Elfin Lakes Hut

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

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Elfin Lakes Hut

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  • The trails back to the hut wind through old-growth forest.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The hut sits at the base of Mount Garibaldi.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The hut is two levels. The first floor is below the snow level.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • All of the sleeping quarters are upstairs.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • Bunk bed style sleeping. - Elfin Lakes Hut
  • Open floors allow kitchen heat to warm the hut.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The bunks have one spot on top and two on the bottom.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The front socializing game room.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The gas stove is locked to the public but does have lots of drying racks.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The main eating and cooking area.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The kitchen has two hot plates.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • There are two cooking/prep areas on either side of the hut.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The hut has large pots for melting snow.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The view of the Tantalus Range as seen from the hut.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • Great skiing, touring, and mountaineering just beyond the hut.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • Mamquam Mountain in the distance.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • Looking back at Paul Ridge.- Elfin Lakes Hut
  • The Elfin Lakes Trail is accessible by skis or snowshoes in the winter.- Elfin Lakes Hut
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful location. Summer and winter use. Solitude.
Cons: 
Can be busy. Reservations required. No running water.
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Region:
Squamish-Lillooet Area, BC
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Open Dates: 
Year Round
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Light rain overnight.
61°F
43°

Sat

Light rain until afternoon.
56°F
49°

Sun

Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
66°F
48°

Mon

Clear throughout the day.
71°F
50°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
67°F
50°

Wed

Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
61°F
46°

Thu

Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
59°F
46°

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Pet Friendly (allowed inside): 
No
Wood Stove: 
Yes
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Showers: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
No
Kitchen: 
Yes
Outdoor Fire Pit/BBQ: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
BC Parks
Reservation phone #: 
800-689-9025
Address: 
Canada
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Property Description

Property Description

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A short drive from the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish, British Columbia, is Garibaldi Provincial Park. The park is an outdoor adventurer's playground. The mountainous terrain is home to many trails, high alpine passes, and lakes. Accessing this park is done via several main trailheads along the Sea to Sky Highway, but to access the Elfin Lakes backcountry hut, the Diamond Head Trailhead is the shortest and most widely used.

Getting to the hut during the winter months must be done on skis or snowshoes and is about 11 kilometers from the trailhead. The trail is marked and fairly easy to follow even after a fresh snowfall. The hut sits below Mount Garibaldi and is the gateway to many more trails and adventures. 

The hut itself offers accommodations for 33 people and is only available by reservation via BC Parks. The sleeping arrangements are all bunk beds with a spot for one person on the top bunk and room for two on the bottom. Below the sleeping area is the kitchen and social area. The front room has seating for 20 to 25 for eating or games, a gas-powered woodstove that supplies heat for the hut, and drying racks for gear. The other side of the bottom floor is the kitchen and eating area. Two kitchen counters are on either side of the room, each with their own two-element burners and pots for cooking. Also in this room is seating for about 20 at the table, and there bench seating lines the outside walls. 

Trails and entrances leading to and from the hut and toilets do need to be maintained as new snow falls, and guests are expected to do this.

The hut is situated so that it is accessible for a day hike, a home base for other day hikes, or a starting/finishing point for many multi-day trips. Make sure to make reservations and get out there to see all the beauty for yourself.

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