ACC- Neil Colgan Hut

ACC- Neil Colgan Hut near Banff, AB

This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars
1 day4hours
Rock Climbing, Hiking, Back Country Skiing
Winter, Summer
Banff, AB
User xtremepeaks
Neil Colgan Hut, Valley of Ten Peaks, Banff National Park.

GPS Coordinates: 51d17'42"-116d11'12" NAD83 11U 556706 5682945

Terrific base for summer mountaineering. Sometimes used for ski touring. There are two current summer access routes: both begin at Moraine Lake (5-8 hours) and involve technical rock climbing and glacier travel. Class B+, sleeps 18 (16 in winter). The hut may also be reached via a non-technical, but glaciated route from Prospectors Valley, with an overnight in the new Fay Hut enroute.

This is the highest permanent, habitable structure in Canada, edging out the Abbot Pass Hut by about 100 feet! Located in a col between Mts. Little and Bowlen, the Neil Colgan Hut serves as the base for excellent alpine mountaineering objectives in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.

The peaks of the Valley of the Ten Peaks are all over 10,000 feet, and the hut, at 9,700 feet is an ideal base for bagging these summits. It is standard to climb a number of peaks in a day, and it is not uncommon to stop back at the hut for lunch on the porch, or another cup of coffee between summits.

The routes accessible from the hut range from moderate scrambles up Mts. Little and Bowlen, just outside the hut, to the north face ice routes on Mts. Fay and Quadra. The many other peaks have difficulties somewhere in between.

The Colgan Hut is equipped with propane stoves and lanterns and is well-stocked with cooking supplies and foamies for 18 in summer and 16 in winter. It is well-insulated and warms up nicely when the stoves and lanterns are on and a few bodies are inside.

For detailed information please visit the ACC hut webpage.


The hut can be reached via the Fay hut. See the trailhead info there. Drive to the Marble Canyon parking lot on highway 93 south. It is 6.5 km west of Castle Junction off highway 1.

Alpine Club of Canada

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Banff, AB

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