Dotting the American West from California’s Excessive Sierra to Washington’s North Cascades to the Colorado Rockies are a small assortment of backcountry huts which have stayed, inexplicably, comparatively unknown. A few of these huts are deep in the wilderness, accessible solely to the extremely match and skilled—others are a lot nearer to civilization, nice for a weekend journey for nearly anybody.
These huts are hidden on mountainsides, in alpine meadows, and perched on jagged ridges, with views of surrounding valleys, forests, and mountains. They’re few in quantity—lower than 100 in the complete nation—and every has their very own story to inform.
Constructed as fireplace lookouts, ranger cabins, and personal retreats, every hut has a singular historical past, typically been handed down from proprietor to proprietor. And each hut on this listing is now open to the general public. Listed here are 9 of our favorites.