The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. Asulkan Cabin is a great base for ski touring and hiking in Rogers Pass. See all of our huts here.
Trail distance: 7 km
Elevation Gain: 850m
Trailhead: Asulkan Parking, Glacier National Park
Family Friendly: Summer only
Activities: Backcountry skiing, Hiking, Mountaineering
Technical Considerations: Avalanche Terrain; ATES Class 3
Located high in Rogers Pass, at the head of the Asulkan Valley, Asulkan Cabin gives access to summer peaks and premier skiing and ski mountaineering in winter. The cabin is a beautiful timber-frame building with large north-facing windows.
Hut Location: 51.2144, -117.4696
Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal, and foam mattresses, cooking and eating utensils are provided. Guests area expected to bring their own sleeping bags, food and personal items.
All of our huts are user-maintained, meaning that the custodial work of keeping the hut clean, chopping firewood and shovelling snow is done by the guests. The ACC provides major service and renovations to all of our huts each year to ensure they are in good repair.
There are no transition days between bookings. Guests are responsible to sanitize before and after use of the huts.
Download our hut cleaning and sanitation guidelines here.
The Asulkan Cabin is located at the head of the Asulkan Valley at Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park, and has a 3-5 hour approach, longer when there is new snow.
The Asulkan Cabin is well situated for skiing in the Asulkan Valley. The Seven Steps of Paradise, Asulkan Pass, Sapphire Col and the Dome Glacier can be reached as day trips from the hut.
The hut is a beautiful panabode style building which sleeps 10. Cooking stove (no oven), lighting and heat are supplied by propane. The hut is stocked with cooking and eating utensils and sleeping pads.
Note: High season rates apply at the Asulkan Cabin from December 21 to April 30 annually.
An overnight parking permit is required (free of charge) when accessing the Asulkan Cabin from the Illecillewaet Valley or Illecillewaet Campground trailheads.
July – September at the Illecillewaet Campground kiosk.
October – June at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.
Check Glacier National Park website for hours of operation.
If unable to obtain an Overnight Parking Permit in person during the Rogers Pass Discovery Center’s hours of operations, call or e-mail to make arrangements. (Allow 3-5 business days)
By phone: 250-837-7500
By e-mail: email@example.com
NATIONAL PARK PASSES
A valid national park pass is required for all visitors to the national parks. For fee information and purchase locations visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/glacier/visit/tarifs-fees
You will need the group leader’s name, destination, number of people in group, license plate of ALL vehicles being left at the trailhead, and your ACC reservation number. Winter users must verify whether planned routes require a Winter Permit.
The Wheeler Hut, located at the Illeclliewaet Campground in Rogers Pass is often used as an overnight stop before trips into Asulkan. Mountaineers can continue on from the Asulkan Cabin to the Sapphire Col Hut.
Summer (May 1 to October 30)
Overnight rates are inclusive of all ACC hut fees and charges, and do not include national park pass fees.
Sleeping Capacity: 10
Bedding: Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Cooking: Propane stovetops (propane supplied)
Lighting: Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Heat: Propane heater
Water Source: Snow melt
The approach follows approximately the same route in summer and winter. The Asulkan Valley Trail leads from the Illecillewaet Campground, steepening in the later sections to reach the crest of the moraine below the hut.
Please note that Parks Canada removes bridges over stream crossings on this trail each year on October 1st and replaces them each year near the middle of June (dependent upon conditions). Access to the Asulkan Cabin will require a stream crossing during this period. Please check the Glacier National Park Trail Conditions Report website for up to date info on the trail and the state of the bridges.
Quick Description: A 4-5 hour ski (winter) or hike (summer)
Elevation Gain to Hut: 850 m (2,790 ft)
Approach Description: Printable PDF
Trail Report: Parks Canada
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