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