Lodges and Huts
Bradley Hut is in the upper drainage of Pole Creek, about two miles north of Squaw Valley. It was originally built in 1957 in Five Lakes Basin, between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, as a memorial to Josephine Bradley. In 1997-99 it was relocated to Pole Creek after Five Lakes became part of Granite Chief Wilderness.
The hut's main room has a wood-burning stove, tables, and kitchen area. Two smaller side rooms contain firewood and limited maintenance materials. The upstairs sleeping loft accommodates 12-15. A two-story outhouse is 40' north of the cabin. Because the hut is in a sensitive wildlife area, it is locked and not available for use except during winter.
There is overnight parking on a wide shoulder where Forest Road 8 meets Hwy 89 about six miles south of I-80. Drivers should make certain their vehicles are behind snow stakes. Follow FR8 gradually up about 1,500' over five miles to the hut at 7,400' elevation. USGS topo maps are the Granite Chief and Tahoe City 7-1/2' quadrangles.
Skiing is possible on the slopes and in the bowls north and west of the hut. Beware of avalanche danger, especially on Silver Peak (south). Good snow can also be found in Deep Creek, the next drainage north. Some travelers link Bradley with Benson Hut, about four miles north, when conditions are favorable.
See the Inauguration
Poster created by Joel Brody marking the completion of the new Bradley Hut.