Brian Waddington Hut

Summer access: 3 hrs
Winter access: 6 hrs
Location: 50.63059, -122.67985
Hut fee: $10 per person per night

About Brian Waddington Hut
About Brian Waddington Hut

Built in 1998, this spacious hut sits in a subalpine basin at 1715 m beside Long Lake. It sleeps more than 25 people. The hut is open to non-motorized, non-commercial users.

Backcountry skiers visit the hut for dry snow and challenging runs. In summer, Mt. Gandalf, Mt. Aragorn, and Mt. Shadowfax are fun scrambling destinations. The VOC discourages visits to the area between August 15th and October 15th, when it is sensitive habitat for grizzly bears.

The hut has a wood stove (winter use only) and an outhouse. Firewood should be used sparingly, because it is carried in by volunteers. A creek south of the hut is open year-round for drinking water. For more information, see the VOC Wiki.

How to get there

Blackwater Creek FSR is ploughed in winter up to the start of Phelix Creek FSR near km 13. This is the winter parking lot. In summer, drive 4.4 km up Phelix Creek FSR to the barricades at the second bridge and park (2WD accessible; keep left at the fork before the bridge). Walk up the road through a few cutblocks until the road becomes a trail and climbs through mature forest to Long Lake. If the lake is not frozen, walk around the north side to the hut. The total distance is 5.5 km and 600 m elevation gain (9.9 km and 1090 m in winter). In winter and especially in spring, there is overhead hazard along Phelix Creek FSR from large avalanche paths.

2021 Phelix GPS track

Last updated: Nov. 30, 2021

Conditions reports
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Beautiful but buggy!  Alana P 

We parked at the roadblock before the bridge. Nice easy hike in, trail was a bit overgrown at the start but opens up as you get into the forest. Lots of muddy/minor flooded sections along the trail. Not bad all in all.
But be warned, BUGS WERE TERRIBLE!! Black flies to start the hike, millions of mosquitoes around the lake and a cloud of mosquitoes and horseflies to follow you up your objectives.
The stove at the cabin was looking in pretty rough shape. A few extra fuel bottles waiting to be used up, although with the state of the current stove, almost work bringing your own along to use instead.
Aug. 10, 2022

Wet and Bushy  Gabrielle Booth 

Trail up to the hut quite wet and muddy after the broken car and by the lake. The lake is high and has flooded out some of the trail around it. Pretty bushy at the start of the approach hike and very bushy on the trail north of the hut (towards the upper lakes and Shadowfax). Bug season is in full swing. Loads of folks (upwards of 40?) came through during the four nights I spent up there! But overall, wonderful scrambling weather up there!

Someone left a puffy and a sleeping mat - email me if these are yours!
Aug. 8, 2022

Rockslide on road driveable  Vincent Hanlon 

The rockslide/washout a few km up the Phelix Creek logging road was narrow, but driveable in a lowish SUV and also in a Toyota Sienna van. It looks a bit scary though so about half of the hikers stopped before it and walked the extra 3 km or so up the road. The trail itself was a bit overgrown but in good condition and well marked. Going around Long Lake was quite wet because the lake is flooding the path. It's now summer up there, so there's not all that much snow except on N aspects and the scrambles to Aragorn and Shadowfax were in good condition. I didn't actually go to the hut, but apparently there were many people camping around it and just a few sleeping inside.
Aug. 1, 2022

July 15-17 conditions  Deb L 

Approach trail to hut and up to gandalf in great shape! Snow started around 1600m, ground around hut extremely wet due to melt. Minimal post-holing on approach to hut and Mt. Gandalf.
Took about 2h40min up to hut, 2hr back down to car from hut.
Crux sections of Gandalf and Aragorn are free of snow, except the gandalf-aragorn col has significant overhead cornices.
Extra socks a must if you want dry feet :)
July 18, 2022