Abbot Pass Hut, Mt. Victoria, Yoho and Banff National Park.
This National Historic Site gives access to classic mountaineering routes on Mts. Victoria and Lefroy. Also used as a destination in itself. Summer access involves a 3-6 hour steep hike. Not used in winter. Class A, sleeps 24.
This delightful stone cabin is certainly the most unique of the ACC huts, both for its location and design. Sitting astride the wind-swept crest of Abbot Pass at the impressive height of 9,598 feet, it is second only to the Neil Colgan hut as the highest permanent structure in Canada. Built in 1922 and earning a rich history ever since, this hut makes a perfect base for mountaineering attempts on Mts. Victoria and Lefroy or as an objective for strong hikers and scramblers.
Remember- you are entering an alpine environment. Appropriate knowledge, equipment and safety precautions are required.
There are three approaches to Abbot Pass in the summer, two of which require technical skills and experience. The easiest and most logical way is to approach from the Lake O'Hara side, hiking the scenic trail to Lake Oesa then following the interesting and strenuous route up the wide scree gully which drops directly from the pass. Hikers may opt to take the scheduled bus to Lake O'Hara.
This hut is visited very rarely in winter, and only by extremely experienced mountaineers. One must spend considerable time in avalanche terrain; not recommended.
The hut has room for 24 people and has a propane system for cooking and lighting. An efficient wood stove provides the heat.
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Posted By: pantonysr
- Mon Aug 08 19:47:13 UTC 2016
UpsideSublime DownsideBlood, sweat and tears for me: Bled from toes, inside proper hiking boots, profuse sweat produced tears... CommentAbbot Hut route waypoints extrapolated from Google Earthâ??s best resolution and position (which ainâ??t great) August 2016 to supplement Alpine Club https://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AbbotPassHut.pdf and Soistheman http://www.soistheman.com/diary/page.php?id=abbot-pass-hut and the provided Google Earth image and waypoints of the route One: Easy path on scree leading to caves Elevation 7,519â??, UTM 11U 548168, 5699720 Two: Caves 7,816â??, UTM 548489, 5689845 Three: Ledges from gully and stream approximate location 8,074â??, 548618, 5689919 Four: Various ledges up to boulder field 8,059â??, 548726, 5689838 Five: Trail approaching final scree which may vary by season 8,233â??, 548923, 5689945 Six: Entry to final scree slope switchback 8,412â??, 549084, 5690086 Seven: Loose scree rockslide hazard 8,870â??, 549284, 5690277 Eight: Scree some snow August 2016 followed by handholds on rock formations 9,116â??, 549328, 5690376 Nine: Abbot Hut on pass looking NE to Lake Louise (error on labeling) Map and GPS references Map reference: 82N/8 (Lake Louise) Grid reference: 495903 GPS coordinates: 51Â°21â?? 54â??-116Â°17â?? 12â?? NAD83 11U 549660 5690657 Hut elevation: 2,926 metres (9,598 feet)
Note to person with drawl, wearing sandals without socks, attempting Abbot Hut: Rocky Mountain scree is rotten Rockies tons of loose rocks which risks making your feet look like raw hamburger. Maybe only familiar with granite mountains?