Trip Report: Training for the Silver Rush 50 MTB

Last June, I did an out-and-back ride on my hardtail 29er from downtown Leadville to the summit of Weston Pass with the Hut as my turn-around point. I was looking for a ~4 hour ride at high elevation that would have long steady climbing and saddle time (with no crazy hike-a-biking or backwoods routefinding!).

Courtenay Brown of the Rev3 Racing Team gives her off road legs a go in her second ever XTERRA.

The ride was 40 miles, and took me a little over four hours. Heading out of town on county road 4 to highway 24 was a nice friendly warmup heading slightly downhill. Then coming off of highway 24 I enjoyed the rolling hills to the base of the Weston Pass road, where winter parking is for hut access. I reached the parking lot around 45 minutes into the ride, and from there it was about another hour and forty five minutes of steady climbing to the top! I encountered a couple of cars, an ermine, countless chipmunks, and really nice conditions for riding. At the hut, I had a snack and did a little stretching, then headed back down. The descent took about a half hour and was really flowing and lovely, with views of Mt. Elbert. Then the ride back into town was, predictably, a bit of a grind, and good training.

This is a good ride for riders with a moderate level of experience and anyone training for the Leadville race series. It’s not technical at all, just a lot of steady climbing. You can do the version I did if you’re early on in your training (or if you’re just looking for a relatively friendly ~4 hour ride), or do the hill-repeats version for a harder session. This would also be a fun ride to do with others, because the road allows for side-by-side riding that singletrack does not! — Coutenay Brown

Solar Power!

Constructing such a large structure so far off of the grid at such a high altitude was a major undertaking. It took six seasons of construction before we could open the hut. Yet the hut is always an evolving project, and we will continue to tackle new projects that enhance the comfort and experience for all of our guests.

This summer we installed solar power as our major project. Now the project is nearing completion. The solar power system will light up the hut and make it easier for guests to ease into their stays. Our panels are built on an adjustable frame so that we can alter the angle for the summer and winter seasons. Book your adventure in the Mosquito Range today!

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New Podcast on Radify

Do you want to know more about the Hut? Do you want to know what it takes to build a hut at nearly 12,000 feet?

Thanks to Radify’s podcast you can get answers to these questions and more. Radify is pioneering alternative development projects that prioritize urbanism, environmentalism, and non-conformity. They also produce a podcast that documents amazing development projects throughout the world. Check out episode 014 here. One of our members, Kim-Lee Tuxhorn, describes the hut, the experience constructing it, and everything that you can do up there.