Sapphire Col Hut

At a Glance


High in the Asulkan Valley in the Rogers Pass area of Glacier National Park

82 N/3 (Mt Wheeler), grid 651732

2,590 m (8,500 ft)


Open all year

$30 members, $40 others


A 4 km mountaineering route beginning at the Asulkan Cabin.

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Quartzite Mountaineering High in Rogers Pass

Located between The Dome and Castor Peaks on the Asulkan ridge, the Sapphire Col Hut gives access to high-quality quartzite mountaineering on the ridges and faces of the the Asulkan Group. Sapphire Col is above the tree line in serious avalanche terrain and requires travel on a crevassed glacier. Getting to the hut requires mountaineering equipment and skills, knowledge of safe glacier travel techniques and whiteout navigation skills.

Sapphire Col Hut is a basic mountaineering shelter. Apart from a toilet system, this metal bivouac shelter is unequipped; with no heat, stove,  utensils or sleeping pads. Water is obtained from a nearby melt pond or by melting snow.

Other Huts in the Area

A mountaineering loop can be done beginning at the Wheeler Hut, then to Asulkan Cabin and ending at Sapphire Col. Note: this route is exposed to ice fall and other hazards. A descent via the Lily Glacier completes the loop. Advanced to Expert backcountry travelers only.

IMPORTANT – During the winter months, you must display a parking pass when accessing the Sapphire Col Hut from the Illecillewaet parking lot. You can obtain a copy of the Glacier Parking Permit – Winter (it will also be attached to you confirmation email when making a booking at this facility).

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations are required at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance.
  • Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 to make a booking. We are open 8:30 am to 9:30 pm daily.
  • Please read our cancellation policies and consider cancellation insurance for your trip.


Per NightAdultMember$30
Per NightAdultNon-Member$40
Per NightChildMember$15
Per NightChildNon-Member$20
About Rates


No mattress pads, bring your own
No stove provided – bring your own stove and fuel
No lights
Snow melt
Mattresses not provided

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