Hike-in Required
No
Sleeps
9+
Potable water
No
Heated
No
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The Keith Flavelle Memorial Mountain Hut is located near treeline at 1,650 meters above sea level on the East Ridge of Mount Joffre, and it is accessible from Highway 99 via Cerise Creek. This hut is comfortable, has easy access, and rewards visitors with a great location near nice big skiing and snowboarding lines. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the more popular areas in the region and gets very crowded during peak times. As of June 2019, this route is no longer safe to access. Until further notice, the Cerise Creek area is closed. Two large landslides have wiped out large sections of trail. There is also risk of further slides. This has dramatically altered the approach route along both summer and winter trails. It also poses a continued risk. BC Parks has closed the area. For updates visit the Nlhaxen Conservancy.

Keith Flavelle passed away April 29, 1986 at the age of 22 in a climbing accident on Mount Logan. The hut was built in 1988 by his friends and family with the hopes of helping people get out and enjoy the mountains in his honor. Building on Keith’s legacy, 20 years later in 2008, the Nihaxten/Cerise Creek Wilderness Conservancy was established to preserve the area for low-impact wilderness activities, partly in response to the increased traffic and popularity of the area since the hut was built.

Accessing Keith’s Hut is relatively quick and easy. The trail ascends up the Cerise Creek drainage from Highway 99 for about 5.5 kilometers with 450 meters of elevation gain. Along the way there are a few turnoffs heading up Vantage Ridge to the east and Mount Chief Pascal to the west, but it’s fairly easy to follow the main trail up Cerise Creek. After two creek crossings in the first 600 meters, the next 4 kilometers of the trail are fairly flat, easy walking before the slope gets a little steeper as it approaches the hut. Situated among huge glaciers and the iconic peaks of Matier and Joffre, which feature some legendary local couloirs and descents, the hut provides access to some fantastic skiing, snowboarding, climbing, and scrambling.

The 600-square-foot cabin is comfortable and rustic, designed to sleep 14 people in the loft, although there have undoubtedly been many more than that on some nights. It comes equipped with a few amenities such as a wood-burning fireplace, solar powered lights, a sink and dishwashing area, a large snow-melting pot, and a few games, books, and maps. Users are required to carry their own sleeping and cooking gear and of course pack out what they pack in.

Always remember to leave the hut in better condition than you found it; overnight visitors should consider making a donation to the Keith Flavelle Memorial Hut Society. The ongoing upkeep of the hut is done by volunteers and relies on donations from users and local businesses to provide things like helicopter-delivered firewood and building supplies. Contributions can be made in cash at the hut, by mail, or at keithshut.ca via credit card or PayPal. For individual users, the hut operates on a pay-what-you-can basis; however, large or commercial groups are expected to pay a $20 fee per person per night.

For more information visit keithshut.ca.

Logistics + Planning

Parking Pass

Not Required

Open Year-round

Yes

Price per night

$1-70/night

Pros

Easy access. Beautiful setting. Fantastic skiing and snowboarding. Nice, comfortable hut.

Cons

Gets extremely crowded during peak times.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Managed by

Keith Flavelle Memorial Hut Society

Features

Wood stove
Firewood provided

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia
Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Strawberry Point, Twin One, Lizzie Bay, Driftwood Bay
Squamish-Lillooet Area, British Columbia

Comments

05/26/2019
Important Update. This Route is no longer safe to access

Until further notice the Cerise Creek area is closed. Two Large landslides that made up a full 1/8 of the mountains total mass have wiped out large sections of trail. There is also risk of further slides. See photos from Drew Bradshaw attached. This has dramatically altered the Approach route along both Summer and Winter Trails. It also poses a continued risk as the rubble is not stable, and a third massive slide is considered very likely.

BC Parks has closed the area. For updates visit the Nlhaxen Cosnervancy Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/cnsrvncy/nlhaxten-cerise-crk/

Lee Lau's Website has the best information cataloging the change and conditions.
http://www.leelau.net/sharonandlee/joffre-peak-a-known-producer-tm-sharon-bader/
09/29/2018
The vast majority of Keith's hut users are like the author of this article. Respectful and incredibly gracious for the use of this wonderful space.

Unfortunately in recent years garbage has been increasing and firewood stocks have been rapidly depleted. Reports of bonfires, and loud speaker parties are still uncommon, but not unheard of it. There is also a rapid decline in donations. The Keith Flavelle Memorial Hut Society is concerned, and I am making efforts to let folks know that while the libertarian principles of no bookings, and leaving users to folks to sort out their own conflicts remain there are a few principles that need to be reiterated

1) Firewood is incredibly expensive to fly in. It's about $15 a log. Think of the folks who might be there on a cold July weekend before you throw in a extra log in a very well insulated building.
2) There should be ABSOLUTELY NO FIRES OUTSIDE THE STOVE. The firewood is for HEATING PURPOSES ONLY
3) Respect your hut mates. Speakers, phone music and the like is not banned, but come on.... if you're going to play noise, ask the people around you first if it's chill

4) This hut is founded for the purpose of ski touring and mountaineering. That means alpine starts, and early mornings. Be courteous at night so that others will be courteous in the morning.
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