Mount Colin Centennial Hut

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

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: See below

Access
Quick Description: 4-7 hour hike up Garonne Drainage
Elevation Gain to Hut: 985 m (3,230 ft)
Approach Time: 5-7 hours
Approach Description: (see below)
How To Book

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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.

 

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
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.

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.