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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Good Conditions at the Burton Hut  Brendan Dawe 

Party of 11 at the burton hut Jan 21-22, mixed ski/snowshoe party. Hiked the first 3-4 km due to no base in the snowpack.

Lake was solidly covered over, with 2 feet+ thickness. Snow was thinner on the far side of the lake, some of the snowshoe-ers had issues with spalling due to uncovering the wet snow under the surface powder on the lake.

Hut was in good repair, no issues encountered.
Jan. 22, 2023

Lake Frozen  Thomas Morrissey 

Thin but nearly continuous snow coverage from the Rubble Cr TH. Lake was frozen, with a layer of wet slush between lake ice and surface snow. Hut in good condition. A few bits of mouse-chewed styrofoam insulation were found on the floor upon entry.
Dec. 31, 2022

Road plowed  Vincent Hanlon 

The access road to the Rubble Ck parking lot is being plowed "after every major snowfall" this year. The plow company hadn't plowed it on the way in, but BC Parks checked the road Saturday morning, called the plow company, and it was cleared by the time we left on Sunday. We skinned up the trail from the car, but on the way down we had to walk half or more of the switchbacks because coverage was thin below 1400 m or so.

The lake isn't frozen, but thin ice was starting to form over a portion of it. We didn't try to visit the hut, but we saw the lake from Taylor Meadows.
Dec. 4, 2022

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