Trip Reports: Hideout Cabin, San Juans - January 2009
This weekend I joined some friends for a three day weekend up at their backcountry cabin in the San Juan Mountains south of Telluride, Colorado. The cabin’s a real gem, situated in a rugged San Juan setting surrounded by prime ski terrain. Cecily’s parents are avid skiiers and they built this cabin back in the 70’s when it was somewhat reasonable to do such a thing. Nowadays we can only dream of building a little cabin in the high country like this… there’s just no more places to do it, and too many regulations (though this is probably a good thing). But I digress…
It’s about five miles along a snowed-in road to the cabin, and we loaded up some sleds with all our gear and beverages to pull behind us on our way up. We left after dark on Friday, so it was a big surprise to wake up on Saturday to the magnificent vistas all around.
With amazing spring-like sunny weather, we spent each day skinning up the nearby bowls and skiing/snowboarding back down to the cabin to relax for the rest of the evenings. In the warm weather the snow has become so stable that for the next few days we skiied/rode borderline springtime lines… a nice treat in January.
In such a prime location for photo opportunities, I couldn't resist waking up super early one morning to hike up a nearby peak for a sunrise shoot.