Neil Colgan Hut

At a Glance


In the Valley of the 10 Peaks, Banff National Park

82N/8 (Lake Louise); Grid Reference 568830

2,955 m (9,700 ft)

NAD83 11U 556706 5682945

51°17' 42" / -116°11' 12"


Summer only

$30 members, $40 others


Rock climbing and glacier approach from Moraine Lake or long glacier approach from Prospectors Valley.

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Mountaineering Hut in the Valley of the 10 Peaks

The Neil Colgan Hut is the highest permanent, habitable structure in Canada (edging out the Abbot Pass Hut by about 30 metres). Located in a col between Mts. Little and Bowlen, the Neil Colgan Hut serves as the base for excellent alpine mountaineering objectives in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

The peaks of the Valley of the Ten Peaks are all over 10,000 feet, and the hut, at 9,700 feet is an ideal base for bagging these summits. It is standard to climb a number of peaks in a day, and it is not uncommon to stop back at the hut for lunch on the porch, or another cup of coffee between summits.

The routes accessible from the hut range from moderate scrambles up Mts. Little and Bowlen, just outside the hut, to the north face ice routes on Mts. Fay and Quadra. The many other peaks have difficulties somewhere in between.

The Colgan Hut is equipped with propane stoves and lanterns and is well-stocked with cooking supplies and foamies for 18 in summer and 16 in winter. It is well-insulated and warms up nicely when the stoves and lanterns are on and a few bodies are inside.


Per NightAdultMember$30
Per NightAdultNon-Member$40
Per NightChildMember$15
Per NightChildNon-Member$20
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Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stovetops (propane supplied)
The highest outhouse in Canada
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Snow melt

Recreational Opportunities