Castle Mountain Hut

The ACC operates the largest network of backcountry huts in North America. Castle Mountain 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 on Castle Mountain.  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).

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

Location
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:
Rates
Open: Summer Only
Rates: See below

Access
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
Approach Description: Printable PDF
How To Book

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Rates
(Whole Hut)

All hut pricing is subject to change without notice.

Summer 2021

  ACC Member Non-Member
Price per night $50 $55
Shoulder season discounts: The nightly rate will be reduced by 50% at the time of booking for all bookings between May 1 and June 17 and October 5 and October 31.

Summer bookings are open to single or multiple night bookings with no schedule and no minimum number of nights.

There are no "transition days" in between bookings. All parties are responsible to sanitize the hut on arrival and before departing.

There are no COVID upgrades at these facilities. Guests should bring their own hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, etc.

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Facilities

Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Outhouse
Coleman lanterns – bring white gas and spare mantels
Unheated
Creek
Propane stove, bring your own canister (green)
 

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Mountaineering

Access

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.

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.