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This rustic hut has an astonishing view of the Nokhu Crags, Mt. Richthofen and Seven Utes Mountain. Hiking, tele skiing, and backcountry snowboarding is popular in the area. Beware, glamping at 10,000 feet can be cumbersome to sea-level habitants. Luckily there is a water source on site to quench your high-altitude thirst. Sit beside, dip your toes, or get right into the shallow creek for a refreshing cool down. Wildlife is sure to visit your site at this secluded location. 4x4 Recommended for the access road. An equipped kitchenette with camp stove, primitive furnishings, propane lantern, tiny wood stove, and plenty of wood are provided.

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About Nokhu Hut

The Nokhu Hut (no' koo) is located in the southern end of the Colorado State Forest State Park on the Lake Agnes Road. In the summer, the easy hike to Lake Agnes makes this area very popular for families.

Attractions

  • Lake Agnes is a fairly easy hike about 1 mile from the Nokhu Hut. The lake sits at the treeline and the trail usually has snow on it until July. During the winter, there is good skiing in the area of the lake, but there is significant avalanche danger.

  • Mt. Richtofen, Mt. Mahler, Seven Utes Mountain: These peaks tower above Lake Agnes and can be accessed from the Nokhu Hut. There is nice skiing on the slopes between Seven Utes and Mahler. Again, be aware of avalanche danger.

  • American Lakes, Thunder Pass: The easiest access for this area is from the Michigan Ditch trail on Cameron Pass. American Lakes is a heavily used snowmobile route in the winter.

Winter Trips

Winter Access: 1.5 mile hike/ski (Road closed October - June)
Winter Trailhead: South side of Colorado Highway 14 approx. 2 miles west of Cameron Pass.

Elevation: 10,000'
Elevation Gain/Loss: +540'/-159'
Difficulty: Intermediate

Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe. Trail above the American Lakes Junction closed to snowmobile use.

Summer Trips

Summer Access: Accessible by 2WD vehicle
Summer Trailhead: Nokhu Hut is located along the Lake Agnes Road 2 miles west of Cameron Pass on Highway 14. The hut is located on its own gated access road and reserved customers can drive to within 100 yards of the hut itself.

Summer Trail Use: Lake Agnes Road is open to motorized vehicles The trail to lake Agnes is open to hiking only. Bicycles and livestock (horses, llamas) are not permitted. Pets must be on a leash.

Water: Pack in water. Also, Agnes Creek runs next to cabin.


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