Elk Lakes Cabin

At a Glance


In Elk Lakes Park, BC, but usually accessed from Peter Lougheed Park in Alberta.

Map 82J/11; Grid ref 364016

1,740 m (5,709 ft)


Open all year

$25 members, $25 others


200 m gain (and 200 m loss)

3 to 4 hours

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Summer: Family-friendly hiking hut

Elk Lakes in the summer is a welcome base for families exploring the wonderful hiking in the Park. Sparkling lakes, majestic peaks and nearly limitless hiking options are waiting to be explored.

A reasonable 3 to 4 hour hike from Peter Lougheed Park makes this a popular family destination and a first-time backcountry hut experience for many.

Winter: Ski touring and ice climbing that’s closer than you think

The Elk Lakes Cabin in the winter is a cozy and warm base for ski touring and ice climbing adventures. Ski tourers ofter refer to Elk Lakes as a lesser-known Lake O’Hara, with outstanding terrain and fluffy BC powder.

Fat, pure-ice routes and skinny, modern mixed climbs abound in the area, mostly on the south face of Mt. Fox that overlooks the upper Elk Lake. Tick off classic Rockies ice climbs by day, dry your ropes in the cozy cabin by night.

ACC Hut in BC Parks

The Elk Lakes Cabin is one of five huts operated by the ACC which reside in the BC Parks jurisdiction. ACC Membership is not required to advance book or receive a discounted rate at these huts.

Lower Elk Lake Wilderness Campground

There are 10 wilderness walk in campsites at Lower Elk Lake. This area offers toilets, fire rings, food cache, and tent pads on the north side of the lake in the trees.

Bookings can be made through BC Parks’ Backcountry Registration System. Fees are $5/person.

Elk Lakes fact: In summer the Elk Lakes Cabin can be accessed by mountain bikes (although all of the other trails in the park are hiking-only)

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations are required at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. Both ACC members and nonmember may book up to 12 months in advance at a BC Parks Hut.
  • 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 NightAdult$25
Per NightChild$25
About Rates


Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Propane stove and oven – propane is supplied
Propane lighting – propane is supplied
Wood stove – firewood is provided
Snow melt, Creek
Camping available on site

Recreational Opportunities