Brew Hut

Summer access: 4.5 hrs
Winter access: 7 hrs
Location: 50.04002, -123.19125
Hut fee: $10 per person per night

About Brew Hut
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: Dec. 31, 2022

Conditions reports
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All good  Peter O'Connor 

Hut was clean, trail was icy at parts but doable, snow was fairly crusty for most of it. Paid $30 to the cash box.

Also if you're looking for volunteers I live in Squamish and would be happy to help out with occasional wood hauling/maintenance/etc. I've been up to the hut three times now and I think it's great.
Jan. 30, 2023

Great Trip to Brew (Jan 27th - 29th)  Dylan Chernick 

About 5 Creek Crossings that required taking the skis off on the way up and down from Brew. Took about 9 hours to get to the hut from the Winter Parking lot with around 1 hour of combined breaks. Took about 4 hours to get down.

Hut was is good condition. There are about 5 or 6 blue mats that can be used for seating or sleeping. Had to dig out the woodshed to access wood to replenish the indoor stock. Do not rely on the stove, we tried to turn it on and couldn't get it to work. As mentioned previously, fireplace releases smoke at first but there is a string on the handle to tie and keep the fireplace shut while in use.
Jan. 29, 2023

Open Creek Crossings  Ben Koby 

10+ open creek crossings on roe creek fsr. Sledded to switchback with logs and skinned from there. Just under a 7 hour slog to hut. 10-20 cms of new snow fell from Sunday to Tuesday. Significant wind transport in the alpine with very poor visibility.
Jan. 17, 2023

Did not make it to hut on Jan 14  Sheena Liu 

On the schedule there are 15 people but actually it's only my husband and me that day. The group of 8 did not go to hut on Jan 13. The ice was melting during the day time on the road which made it very hard to walk. Before enter into the woods, there are total about 30 creek to cross and about 15+ was open.
the snow was pretty deep since there are no one before us for several days. My husband and me are not strong hikers so the deep snow made us not reached the tree line before sunset. After keeping hiking for 3hrs we decided to go back.
Jan. 14, 2023