The Yurts of Never Summer Nordic® are remote backcountry shelters. The yurts are circular tent-like canvas and wood structures built high on a wood deck, offering the backcountry enthusiast a secure, secluded private refuge from the elements in the Colorado State Forest State Park. They are available for rent throughtout the year, winter or summer.
Located halfway to Jewel Lake, the Ruby Jewel Yurt is nestled in a dense lodgepole forest - ideal for mountain biking or mountain climbing. Unlimited access to high alpine bowls and exciting ridges tempt more skillful skiers, but there's plenty of easier skiing near the yurt.
Winter Access: 2 miles
Winter Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 5 miles from the main park entrance on the right side of CR 41 at the sign for the Jewel Lake Road.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +584'/-99'
Avalanche Danger: None to yurt; Avalanche danger along trail to Jewel lake
Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe
Use Levels: Mainly used by yurt customers only; Some limited day skiing
Summer Access: 4WD Vehicle access or 1.5 mile hike from 2WD access
Summer Trailhead: Jackson County Road 41 - 5 miles from the main park entrance on right side of CR 41 at the sign for the Jewel Lake Road.
GPS Coordinates: 40 34'58.37"N ; 105 57'49.06"W
Elevation Gain/Loss: +70'
Summer Trail Use: 4WD Vehicles, Hike, Horse, Bike
Trail Use Levels: Heavy weekend use
|Beds for five (1 double, 3 singles) and 2 extra pads**
**-The huts are very crowded if you have folks on the floor! also-mattresses & pillows are provided, but no other bedding!
No running water or electricity!
Propane light ( IN COOKING AREA )
Pots & pans
Dishsoap & Dishpans
Outside food storage box
Table & chairs
Maul & ax
Items only provided for winter
Stock Pot for melting snow
Jewel Lake: From the yurt, Jewel Lake is 2.25 miles with about 2,000' in elevation gain. Jewel Lake is a small alpine lake that sits at treeline and will probably be snowed in until July. This is the best access point to climb Clark Peak as well. In winter, there is good skiing on the bowl and good tree skiing just below the lake. There can be significant avalanche danger!
Margie's Knoll: This ridge stretches out to the southwest of Jewel Lake. Access Margie's Knoll off the Jewel lake Trail about 1.75 miles above the Ruby Jewel Yurt. There is excellent skiing on the west and east aspects of the ridge. There can be significant avalanche danger!
Hut to Hut: North Fork CanadianYurt: From the Ruby Jewel Yurt, this is an easy 3.5 mile descent. There are also some nice ridges for tele skiing when you get closer to the North Fork End. Recommend having a second vehicle at the North Fork Trailhead since the trip back up hill is not as fun!
Montgomery Pass Yurts: It is about 3.5 miles over to the Montgomery Pass Yurts via the "Cow Trail". The Cow Trail is a scenic trail that takes off from the Ruby Jewel Trail just below the Ruby Jewel Yurt and follows the 9600' contour line over to the Montgomery Pass Trail about a quarter mile above the yurts. There are two nice meadows close to the Montgomery Pass Trail that make good practice runs for tele turns.
Grass Creek Yurt: This is a fairly easy 3.5 mile trip. The connecting trail leaves the Ruby Jewel Trail about three-quarters of a mile from the trailhead. The trail cuts across a meadow over to the Bockman Campground Road (also the Montgomery Pass Yurt Trail) and runs parallel to the county road over to the North Michigan Reservoir and the Grass Creek Trail.