ACC- Bow Hut

ACC- Bow Hut near Banff, AB

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16 kms
Hiking, Back Country Skiing
Winter, Fall, Summer
Banff, AB
User xtremepeaks

Bow Hut , Wapta Icefield, Banff National Park

GPS Coordinates: 51d38' 06"-116d29' 24" NAD27 11U 535296 5720566

Popular base for mountaineering and backcountry skiing, can be used as part of the Wapta Icefield Traverse. Access from the highway takes 3-6 hours of challenging skiing or hiking. Class A, sleeps 30.

An excellent base for mountaineering and ski-touring on the Wapta Icefields in both the summer and the winter. It is the largest, best equipped and most accessible of the four huts on the Wapta. See also the Whyte (Peyto), R.J. Ritchie (Balfour) and Scott Duncan Huts.

Possibly the most efficient and best-situated of the ACC huts, Bow is a base for some of the very finest ski-mountaineering in all of the Rockies. It is a bright, spacious structure located on the edge of the Wapta Icefield and is used as a stopover during a traverse of the Wapta or as a destination in itself. Several days can be spent here doing classic tours and ski ascents of peaks on the Icefields. This newer version of the hut was built in 1989 and has a propane system for cooking and lighting and a wood stove for heating.

For detailed information please visit the ACC hut webpage.

see also Bow falls trail.


The most common approach is the scenic one from Bow Lake and it takes most parties about three to six hours. Members of the party should have experience travelling through avalanche terrain. The hut can accommodate 30 people comfortably.

Drive up the Columbia Icefields Highway approx 40 km north from the TC Hway at Lake Louise, and park at the trailhead at Num-Ti-Jah Lodge. Head west 300m or so between the lodge and the beach and you'll find the actual trailhead. In winter ski across the lake.

Though most popular as a winter destination, there are tons of great summer objectives from this hut as well.

Alpine Club of Canada

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Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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