Glacier Circle Cabin

Glacier Circle Cabin

Built 1920

The cabin contains a wood stove, wood, axe and saw, limited cookware, and cutlery, a Coleman stove and lantern, but no fuel. Water source is Fox Creek, a large stream 150 meters from the cabin. The historic Glacier Circle Cabin was rebuilt in 2006, with a new foundation, new roof, walls, front porch and outhouse.

Note: There are no mattresses at the hut. Firewood is not provided.

Hut Facilities

IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

An overnight parking permit is required (free of charge) when accessing the Glacier Circle Cabin from the Illecillewaet Valley or Illecillewaet Campground trailheads.

Glacier Circle Cabin Features

Open All Year

Features

Remote hut in the Dawson Range

The rugged terrain in Glacier National Park creates the opportunity for many challenging trips. The mountains are steep, the valleys are narrow and many of the trails involve high elevation gain to reach stunning ridges and peaks. The most common route involves glacier travel and therefore the classic hiking opportunities are somewhat limited once you are at the hut. The Dawson Group and the Bishop Group are mountaineering objectives and are part of the Deville Range, which is located in Glacier National Park. David P. Jones’ Selkirks South gives you a great overview of all the climbable lines in this area.

Trail Access

There are two approaches to Glacier Circle, where the cabin is located. The classic approach is to go over the Illecillewaet Glacier from the campground. This approach requires mountaineering equipment and skills.

The second approach is via a 2-3 day hike up the Beaver Valley into Glacier Circle. This approach is mostly forested and leads to excellent bear habitat.

Member Rates

  • Standard $40

Non Member Rates

  • Standard $50

Features

Remote hut in the Dawson Range

The potential to access high-quality trips from the Glacier Circle Cabin is outstanding! Glacier Circle Cabin is mostly visited on skis as an overnight trip from the Asulkan Cabin. You can find this amazing ski tour and many others well described in Chic Scott’s book Summits & Icefields, Columbia Mountains. The trip up to the hut itself, as well as many of the ski touring destinations, crosses glaciated and complex avalanche terrain. Skiers are urged to be prepared with the proper equipment and knowledge for avalanche and glacier travel safety.

Trail Access

The classic approach is to go over the Illecillewaet Glacier from the Asulkan parking lot. This approach requires mountaineering equipment, skills, and glacier travel.

Member Rates

  • Standard $40

Non Member Rates

  • Standard $50

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