Tantalus Hut - Vancouver Section

Climbing Hut on Lake Lovely Water

The Tantalus hut was built by the ACC in 1961 as a base for mountaineering in the Tantalus Range. It is located at the outflow end of Lake Lovely Water (elevation 1,173 m / 3,850 ft) in the Tantalus Range in the Coast Mountains, approximately 64 km northwest of Vancouver. There are excellent mountaineering objectives and additional opportunities for swimming, canoeing and fishing.

The hut is a two-story wooden structure with a large kitchen / dining room on the main floor and a sleeping loft with foam mattresses for 16 people above. The kitchen is equipped with propane cooking as well as cooking and eating utensils. There is a dock nearby with two large rowboats and a canoe.

While there are only two short hikes, Lamda Lake and Niobe Meadows, there is a wide variety of climbing opportunities of various grades. Classic alpine routes abound on such peaks as: Alpha 2,305 m (7,562 ft); Niobe 2,021m (6,630 ft); Omega 1,918m (6,293 ft); Pelops 2,015m (6,611 ft) and others. Climbing in the area is covered in Climbing and Hiking in Southwestern B.C. by Bruce Fairley, and in Alpine Select by Kevin McLane.

Access to the Lake Lovely Water trail requires crossing the Squamish River. There are a number of options:

At A Glance

General: At the east end of Lake Lovely Water in the Tantalus Range, near Squamish, BC
Map and Grid Reference: 92G/14 (Cheakamus River); Grid Reference 819146
Hut Elevation: 1,173 metres (3,850 feet)
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Rates: Go to accvancouver.ca for up-to-date rates and guidelines.

Quick Description: A steep, strenuous hike with slippery creek crossings. Care must be taken when hiking up from the Squamish River.
Elevation Gain to Hut: 1,150 metres
Approach Time: 3.5 to 7 hours
How To Book


The Tantalus Hut is maintained and operated by the Vancouver Section of the ACC. Reservations are required as the hut is kept locked. 

The hut is open from June 1 to September 30 annually.

Hut Custodian: Anna Milino
More information is available here - https://accvancouver.ca/huts

Consider cancellation and/or appropriate emergency medical insurance for your trip (link below):

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Please go to accvancouver.ca for up-to-date rates and guidelines.


16 (2 8-person dorm rooms with ladder access)
Bring your own LED lighting
Wood stove – fire bricks are provided

Recreational Opportunities

  • Trail Hiking
  • Scrambling
  • Mountaineering


Access by Helicopter: Squamish Airport direct to hut. Contact Black Tusk Helicopters 604-898-4800 or Blackcomb Helicopters 604-898-1067.

Access On Foot: Cross the Squamish River and take the trail to Lake Lovelywater. A steep, strenuous hike with slippery creek crossings. Care must be taken when hiking up from the Squamish River. For access across the Squamish River, please refer to the information on the BC Parks - Tantalus Park website.

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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 are 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.