Scramble steep trails to reach the historic Abbot Pass Alpine Hut. Marvel at the untouched views and rustic architecture of this iconic mountaineering shelter. Cook dinner, watch the sun set and sleep in the second highest hut in Canada.

Getting here

Location

Abbot Pass (accessible only on foot) between Mount Lefroy and Mount Victoria in Banff National Park and Yoho National Park.

Note: Abbot Pass Hut is in an alpine environment where conditions can deteriorate rapidly including heavy snowfall without warning that could result in avalanche risk. The approach to this facility is recommended for advanced hikers only. Appropriate knowledge, equipment and safety precautions – including a helmet, hiking boots, hiking pole and weather knowledge – are required.


On foot

Abbot Pass Refuge Hut National Historic Site can be reached only on foot. It is a challenging 4 to 5 hour hike (one-way) from Lake O'Hara. Reservations are required and include accommodation and transportation to Lake O'Hara where the trail to Abbot Pass begins.

Drive 12 km west of Lake Louise, Alberta or 14 km east of Field, British Columbia to the Lake O'Hara parking lot. After arriving at Lake O'Hara, hike 3.2 km to Lake Oesa then follow the signs for Abbot Pass. The final approach climbs 460 metres (1,500 vertical feet) on a steep and loose scree slope. The hut is perched on a narrow col between Mount Victoria and Mount Lefroy.

Helmets are mandatory. Reservations are required for overnight guests.

Hours of operation

June to September. Dates may vary.

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply. Detailed fees list

Reservations are required for overnight guests. Contact the Alpine Club of Canada to book your stay.

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