Castle Mountain Hut

Rock Climbing and Stunning Views

On Goat Plateau, half-way up the south face of Castle Mountain, is a small tin shack used by rock climbers. The hut boasts one of the most exhilarating views in the Rockies and is the perfect base for climbing classic 5.6 traditional routes such as Brewer’s Buttress, Bass Buttress, and Eisenhower Tower. There are also many harder traditional routes on the walls both below and above the hut.

The hut is not open in the winter months.

Castle Mountain Hut Fact: The hut can be seen from the Trans-Canada Highway as a small white speck on the sixth buttress from the east.

At A Glance

General: On Goat Plateau, halfway up the south face of Castle Mountain
Map and Grid Reference: 82 O/5 (Castle Mountain). Grid Ref 743836
Hut Elevation: 2,390 m (7,850 ft)
GPS: NAD27 11U 535296 5720566
Lat / Long:
Open: Open all year
Rates: $30 members, $40 others

Quick Description: National park trails, scrambling and a short section (20m) of technical climbing.
Elevation Gain to Hut: 915 m (3,000 ft)
Approach Time: 3 to 4 hours
How To Book Check Availability

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations arerequired 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 Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member $15
Per Night Child Non-Member $20

About rates


Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Coleman lanterns – bring white gas and spare mantels
Snow melt

Recreational Opportunities

  • Mountaineering
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering


Fire Lookout approach: Four kilometers of national park trail is followed by scrambling and one short section (20m) of technical climbing (low 5th class). A rope is recommended for this section.

Rockbound Lake approach: The Rockbound Lake trail is followed for approximately 5 km. Smaller trails, scrambling and an exposed traverse ledge lead to the easternmost end of Goat Plateau, which is followed to the hut.

Printable detailed approach description

References and Links

The Hut Experience

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.