Make the most of beautiful Cerise Creek Wilderness with only small effort! Easy hike, beautiful scenery, and ALWAYS leave the place better than how you found it.

Starting from the side of the highway outside of Pemberton, continue towards Duffy Lake past Joffre Lake trail head. Cross the Cayoosh Creek bridge and pass the work sheds on your right with a green roof, 3.3km from this is a shoulder and between no-stopping avalanches areas, you will see a pull off available (Lat 50.3812967797867, Long -122.412581102679).

The route follows a clear path through the forest to a spectacular hut, Keiths Hut. Note that in the winter with more snow, part of this route would not be possible so you must take the slower winter route. The summer route is short and flat, about 4.0km each way and only 350m elevation gain. After a few km's of relatively flat route, you will get to a sign that points left and says "Glacier", take the right route for a more direct line to the hut which gets a bit steeper and may not be accessible in the winter. The left route is longer but can still loop around (although I do not know how well marked the loop is as we didn't take this trail). The standard route is an easy trot with some dusting of snow and then gets a little deeper but nothing a good pair of waterproof boots won't handle. (extra equipment would be needed later in the season as the snow builds up). This hut becomes a very busy back country ski base.. The eastern end of this pull off the trail head is easy to find although unmarked. 

Before sunset we went out to explore some ridges and see the glacier. With extra gear I am sure mountaineers can continue further and summit some of the surrounding peaks. We repeated this again in the morning for sunrise before cleaning up the hut, chopping wood for the next group and trotting back to the car.

This hut is open on a first come first serve basis and runs through donations from public and corporate. Do look after the place and feel free to donate if you enjoyed it.  Learn more at the Keith's Hut website.

Pack List

  • Warm Layers
  • Wind/rain layers
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Fire Starting equipment
  • Emergency first aid
  • Multi tool kit
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Food
  • Extra Food
  • Wine
  • Camera equipment
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RT Distance 5.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1312.3 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic

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Donations are recommended

Please be advised... using firewood outside of the hut is absolutely not permitted. Bonfires have become common. Even in winter they are dangerous, wasteful, and not in the spirit of making the hut a comfortable place for others. Each log cost as much as $10 as it is flown into the hut. This allows the local flora to be kept beautiful and intact. There are a multitude of others expenses that go into maintenance. Please respect this work, effort and the memory of Keith.


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