trail towards Fulford Cave Doug on the trail Noah and Lisa Carissa Runnels that have rolled down a snowy slope Chris and Ben Ben Carissa Carissa Brian and Noah Lisa appearing to hover at the hut Peter Estin Hut Lisa and others enjoy a stretch after arriving at the hut Carlos Chris Lisa shows off her GoLite layers The view out the front of the hut Zoomed in on the location of Harry Gates Hut, seen from the deck of Peter Estin Chris and Carlos play chess Shaun and Noah play Sudoku Cooking Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells from Estin Sunset from Estin Tory Card games after dinner Brian flips bacon Snow melting BOOTS! Jay and Shaun pump water Lisa making apple pie Rurik tries to work the broken door handle Brian preps for a ski run Carissa preps for a ski run Dropping in below the hut We had about 10 inches of fresh powder Carissa Skinning up at the bottom of the slope Skinning up the hill Ben collapses after having to post-hole up the hill Another run... Our tracks on the second slope Doug Noah and Carissa in the kitchen Tory Jay Tory, Shaun, Carlos, and Brian enjoying a cigar in the snow Shaun Rurik Jay The outhouse The hut The hut Homework time? Carlos guards his paper to keep Shaun from copying Ben and Chris Shaun Snow outside the window Dinner Jay and Shaun The view out the back of the hut The side of Peter Estin Noah evaluates the cooking sausage while taking a drink Lisa and Carissa Tory Rurik Carissa and Noah Sunrise from the deck Sunrise The view just out in front of the hut The slope below is what we"d skied the day before Clouds and sunlight on the Elk range Pyramid Peak shrouded in clouds The hut Snow covered skis The group from left: Doug, Shaun, Tory, Noah, Carlos, Brian, Rurik, Carissa, Jay, Chris, Lisa, Brian, Ben The ski/hike out Carissa finds (another) tree well Noah Back at the parking lot Fools Peak, from the parking lot Shaun and Rurik