Nestled at 7400’ on the shoulder of Mount Heyburn in the Sawtooth Mountains, the new Bench Hut is a spectacular destination for the downhill shredders and intermediate skiers alike.
The trail to the hut, a 1,200' gradual elevation gain over 5 miles, proceeds gently up a ridge from the Redfish Lake trailhead or 4 miles up from Fishhook Yurt. Outstanding views of the Sawtooth and White Cloud Mountains mark this trail.
Once at the hut, there are a variety of downhill skiing and snowboarding opportunities. You can ski the gentle powder slopes directly behind the hut or venture into the big alpine bowls, chutes and faces that encircle the lakes basin above Bench. Ski and snowshoe tourers will love the classic 5 lakes tour which winds its way above Bench through frozen lakes surrounded by Sawtooth spires.
Bench is a unique wall tent built onsite from local lodge-pole pine with a massive picture window that frames the spires of Mount Heyburn towering above. All the basic amenities are provided at the hut including two wood stoves, a three burner propane stove for cooking, pots, pans, tableware, a solar-power system for lights and charging widgets, bunks with comfy foam mattresses, books, cards, games and a wood fired SAUNA! Guests need only bring food, avalanche equipment and sleeping bags.
Bench Hut may be linked with the Fishhook Yurt or Williams Peak Yurt to make a Sawtooth Hut to Hut ski adventure.
- Weeknights (Sun-Thu) minimum of $180/night required (covers 4 people in the yurt)
- Weekends (Fri-Sat) & Holidays minimum of $360/night required (covers 8 people in the yurt)
6% lodging sales tax
3% US Forest Service Fee
Booking for at least 8 people guarantees a private reservation. Any reservation for fewer than 8 people includes the possibility of sharing the hut with other skiers. If you would like to guarantee a private hut, please reserve for 8 people.
**It is required that at least one member of your group be familiar with the route into the hut and correct operation of the facility. If no one in your group has been to this hut before, we require that a Hut Rent Guide accompany your party on day one of your trip. Cost of this service is a flat fee of $250. For more information, click on Add a Guide to the right.
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