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Keith's Hut

UPDATE: November 28, 2021 - Keith’s Hut is available as an emergency shelter. Follow Covid-19 protocols in accordance with BC government guidelines and orders of the Provincial Health Officer. Bring your own cleaning supplies if you take shelter. Firewood is limited and is expected to run out soon. Consider carrying in a Fire-Log

UPDATE: December 2020 - BC Parks recommendation for crossing the Mount Joffre landslide as delineated below: 
 
Friends of Cerise Creek & Keith's Hut acknowledge that the hut and mountaineering objectives are located in the Nlhaxten / Cerise Creek Wilderness Conservancy in the shared territory of the N’Quatqua First Nation, Sekw’el’was (Cayoose Creek) First Nation, and T’it’q’et First Nation and we are grateful for their St’at’imc value of i tmícwsa i ucwalmícwa (the people and the land are one).

Keith's Hut was built in 1988 and remains established in the tradition of public mountaineering shelters of the Coast Mountains - as an inspirational focal point for mountaineering on skis and foot. It is located near treeline at 1650m on the east ridge of Mt. Joffre.

Access up the Cerise Creek drainage is exposed to a potential third landslide event, challenging and complex avalanche terrain in the winter, and glaciated alpine terrain in the summer.

In May 2019, BC Parks closed the Conservancy after two landslides from Joffre Peak heavily impacted the Cerise Creek valley. BC Parks has since reassessed the closure, and the closure area has been amended. Public access is not permitted within the immediate slide path as outlined in red above, and on the map posted on the Nlhaxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy website. There is one temporary route located at the midpoint of the landslide track. This route is unmaintained and is not a designated trail. The time crossing the path must be minimized. The remaining areas of the Conservancy are now open to public access.

The hut was designed to sleep 14 people in the loft, there is a wood stove, solar powered lights on timer switches, a sink with a drain into a slop bucket, and a large pot for melting snow. Water options include melting snow, digging into the lake, or in summer, finding a small harnessed source about 200m west of the hut with a stainless tank and a faucet. All water sources should be treated.

Hut with Skis
Please remember your hut etiquittes:
"To leave the Hut cleaner than you found it":
  • Only Pee by the Pee Tree or outhouse - do not contaminate the snow anywhere near the hut.
  • Empty the slop bucket by the Pee Tree
  • Leave split wood to dry in the wood bin for the next people
  • Sweep the floor and try to keep the wetness (snow) out
  • Keep entrance ways to hut and outhouse shovelled clear of snow
  • Burn used toilet paper in the mini firebox in the outhouse or in the hut wood stove (best)

Financial contributions and manpower are essential for the ongoing hut maintenance and firewood stockpile. Donations are appreciated for the ongoing success of the hut, and can be made to the locked cash box at the hut, or Online by clicking below.

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Large public or commercial groups are not encouraged and a financial contribution is suggested at a minimum donation of $25 per person per night. In this way large groups can still be helpful.

CONTRIBUTORS
We would like to thank the following enterprises and agencies that have helped and contributed over the years:


And of course - a huge shout out to all the volunteers that loyally and tirelessly keep the hut so well maintained and stocked since 1988. If it wasn't for you, the hut would have succumbed to the snow loading and mice long ago.