Roland Burton Hut

Summer access: rarely visited
Winter access: 6 hrs
Location: 49.92942, -122.99321
Hut fee: $5 per person per night

About Roland Burton Hut
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About Roland Burton Hut

This small hut on the eastern shore of Garibaldi Lake, in Sphinx Bay, sleeps about 10 people comfortably (built 1969). Since it is in Garibaldi Provincial Park, overnight visitors must purchase a wilderness permit. The hut is open to non-commercial users only.

The peaks and glaciers surrounding Sphinx Bay offer excellent skiing and mountaineering. The Garibaldi Névé traverse also sometimes includes a night at the hut.

The hut is not heated. It has an outhouse and a solar-powered light, and drinking water can be taken from the creek or lake year-round (sometimes by breaking the ice). For more information, see the VOC Wiki.

How to get there

Garibaldi Lake is reliably frozen at least from February through April, and this provides the main access to the hut. Park at the Rubble Creek trailhead and follow the trail to the lake. From the outflow, cross the lake south-eastwards (bearing 111°). Whiteout conditions and high winds can complicate the crossing, so bring a GPS or at least a compass. The hut is not visible from the lake: it can be found 70 m from the lakeshore behind a small moraine, just north of a large creek. The total distance is 13.5 km, with 1100 m elevation gain.

Last updated: March 10, 2022

Conditions reports
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Hut escaped flooding  Vincent Hanlon 

Despite the recent flooding at Garibaldi Lake that closed the lakeside campground, Sphinx Hut seems to have stayed dry the whole time (same goes for the outhouse). The bugs were quite bad, however, and the gravel flats just S of the hut were flooded. There is a mouse living in the hut and it's difficult to keep the swarms of mosquitoes out.
Aug. 7, 2022

All appeared good!  Darcy Wittenburg 

Everything looked in good working order in the Hut. It was my first time there so I have nothing to compare it to but nothing stood out to me. No issues. The mice are still there though but that seems inevitable!
July 25, 2022

Mosquito hell, good times.  Jack McCutchan 

Pack-rafted to the hut, found it in excellent condition. Could benefit from a fly screen on the top window, even better if there was another mosquito-proof vent down low too. We were choosing between mosquito hell outside and a sauna inside for the evening. One friendly mouse causing a commotion in the night. Solar light and hut crocs were very much appreciated
July 24, 2022

Link Pat - Trip 4person July16  Link Patrick 

Trail was good, still a lot of snow cover. We took the Castle Towers trail to approach the hut from the north. However, after dropping into Gentian pass, we decided to turn around and make a day hike out of it. We made this decision due to lack of experience with glacier travel within our group.
So, we did not make it to the hut or the sphinx glacier.

Great time and great views.
July 20, 2022