The Alpine Club of Canada

Mount Colin Centennial Hut

Mount Colin Centennial Hut

The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. This hut is used primarily as a base for climbers attempting one of several routes which exist on Colin or the neighbouring CR6. Scrambling and hiking opportunities in this tiny valley are somewhat limited, but you’ll definitely enjoy the peace and solitude the area offers. See all of our huts here.

At A Glance

Trail distance: 13.1 km  
Elevation Gain: 985 m
Trailhead: Overlander, Jasper National Park  
Family Friendly: No
Activities: Climbing, Mountaineering, Scrambling
Technical Considerations: Steep Hiking

This simple hut is primarily used as a base for climbers attempting one of several routes on Mt. Colin or the neighbouring CR6. Solid limestone, sunny exposure, and moderate grades make this an excellent destination for competent rock climbers. Scrambling and hiking opportunities in this tiny valley are limited, but you’ll definitely enjoy the peace and solitude the area offers. 4-7 hour hike up Garonne Drainage. This facility has minimal supplies, users must be prepared to be self-sufficient.

Capacity: 6
Hut Location: 52.9960, -177.9943
Heat: Unheated
Light: Coleman lanterns – bring white gas
Stove: Coleman stove – bring white gas
Oven: No
Mattress: Yes
Open: Summer only

The Hut Experience

Staying in a backcountry hut is a shared, rustic experience. Sleeping, kitchen and living areas are communal. 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.

ALPINE ROCK CLIMBING DESTINATION

Situated beneath the impressive Southwest Face of Mt. Colin in Jasper National Park, this hut is used primarily as a base for climbers attempting one of several routes which exist on Colin or the neighbouring CR6. Scrambling and hiking opportunities in this tiny valley are somewhat limited, but you’ll definitely enjoy the peace and solitude the area offers.

It is reached via the historic Overlander Trail which parallels the Athabasca River for several kilometres before turning up the Garonne Creek drainage and following a steep but decent trail on the north side of the creek. Most parties take 5-7 hours for the hike – this time can be shortened somewhat by using a mountain bike for the first 7 km. You should be capable of dealing with tricky scrambling terrain en route as well as significant exposure. Parties may wish to use a rope for protection especially when crossing the cliff bands along Garonne Creek.

Solid limestone, sunny exposure and moderate grades make this an excellent destination for competent rock climbers.

Mt. Colin Hut panorama. Photo by Nicole Larson
INTERIOR

With a thorough renovation in the summer of 1999, the Colin Hut is a clean and efficient shelter which sleeps 6 comfortably in summer. Equipped with Coleman stoves and lanterns as well as a well stocked cooking area, this hut is similar in design to the Castle Mountain Hut.

Mt. Colin Hut Interior panorama

MEMBER RATES

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

NON-MEMBER RATES

Pricing is subject to change without notice.

This hut is closed for the winter season.
Summer (May 1 to October 30)

There are no pre-set booking schedule for these dorm-style huts. Guests may book and stay for any period.
Overnight rates are inclusive of all fees and charges, including Parks Canada fees.
Beginning summer 2022, Parks Canada Wilderness Pass fees will not be added to your booking.

FACILITIES

Sleeping Capacity: 6

Bedding: Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag

Cooking: Coleman stove – bring white gas

Bathroom: Outhouse

Lighting: Coleman lanterns – bring white gas and spare mantels

Heat: Unheated

Water Source: Snow melt, Creek

RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Summer

  • Mountaineering
  • Scrambling
  • Alpine Rock Climbing

Summer Access: Garrone Flats is gained by hiking or biking from the Sixth Bridge picnic site or by boating across the Athabasca River. The hike up Garrone Drainage to the hut and Mt. Colin involves following some undeveloped trails with occasional exposure. (5-7 hours).

Quick Description: 4-7 hour hike up Garonne Drainage
Elevation Gain to Hut: 985 m (3,230 ft)
Approach Time: 5-7 hours

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Non-Members are welcome to make reservations up to 3 months in advance.

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