Four Backcountry Huts

Which Hut Will You Choose for Your Next Adventure?

Nisqually Valley Fog

MTTA's backountry hosts four huts, each with their own character, but all providing the comforts of home, in a wonderful wilderness setting.   Warm up and get a hot drink in the middle of your day-trip.   For a real getaway, spend several nights in a hut -- just bring your own sleeping bags and food.   Everything else is provided; including utensils for gourmet meals.   And each hut has not only has a room with a view, but a room with a view of Mount Rainier!   All this for only a $15 per person per night reservation processing fee.  

Choose a hut for your next adventure.   Start by learning more about:

Copper Creek Hut | Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut | The Yurt | High Hut
Hut Availability | Reservations System | Fees | Maps


Copper Creek Hut

Copper Creek Hut, located in our North District off the 92 Road, is our most accessible and most popular hut.  The very gradual ascent in is beginner-friendly, and families with small children frequently visit this hut.

Copper Creek has an extensive network of nearby trails serving all levels of trekers; from the short "ridge view" loop to longer trips to Glacier Vista and the Puyallup Lookout Tower.

Copper Creek Hut, at 4200', has views of Mt. Rainier, Saw Tooth
          Ridge and the Nisqually Valley.

Copper Creek Hut, at 4200', has views of Mt. Rainier, Saw Tooth Ridge and the Nisqually Valley.

Warm up and relax in front of Copper Creek's stove.

Warm up and relax in front of Copper Creek's stove.
Copper Creek's bright loft sleeps 14.

Copper Creek's bright loft sleeps 14.

Copper Creek Hut with new floors, couch and tables.

Copper Creek Hut with New floors, couch and tables.


Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut

Bruni's Snow Bowl hut, finished in 2012, is our newest hut, replacing the original Snow Bowl hut that was lost in a fire.   Of the three huts located in our South District, Bruni's is the easiest to reach.   It's a great base for overnight backcountry skiing and snowshoeing adventures.   Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut sleeps 14.

At 4250', Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut sits atop a large bowl perfect for
          telemark enthusiasts.  Photo by Jon DeArman.

At 4250', Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut sits atop a large bowl perfect for telemark enthusiasts.

Night Skies at Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut

Night Skies at Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut.   Photo by Jay Thompson.
A Spacious Kitchen and Dining Room await guests in Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut.

A Spacious Kitchen and Dining Room await guests in Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut.

Bruni's Sleeping Loft sleeps 14.

Bruni's Sleeping Loft sleeps 14.


The Yurt

The Yurt is the most unique and the most remote accommodation in our trail system.  It sleeps six and is located about 2 1/2 miles beyond Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut in our South District.   It can also be reached via the new Lower Yurt Trail, part of which is ungroomed. 

At 4100', the Yurt sits in a clearing at the base of 
           Griffin Mountain.  Photo by Ed Book.

At 4100', the Yurt sits in a clearing at the base of Griffin Mountain.

The Yurt interior with new floors.

The Yurt interior with new floors.


High Hut

Sitting atop a high ridge in our South District, High Hut is both challenging and rewarding to reach.  The unobstructed view of Rainier is one of the best anywhere, and if that's not enough, there are views of St. Helens, the Cascade Range, the Olympics and part of Mt Adams.  High Hut sleeps eight.

High Hut can be reached via a groomed logging road (beginner to intermediate skiing skills are recommended), or via an ungroomed backcountry* route via Anderson Lakes.  Long steep slopes will entice expert telemarkers while snowshoers explore the more moderate treed slopes near the hut.

* SAFETY ALERT:   unlike the groomed logging road trail, the Anderson Lake trail to High Hut is true backcountry -- this trail is not groomed, it is not well signed, and should only be undertaken by people with expert backcountry skills!  The trail requires high level navigation skills, avalanche terrain assessment, the gear/knowledge to be able to spend the night outdoors, etc.  Please keep this in mind when planning your tour on MTTA trails.


High Hut, at 4760', provides dramatic views of Mt Rainier

At 4760', weather permitting, High Hut provides dramatic vistas of nearby Mount Rainier.

High Hut's interior, with a new floor and wonderful new windows
High
            Hut's interior, with a new floor and wonderful new windows




MTTA
Mount Tahoma Trails Association
PO Box 206
Ashford, WA  98304
(360) 569-2451

Yurt pictures copyright Ed Book Photography.

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