Mount Colin Centennial Hut

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

At A Glance

Location
General: On the southwest side of Mt. Colin, Jasper National Park
Map and Grid Reference: 83 C/13 (Medicine Lake); Grid Reference: 333723
Hut Elevation: 2,000 m (6,560 ft)
GPS: NAD83 11U 433333 5872361
Lat / Long: 52°59' 48" / -117°59' 36"
Rates
Open: Open June - October. Closed in winter.
Rates: $30 members, $40 others

Access
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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Interior

Mt. Colin Hut Interior panorama

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.

 

Hut Bookings

  • Reservations arerequired at all ACC huts.
  • ACC membership is not required to book huts. ACC members can book 12 months in advance. Non-members can book 30 days in advance
  • 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.

Rates

Per Night Adult Member $30
Per Night Adult Non-Member $40
Per Night Child Member $15
Per Night Child Non-Member $20

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Facilities

6
Mattress pads provided, bring your own sleeping bag
Coleman stove – bring white gas
Outhouse
Coleman lanterns – bring white gas and spare mantels
Unheated
Snow melt, Creek

Recreational Opportunities

Summer
  • Mountaineering
  • Alpine Rock Climbing
  • Scrambling

Access

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).

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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.