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Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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  • Winter chains are needed to reach this parking lot most of the winter season.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The first section of trail is clear, wide and obvious. - Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The trail switchbacks up through large ceders, Douglas fir, and hemlocks.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The trail plateaus at about the 4.5-kilometer mark. This is where Red Heather warming hut is.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Room enough for about 15 to 20 people to cram in, have a snack, and warm up.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The hut has a hot plate but no water.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The hut is usually stocked with chopped wood.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The trail carries on past the outhouse.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Once you reach the ridge, Atwell Peak and Mount Garibaldi come into view.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Climbing through meadows above the clouds.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The first of many micro zones for backcountry skiing.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Less vertical drop as you head north.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Signage keeps you on the trail and away from avalanche dangers.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Gladded Bowls.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • Smooth powder runs.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The ridge leads back to Elfin Lakes Hut.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The trail side of the ridge offers beautiful views of Sky Pilot Mountain.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • The ridge leads back to Elfin Lakes Hut.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • One last fun zone on the way back to the Red Heather Hut.- Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • One last glimpse of Garibaldi before the descent through the trees. - Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
  • - Paul Ridge + The Red Heather Hut
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Close to town. Easy climbing. Warming hut.
Cons: 
Snow chains needed. Crowds.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Max slope angle: 
0-15 degrees
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Total Distance: 
16.00 km (9.94 mi)
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,000.00 m (3,280.84 ft)
Vertical descent: 
600.00 m (1,968.50 ft)
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Adventure Description

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Just up the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver is Squamish and Garibaldi Provincial Park. From Squamish, a short drive takes you up the mountain and into the park where you have what seems like endless terrain for various activities both in summer and winter.

The trail that leads to the Elfin Lake Hut draws in adventurers of all sorts for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. About 4.5 kilometers from the trailhead is the Red Heather Hut. This hut is run by the park for day use only. Inside are picnic tables and a woodstove with wood stored outside. The hut has a gas-powered hot plate but no running water or power.

From the hut, the trail climbs through a meadow and up to Paul Ridge. It skirts around the south side of the ridge through old-growth forest before descending down to Elfin Lakes. There is some downhill skiing available on the south side, but more is available on the north side of the ridge.

About 3 kilometers of the ridge offers a half-dozen or so micro-zones of tree lines and open bowls. The runs are not long, but they are generally a safe bet when avalanche dangers are high up in the mountains. Bigger mountains and longer lines can be found past Elfin Lakes. This area is just the beginning of the park and offers outstanding views in all directions, an amazing way to spend the day or start your multi-day trip through the park.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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