Trip Reports: Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge, San Juans, Colorado - February 2019

This weekend we had a wonderful stay at Eric Johnson's Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge. Located in Richmond Basin in a remote corner of the San Juan Mountains between Ouray and Telluride, the lodge is surrounded by a powder playground of skiable terrain. With heaps of fresh snow awaiting us, we were excited to have three days to ski and splitboard to our hearts' content.

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Skinning to the Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge.

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Skiing in Richmond Basin - February.

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Potosi Peak (13,786 ft.) emerges from the clouds on a glorious winter morning.

It snowed nonstop for the first day and night and on Saturday morning the clouds cleared, unveiling one of the most glorious bluebird days I can remember.

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Mount Sneffels (14,150 ft.) caked in fresh powder on a brisk February bluebird morning.

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Remnants of wind.

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Claudia skiing fresh powder near the Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge.

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Skiing untracked powder with a backdrop of Potosi Peak.

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Dusk at the Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge, with United States Mountain towering above.

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Purple dawn glow illuminates Mount Sneffels (14,150 ft.).

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Sunrise light touches the summit of Mount Sneffels (14,150 ft.).