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Lost Wonder Hut


How do I get the door code?

  • The door code will be sent to your email once your party leader has signed the Group Leader Waiver.

Are dogs allowed at the Hut?

  • Yes! You are welcome to bring your furry companions along to the Hut. We just ask that you are considerate to other guests by stomping out yellow snow, removing big messes directly outside the Hut (more a summer issue), and sweeping carefully when you leave the Hut.

What do I do if the trailhead parking is full when I arrive?

  • You can choose to park in the Monarch Lodge parking lot, just across the street from the trailhead. Please check in with their front desk as it is $5 per vehicle per night. 
  • Please do not park, load, or unload in the Monarch Snowmobile Tours lot. Your vehicle needs to be behind the signs in the public lot at all times. 

How many people does the Hut sleep?

  • There are beds for up to 14 people.  More people can stay at the Hut, for an additional fee of $54 a person a night.

What’s the configuration of the bunks?

  • You’ll find six beds in the main room upstairs, a double bed in each of two small private rooms off the main room with the ability to add an additional bed, one-bed space in a loft above that main room, and two beds in the common room downstairs.

How long does it take to get to the Hut in the winter?

  • If you are traveling on a broken trail, and you’re a faster group, it will take 2-3 hrs.  Average group time is 3-4 hrs, slow groups will take 4-5 hrs.  A fast person without a pack will take 1 hr. 

Is water accessible all year long?

  • Yes. Water is accessed about 100 yards down the trail from the Hut from a hose connected to a mountain spring up the mountain. This water flows all year (though snow may need to be shoveled aside in the winter to expose the end of the hose), and we provide water jugs in the Hut you can use to collect water for your stay.

What is the check-in and check-out time?

  • Check-in time is 1:00, and check-out time is 11:00.

What is provided in the kitchen?

  • The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, a gas cooking stove, oven, utensils, cutting boards, coffee pots, french presses, mixing bowls, water jugs, etc. Everything is provided.

Where do we store food?

  • Cold food can be stored in a cabinet inside the woodshed. 
  • A blue tub is provided for dry storage inside the hut. 

Is firewood provided?

  • Firewood is provided for all winter users for use in the wood stove. 
  • Summer users are asked to bring their own firewood.
    • Please never leave an outdoor fire unattended.

Is the small cabin next to the Hut part of my rental?

  • The small cabin by the Hut is private and not part of the rental of the Lost Wonder Hut.

Is there cellphone service?

  • There is some cell service in and around the hut from most carriers. You can generally send out text messages. We recommend a backup communication device like an inReach. 

Can our group graffiti and write on the hut walls?

  • You’ll see written mementos of past hut groups on the walls throughout the hut. While some of the earlier graffiti alludes to a rich hut history, recent additions have gotten a little out of hand, and as such, we ask that you and your group members do not add graffiti to the walls during your stay. We would appreciate you respecting this request and passing it along to the rest of your group.

What do we do with our trash and recycle?

  • Cans are provided for both trash and recycle and we ask that you please pack it out with you.

Does Lost Wonder Hut offer refunds for cancellations due to COVID?*

  • If your cancellation is due to a COVID-based state or county-mandated closure of the Hut, or a restriction of group gathering size that is lower than the number in your party, we are offering a 100% refund.
  • If your reservation is impacted due to a COVID-based state or county-mandated restriction of group gathering size, and you would like to keep your reservation but reduce the size of your group, we are offering a re-calculated rental fee of $75/person/night.  (For example, if your group size is 4 people, it would be $300/night, rather than $395 for winter rentals).

* All partial or full refunds are subject to a $75 administrative fee.

Does Lost Wonder Hut offer refunds for avalanche conditions?*

  • If avalanche conditions are reported by the CAIC to be “High,” or “Extreme” in the Sawatch for below, at, and above treeline, on all aspects, for the day of your reservation, then parties can cancel their reservation for that day for a full credit for a future trip at the Lost Wonder Hut to be used before the end of the next season.

*  All partial or full refunds are subject to a $75 administrative fee.