A. O. Wheeler Hut

 The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. The Wheeler Hut serves as a base for the legendary powder skiing of the Rogers Pass area. In summer there are numerous opportunities for climbing and hiking. See all of our huts here

ACC Hut Bookings

  • Bookings are exclusive for the entire hut. Rates are based on booking the hut, not per user.
  • Orders and Provincial guidelines for gatherings may change between the time of booking and scheduled arrival date. All hut users must meet current guidelines and restrictions for gatherings, even if those numbers are less than facility capacities. The ACC reserves the right to revoke any bookings that do not comply with the current order or guidelines at the time of your booking.
  • Please see the hut rates below and see our Booking Huts page for more information.
  • All guests with bookings at ACC huts are encouraged to read the latest provincial health regulations:
  • Covid Safety Plan (pdf).

The Birthplace of North American Alpinism

Carrying on the tradition of the Glacier House which was closed in 1925 and now exists only as a few concrete foundation pieces, the Wheeler Hut serves as a base for the legendary powder skiing of the Rogers Pass area. In summer there are numerous opportunities for climbing and hiking.

This is the birthplace of alpinism in North America. Many of the routes are steeped in tradition and history, an interesting fact to remember as you reach for that next impeccable quartzite handhold or take that next footstep along one of the many trails which wind through the lush cedar forests that dominate the region.

This is the one and only ACC hut which can be reached by vehicle in summer. Winter access is a mere 2 km along a well-broken and level trail.

It is difficult to convey to the first time visitor the number and quality of the summer and winter day trips possible from the hut. The potential is outstanding from this single hut including summer hikes to Asulkan Pass or up the Great Glacier Trail to the Illicilewaet Glacier, summer climbs to Sapphire Col, Mt. Sir Donald, and Avalanche Peak; winter ski tours to Young’s Peak, the Seven Steps of Paradise, the Dome Glacier – the list goes on and on. Go and explore for yourself, you will not be disappointed!

At A Glance

Location
General: 3 .5 km west of Rogers Pass Info Center
Map and Grid Reference: 82N/6 (Blaeberry), Grid Reference 657791
Hut Elevation: 1250 m (4100 ft)
GPS: NAD83 11U 465700E 5679300N
Lat / Long: 51°15’ 48”-117°29’ 24”
Rates
Open: Open all year
Rates: See below

Access
Quick Description: The hut is a short ski (45 minutes) from the highway in winter. In summer the hut is accessible by vehicles.
Approach Description: Printable PDF
Trail Report:
Parks Canada
How To Book

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The Wheeler Hut is quite luxurious! A propane system provides the cooking and lighting, with two wood stoves for heating. The hut sleeps 30 in summer and 24 in winter.

Note: High season rates apply at the Wheeler Hut from December 21 to April 30 annually.

IMPORTANT – You must display a parking pass when accessing the Wheeler Hut from the Asulkan parking lot.

Other Huts in the Area

The Asulkan Cabin is a four-hour hike or ski from the Wheeler Hut. Mountaineers can continue on from the Asulkan Cabin to the Sapphire Col Hut.

The Glacier Circle Cabin is reached from the Wheeler Hut via a long glacier trip.

Rates
(Whole Hut)

All hut pricing is subject to change without notice.

Summer 2021

  ACC Member Non-Member
Price per night $600 $660
*Shoulder season rates: take 50% off the summer 2021 prices above from May 01 - June 17 and Oct 05 - Oct 31.

Summer bookings are for 3-night stays (Fri, Sat, Sun); 2-night stays (Mon and Tues or Wed and Thurs); or any combination of available blocks of these nights.


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Facilities

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

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Mountaineering
  • Scrambling
  • Trail Hiking
Winter
  • Ski Touring
  • Ski Mountaineering

Access

Wheeler Hut is accessed via the Illecillewaet Campground road, 3.5 km west of Rogers Pass Information Centre. In the summer months you can park very close to the hut. In the winter the campground road is not plowed and the hut is reached by skiing 1.2 km (30-45 min) from the parking lot on the highway.

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.

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.