The Alpine Club of Canada

Tantalus Hut – Vancouver Section

Tantalus Hut – Vancouver Section

At A Glance

General: At the east end of Lake Lovely Water in the Tantalus Range, near Squamish, BC
Map and Grid Reference: 92G/14 (Cheakamus River); Grid Reference 819146
Hut Elevation: 1,173 metres (3,850 feet)
GPS: –
Lat / Long: –

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.


The Jim Haberl Hut is located in the Tantalus Range, just northwest of Squamish, BC. It is located at 2,030 m (6,660 ft) elevation in the Serratus-Dione Col, about a 6-hour hike above Lake Lovely Water and the Tantalus Hut or a full 14 hours (usually done over two days) from the Squamish River. The site is located on the edge of Tantalus Provincial Park at 551600 northerly/477800 easterly on map 92G/14 (Cheakamus River).

The hut is a single story wood frame structure with metal roofing and cladding. There is a large kitchen and sitting room with wonderful views to the north, south and west. There are also two sleeping rooms with bunks for 6 people each. While the hut is kept locked, there is an unlocked vestibule for emergency use.

The mountaineering terrain around the hut is dramatic and most suitable for intermediate and advanced climbers. There is a wide variety of mixed snow and rock routes of various grades on peaks such as: Tantalus 2,603 m (8,540 ft); Dione 2,590 m (8,500 ft); Alpha 2,305 m (7,562 ft); Serratus 2,326 m (7,632 ft) and others. The hut is conveniently located for climbers doing the full traverse of the Tantalus Range. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.

The terrain is not suitable for general ski touring due to the avalanche hazard, however steep skiing and snowboarding is possible by experienced parties during spring months. Several paragliders have enjoyed flights from the Serratus-Dione Col to the Squamish Valley.


Pricing is subject to change without notice.

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Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Please go to for up-to-date rates and guidelines.


Sleeping Capacity: 16 (2 8-person dorm rooms with ladder access)

Bathroom: Outhouse

Lighting: Bring your own LED lighting

Heat: Wood stove – fire bricks are provided



  • Trail Hiking
  • Scrambling
  • Mountaineering

The Tantalus hut was built by the ACC in 1961 as a base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at the outflow end of Lake Lovely Water (elevation 1,173 m / 3,850 ft) in the Tantalus Range in the Coast Mountains, approximately 64 km northwest of Vancouver. There are excellent mountaineering objectives and additional opportunities for swimming, canoeing and fishing.

The hut is a two-story wooden structure with a large kitchen / dining room on the main floor and a sleeping loft with foam mattresses for 16 people above. The kitchen is equipped with propane cooking as well as cooking and eating utensils. There is a dock nearby with two large rowboats and a canoe.

While there are only two short hikes, Lamda Lake and Niobe Meadows, there is a wide variety of climbing opportunities of various grades. Classic alpine routes abound on such peaks as: Alpha 2,305 m (7,562 ft); Niobe 2,021m (6,630 ft); Omega 1,918m (6,293 ft); Pelops 2,015m (6,611 ft) and others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.

Access to the Lake Lovely Water trail requires crossing the Squamish River. There are a number of options:

  • Helicopter access is available from Squamish, and can be arranged by contacting Black Tusk Helicopters 604-898-4800 or Blackcomb Helicopters 604-898-1067.
  • Float plane access is available from Harbour Air (1-800-665-0212). Access is also available from Whistler, provided by Whistler Air (1-888-806-2299 or

Quick Description:
A steep, strenuous hike with slippery creek crossings. Care must be taken when hiking up from the Squamish River.
Elevation Gain to Hut: 1,150 metres
Approach Time: 3.5 to 7 hours

The Tantalus Hut is maintained and operated by the Vancouver Section of the ACC. Reservations are required as the hut is kept locked.

The hut is open from June 1 to September 30 annually.

Hut Custodian: Anna Milino
More information is available here.

Consider cancellation and/or appropriate emergency medical insurance for your trip.

We encourage all of our hut guests to purchase or renew their ACC membership prior to reserving their hut stay, this will save both of us some time!

We continue to monitor, and ask all of our hut users to abide by, all provincial health regulations. We do this in support of our government agencies, our health care system, local businesses and the collective health of our community.

We thank you for doing your part.

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