The Keith Flavelle Hut of Cerise Creek.
This hut was built in the memory of Keith Flavelle by his friends and family in 1986, after a tragic accident took his life on the East Ridge of Mt Logan.
You can visit the official hut page and donate here
It comes as no surprise that it happens to be one of the most popular cabins and ski touring locations on the Duffey and probably all the Coast Mountains. The access is easy, straightforward and and there is a huge amounts of possibilities for bigger objectives, powder slaying or ski/summer mountaineering, scrambling and alpine climbing.
Located on the Duffey Lake road near Pemberton, BC, this hut sits in a beautiful, convenient location providing great comfort to mountaineers, hikers and ski tourers. Sitting at an elevation of 1650m/5410ft, there are a lot of skiing options right out the door and a huge amount more with some more effort.
Due to it's popularity, it is worth shunning the cabin on weekends or bringing a tent. Non-holiday week days see a fraction of the visitors providing a much more pleasant experience.
From the Cerise Creek parking lot on the Duffey Lake road, the access is easy and straightforward.
From the parking lot at ~1200m, head downhill to the creek crossing on a narrow log bridge. Continue along trail markers until the trail splits into a summer trail and winter trail. The winter trail crosses a frozen creek to reach a logging slash a little further uphill while the summer trail joins a logging road which crosses Cerise Creek and continues on the other side of the creek with well marked trail markers all the way to the hut.
On skis, continue up the right hand side of the logging slash to reach a logging road. Follow this logging road a short distance and then turn left into the forest near a wooden sign before the road turns right. Follow this trail along the valley bottom through the forest. You will cross an avalanche path coming off Vantage Ridge before following Cerise Creek on the left side. The route opens up. Continue along the creek, turning right near a large boulder. Head uphill on the right hand side of the moraine before curving right through small trees in a flatter section to meet a small lake and the hut which is situated in the trees at the head of the small lake.
Total elevation gain is approx 450m. Distance from the road is roughly 5km on skis. Depending on conditions it takes anywhere from 2-5hrs getting in from the road for the average avid ski tourer.
The cabin is fully equipped with a wood stove, pots, benches, chairs, shovels, sink, , an upstairs sleeping quarters, an outhouse, etc. Please pee at the Pee Tree near the outhouse. The pee tree ensures that the small ponds aren't contaminated as well as keeping the surrounding snow (used for water) sanitary all winter/spring long. In general, this hut is often left in a disgusting shape. Please empty the slop buckets, pack out everything you pack in, sweep floors, split wood, empty the water from the pots (it freezes!) and clean up after others who might have left the hut messy before you.
Extra wood is stored in a shed next to the cabin. Please make sure not to cut surrounding trees for firewood. Wood is flown in using your donations (10$/night). Please restock the wood inside the hut before leaving. If you're interested in volunteering for trail work, it is usually held on the 3rd weekend of September.
When walking out the cabin the outhouse is to the left and back. There is a marked pee tree on the way. Don't get lazy and pee anywhere, with so many people, the result is all the snow is yellow everywhere in the spring.
The hut has a donation box where a customary 10$ per person/night is much appreciated to help fly in firewood and maintain the hut and trail.
Here are some google earth screenshots where I've marked routes to different areas around the hut. Note that depending on the angle, it may be hard to see ridge lines or steep features from pictures. Most of these routes are unmarked and not guaranteed precise.
Red lines: Skinning Routes
Blue lines: Ski Routes
Black lines: Bootpacks/scrambling/technicalities.
Vantage ridge offers spectacular views with great 600m runs down avalanche chutes and trees on either side. Ascending is easiest from near the trailhead. You may have to weave your way around large deadfall and steep benches.
Motel 66 is the classic camp spot for mountaineers who choose not to use the hut. It is marked by a large cairn and is a large flat spot near the top of the ridge. From where you gain the ridge, there are a variety of skiing options left and right. Scope your line before you drop in, there are lots of small cliffs.
Vantage Peak is a classic scramble from the hut with mind blowing views. Head down form the hut below the moraine and ascend to the Vantage-Matier col, ascend the ridge. The last little bit is an easy class 2 scramble with a one or two class 3 moves at the very top.
Chief Pascal offers incredible powder skiing in a great location with comfortable, fun bowls full of safe spots as well as great old growth tree skiing. This location is often overlooked as a skiing location from the hut but it is easily accessed as a day trip from the road.
The Joffre Group has a lot to offer. The north face of Mt Joffre has a number of alpine rock routes in the summer (see alpine select) and a number of aesthetic steep ski descents in the winter. Matier is also a classic mountaineering objective both in the winter and summer with lots of variations for ascent and descent routes. It is worth skipping the hut to set a basecamp on the Matier Glacier for a few days. Or you can enchain as many peaks as possible in a day from the car.
Interested in a ski touring basecamp?