Brian Waddington Hut

Summer access: 2.5 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. The VOC discourages visits to the area between August 15th and October 15th, when it is sensitive habitat for grizzly bears.

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 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 (2WD accessible with low clearance). 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 with moderate clearance; 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: Oct. 17, 2023

Conditions reports
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The start of the trail is not well marked  Petra Dankova 

A looooooot of snow around the hut area, there’s no way to do it without a proper equipment, either snowshoes or the ski..
we were not able to get so high with our 4x4. We have to bring chain next time!
The trail is NOT MARKED AT ALL before the entrance to the forrest. We would really struggle without an offline map…
Other than that, the hut it’s in a perfect condition, there was just not enough wood, however we managed to keep us warm but it would be great to have more wood there especially if more people will visit!
Amazing adventure we just have to prepare ourselves better next time.
Dec. 3, 2023

Access good, snow low  Nicole B 

Road: able to drive to TH in Ford escape (mod clearance, AWD) with chains and occasional slippy moments and scrapey moments.

Trail: Broken the entire way. Dust on top in the open. Hard packed in the trees. We were happy in just boots + spikes. One fellow in skis enjoyed some suffering before deciding to mostly carry the skis.

Lake: Looks mostly frozen but still open in a few places. Heard some cracking with weight on the edges.

Hut: Good condition.

Snow: We booted up to and around the lake under Shadowfax. I'd estimate snow depth ranges from ~5-60cm, but in general it is thick and crusty, boulders are still visible everywhere, and low trees are still uncovered. It didn't look like there was anything skiable.
Nov. 26, 2023

Lower parking is snow free  Aaron G 

Lower parking is snow free, but we had to walk all the way up the road to reach the single track. High clearance 4wd can probably reach the end of the road for a couple weeks more. Hut in good condition.
Nov. 19, 2023

Repair is done  Tobias K 

The repair of the roof appears to be done, we found the hut to be in perfect working order. Bring your own stove.
The waterbars were too high for our medium clearance SUV, we parked at the winter trailhead.
Oct. 23, 2023