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Lodges and Huts

Benson Hut in Use

Ski touring is usually most enjoyable when the overnight objective is a snug cabin rather than an airy tent. The newly completed Benson Hut, just five miles south of Donner Summit, offers just such a pleasant objective. Tested by the winds and snows of early January, it has remained dry and tight, and amazingly enough, wind has kept the front door clear of drifts. This much of the access is easy. The route leads past the Sugar Bowl and up Mount Lincoln to its northeast saddle (familiar orange triangles mark the Sierra Crest Ski Trail as far as this saddle -- Cold Stream Divide). From here, contour to the southeast ridge of Lincoln through an uncorniced section. The rest of the way is obvious, following the crest of this ridge to the hut, which is just at the tree line on the north flank of Mount Anderson. If the accompanying foreshortened sketch of the major obstacles hasn't deterred you, make up a party of three or more, check with the manager at Clair Tappaan Lodge for the key to the wood supply and gasoline lanterns, as well as the latest information on the route, and pack your food, touring kit, and sleeping bag for a most enjoyable week-end tour.

ALAN R. STILES


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