Brew Hut

Summer access: 4.5 hrs
Winter access: 6.5 hrs
Location: 50.04002, -123.19125
Hut fee: $10 per person per night

About Brew Hut
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About Brew Hut

This hut was built in 2005 and sits at 1686 m on an exposed alpine ridge just south of Mt. Brew. It sleeps about 12 people comfortably, but it has fit as many as 20. The hut is open to non-motorized, non-commercial users.

The Brew area receives huge amounts of snow in winter and is a popular destination for backcountry skiing. In summer, hikers visit the heather meadows around Brew Lake, swim in the tarns, and walk up nearby Mt. Brew.

The hut has a wood stove (winter use only), a solar-powered light, and an outhouse. Firewood should be used sparingly, because it is carried in by volunteers. There are small tarns west of the hut for drinking water (no swimming!), although in winter it is sometimes necessary to melt snow. For more information, see the VOC Wiki.

How to get there

Turn onto Chance Creek FSR from Hwy 99 (1.8 km south of the Garibaldi Rubble Creek turnoff). The road is rough but passable for 2WD vehicles. In winter, park in the ploughed parking lot at km 1.6, shared with snowmobilers and Powder Mtn Catskiing. Continue up the road and keep right at major junctions. In summer, park at the new bridge over Roe Creek (km 5.9). For the next 2.5 km, the road is heavily deactivated and is slow travel on skis (but fine in summer). Stay right at major junctions until the trail leaves the road in a cutblock (50.00728, -123.18716; easy to miss). Walk through the forest to Brew Lake, then follow gentle slopes northwest then north to a col. The hut is just east of the col.

In winter, this route is 13.2 km and 1300 m elevation gain. In summer, it is 9.0 km and 990 m elevation. The last section of trail is in open subalpine terrain, is unmarked, and is covered by snow well into the summer. Whiteout conditions are common in every season, and you should have a GPS or be proficient navigating with a map and compass to reach the hut. In winter and spring, there are a few short sections of avalanche terrain.

2022 Brew GPS track

Last updated: June 22, 2022

Conditions reports
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July 22-23, 2022  Morgan Cooper 

Driving:
Chance Creek FSR to Roe Creek Bridge: passable in 2WD with care, no problem in my 2009 Subaru Forester
Past Roe Creek Bridge: we did not attempt as it is full of water bars and has been deactivated right before the beautiful bridge (sigh...) but we did see a Toyota Forerunner that made it all the way to the cutblock

Hiking: TH is very very easy to miss (we did), a future work hike to clear underbrush and mark the right turn off the FSR. Trail is otherwise in OK condition, some minor bushwacking needed below treeline. Mosquitos were atrocious on the FSR and through the trees, better in the alpine. Didn't make it to the hut, lake is still mostly frozen. Patches of snow on the trail are minor before the lake, snow melt and creek runoff creates muddy and wet patches.
July 22, 2022

2wdr park at the bridge, blocked R200- landslides  Nathan Kingston 

All cars we saw this weekend got parked before the bridge. Maybe some 4*4 can drive pass the bridge till the junction with R200, but not on R200, as it was blocked. Buggy in the forest, but not on the top. Spotty snow on the boulders(tricky but manageable), boots were good enough all the way up. We didn't use or check the hut, as it was packed with a large friendly family group when we arrived. The older outhouse was full. Beautiful weather great views. I was so surprised seeing 4 snowmobiles drove around the hut though...
July 2, 2022

Great spring skiing, May 22-23. 2022  Michal Boda 

Roe Creek Road in good shape until the bridge (branch R100). We parked there due to impassable ditches across the road. Road is melted up to branch R200. From there we skin up (there are multiple spots where you have to carry skis). Trail have a good snow coverage and is well marked. In hut is still enough fire wood, few sleeping mats and two luxury pillows!
May 22, 2022

Trail in a good shape  Daniela Rybova 

We made it to the hut in 7 hours with lots of breaks, hut in a good condition, just the axe needs to be replaced as it is difficult cut wood with the one at the cabin. Had a great time!
April 30, 2022