Julian Harrison Hut

Summer access: 1 full day
Winter access: rarely visited
Location: 50.52061, -123.43187
Hut fee: $10 per person per night

About Julian Harrison Hut
About Julian Harrison Hut

Located near the northern edge of the Pemberton Icefield, this hut sits on a remote glacial outwash plain at 1725 m (built 1983). It sleeps around 15 people, and it is open to non-motorized, non-commercial users.

Overseer Mountain, Frozen Boot, and other peaks on the Pemberton Icefield are popular scrambling and mountaineering destinations from the hut. Mt. Meager, across the drainage to the north of the hut, is highly unstable and recently released one of the largest landslides in Canadian history. The area also has a large bear population.

The hut has a wood stove (winter use only) and an outhouse. Firewood should be used sparingly. Endangered whitebark pine trees surround the hut and must not be cut down for firewood. For more information, see the VOC Wiki.

How to get there

The access to this hut is long, and it can be confusing to navigate the road network, which is sometimes altered by intensive logging. As of spring 2021, the trailhead is accessed from Lillooet S FSR, which is closed to motor vehicles at km 2 from April 1 to June 15 and from September 16 to November 30 for grizzly bear conservation under the Wildlife Act. The road is also closed when high temperatures or heavy rainfall indicate high landslide risk. During winter, the road is generally covered in snow.

In summer, drive to the gate at km 23 and park. Do not block the road. Continue on foot or by bike along the Meager South Connector and use the GPS track (below) combined with satellite imagery or a recent map to navigate the logging road network toward the end of the 6C spur road at 50.5545, -123.4613. Watch out for logging traffic and operations, and beware of unstable landslide debris above the road (or in winter, avalanches). To rejoin the trail, follow the marked route toward 50.5527, -123.4562. The trail crosses the Barr Creek bridge and climbs through the forest to the hut. The total distance is 18.8 km and 1730 m elevation gain from the cars.

2021 Harrison GPS track

Last updated: Oct. 23, 2022

Conditions reports
New report
list of kitchen stuff  no name 

6.5hrs to the hut, biking from the 23k gate. There is ongoing machine work being done at the 23k bridge. Reminder that the 2k gate is scheduled for its seasonal closure next weekend. New connector trail (see 2021 track, you'll need to know where connector trail starts) was great, hut generally in good shape. Propane stove may leak. White gas stove has some sort of valve issue but was usable. ~7 armloads of wood inside. Guitar is unusable. The glacier coffee table book is incredible. A second bin would be ideal for washing dishes (there is only one small bin). Current kitchen stuff: 4 different sized pots (one good lid, one crappy lid), forks, butter knives and sharp knives, one bowl, two spatulas, olive oil (didn't inspect), wash cloths (freshly cleaned), white gas lanterns and mantles, propane stove, white gas stove, serving spoon, sponges. No soap. There are no sleeping pads. Many entries in the logbook complain about unreliability of the 2k gate, locked when it shouldn't be.
Sept. 10, 2023

Great trip  Eric Spence 

Hut was in very good condition. 2km gate was open. Cut and chopped a few rounds from a dead log in the forest. Trail in good condition 3-4 logs across the trail.
Aug. 12, 2023

Gate at km 2 was locked  Til S 

Went up Saturday morning (July 29th) and the 2 km gate was padlocked. We were unable to pass and continue on.
July 30, 2023

Trail Largely Clear of Snow  Adam Steele 

Armed with a key from the Ministry of Forests, a VOC work party accessed the hut from Meager Creek this weekend to perform some pest-mitigation work and visit this elusive corner of the Coast Mountains.

The trail (accessed at roughly 50.552785, -123.462891) is in good shape and minimal snow does not begin until near the hut—snowshoes are not required. At the hut, members worked on sealing the base of the outhouse with lumber and rocks to prevent marmot access. Some garbage was removed from the hut, and the latest issue of the VOC Journal was placed in the library.

We were heartened to read many thankful messages in the hut logbook; while we hope access to this area can improve, we are glad to know that some hearty cyclists and ski-traversers continue to visit!
June 4, 2023