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Moutain Bike Tour Adventure #1
Pictures and Stories About Bicycle Tour Adventures
10th Mountain Division Trail, Uncle Bud’s Hut,
By Bicycle, Colorado, USA, August, 1995
We started from a National Forest Campground on Turquoise Lake, near Leadville, CO. The trail for Uncle Bud's cabin starts from a perpendicular point from the lake road and proceeds more or less straight up hill. It took us about 3 hours to get our bikes up to the cabin. We were carrying gear and food (no tent) and it took us about 30 minutes to ride down.
The 10th Mountain Division Hut System is available to the public. It was formed by the original owners and managers of the Colorado Ski Resorts, as most of them were comrades in arms in the famous 10th Mountain Division that trained in Colorado before shipping out to Europe for WWII. After the war, these guys used to ski the back country to visit one another (partay!). After being stranded in a storm or two, they decided to build alpine huts like their Alpine European peers.