Club built public hut, recently refurbished. Located 200 m northwest of the western outlet of Mountain Lake, on a ridge which divides a creek to the south from the big drop to Utopia Lake on the north. . The Mountain Lake Hut is a small, arched-construction wooden shelter. There is no stove in the hut. It has a small upper loft which sleeps 4 in luxury. Downstairs there are two large 4x8 plywood tables. There are screened windows in both ends.
From the hut, one can reach the summit of Mount Sheer in 1.5 hours. The south sides of Sky Pilot and Ledge can be reached by traversing a ridge from Mount Sheer. Ben Lomond and Red Mountain lie to the east across lake-studded heather meadows and granitic ridges. Although parties have reached Ben Lomond and Red Mountain from the hut, there is a very steep little traverse below some cliffs that would not be advised in unstable snow conditions. An alternate route is to drop all the way down to Omar Lake (1284m) and then go south back up to the col just west of Ben Lomond.
Access: As of 2016, the hut is again hard to reach because private interests have put a gate on the Furry creek road. Hut can be reached either via a trail from Utopia Lake, or from Cyrtina Creek (Furry Creek drainage). The Britannica approach was popular in the 1970's and 1980's, because you could drive up the road from Britannia Beach. However the Britannia Creek FSR is gated and the upper reaches destroyed by a catastrophic dam-burst or covered with alder, this approach is long. Instead, the Furry creek side is becoming increasingly popular. From the Furry creek side and Cyrtina Creek, there is a well groomed trail as of 2004. Furry Creek Main is currently in good shape to Km 10.5 (Cyrtina Creek). See Wind Lake Route.
History: Built in 1970 by BC Mountaineering Club. The club is actively maintaining the hut and performs some trail work. It requests non-members contribute towards the maintenance. A fee of $8 per night is suggested. Alternatively, donate some labour improving the access by clearing brush and moving rocks off the approach road.
The hut was repainted and repaired in 2003.
2019.07.14 Alberto Contreras - Hut & Windy lake access in top shape
Bike & hike trip with late departure from Vancouver. Parked at the Furry Creek FSR locked gate, and cycled up to around km 10. Road is in great condition, all bikeable especially if you have a mountain bike. Ditched the bikes and followed the mostly very nice trail up to the Wind Lake. Found the hut in great shape after the renovations, including a large bambu pole handy in the winter to find the hut. Another hiker came in from the Britannia Creek side, and reported the road to be in even better condition, but the terrain from the top of where he ditched the bike to be tricky with lots of cliffs. Must be cozy in the winter with the new propane stove. Could benefit with some solar lighting similar to those installed in VOC huts ($50). The outhouse also is very nice; however mice seemed to have had a party with leftover (clean) toilet paper. Nice clean tenting areas nearby the hut, which we used. Generally very lightly used, we counted some 6 or so visitors on the book from the spring, with even fewer entries over winter. Some visitors accessed from Sky Pilot via gondola. Thanks for the great work on trail and hut.
2018.11.02 Paul Kubik - Coordinate Adjustment
The old coordinates of 49.61167,-123.08533 were not quite correct. These coordinates are closer 49.612966,-123.086467.
2016.11.13 Chris Nott - Minor leaks in wet weather, etc.
Some minor leaks in wet weather (water seems to seep horizontally along the tongue-and-grooves from the untreated back and front ends of the cabin). No sign of the white gas heater. The outhouse door cannot be secured closed so the wind frequently blows it open.
2015.06.19 Chris Ludwig - Mountain Lake Hut Commercial Booking (Last Week of June, 1st Week of July)
Please be aware that the Mountain Lake Hut is being rented this summer by a company contracted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources for up to two weeks starting in either the last week of June, or the first week of July. They are using it as a base of operations to perform dam demolitions at Mountain Lake with explosives. They will be accessing the area by Helicopter. I will post specific dates when they become available.
2009.04.27 Jordan Best - Hut Update
Hut is in good shape but appears to be rarely used in winter according to the log book. Last recorded visit was in October, 2008. Access to the door required removing about 1 meter of snow. Sleeping mats cover the entire upstairs loft. There is room for six people to sleep comfortably in the loft, in my opinion. The hut has a large white gas stove. Although we did not try it, many individuals in the log book seemed to have positive experiences with the stove. We found the outhouse with the door open and completely filled in with frozen snow. Unfortunately we didn't notice this until the way out, so we didn't have time to shovel it out. The BCMC now asks for a $10 donation per night if you are not a member. According to the metal engraving on the door, the original cost per night was $1! There does not seem to be any mice in the hut at all, which is a nice treat. Hut includes print-outs of relevant Bivouac and Alpine Select articles, but no general reading material.
2006.02.20 Robin Tivy - Hut amost buried
The hut was almost buried, with snow over the roof almost level with the hut. Access was only possible because a 2 m deep wind cirque around the front of the cabin revealed the top of the door. It took about an hour of digging thru several layers of hard snow to get to the bottom of the door. It is not possible to enter the cabin via the windows due to the new screens installed on them. Once the door was cleared it was necessary to gently pry open the door from the top using an ice axe. We also didn't immediately find the hut since we expected it might be visible from the end of the lake. I measured the coordinates of the hut with my GPS to be at NAD27 493839-5495397, which translates into 49:36.8-123:05.1. Previous lat-long was 49:36.7-123:05.1). In any event, you have to ski about 200m west of the lake and over a small hump before you see the hut.
2004.10.19 Peter Gumplinger - Access from Furry North Mainline
Waypoints for hike along Furry North and Cyrtina Creek Spur 49:35.337-123:06.128=start of hike (771m) 49:35.242-123:05.421=stay right - low (804m) 49:35.114-123:05.075=go up left (893m) 49:35.130-123:05.002=go left (927m) 49:35.413-123:05.301=switch back - right (1123m) 49:35.317-123:05.024=switch back - left (1253m) 49:35.363-123:05.077=go left - not up (1302m) 49:35.397-123:05.095=start of Wind Lake Route (1307m) The trail was improved and cleared some more by a BCMC party in late September.
60 2013.08.06 Climbing Mount Sheer from Mountain Lake Cabin Robin Tivy
57 2007.08.04 Sky Pilot (Squamish to Britannia on foot) Dave van Zeyl
47 2006.02.18 Ski Trip to Mountain Lake Peaks Robin Tivy
34 2004.08.01 Ledge Mountain from Mountain Lake Hut Paul Kubik
59 2003.07.25 The Pilot Without a Watch: Attempt at Sky Pilot from Britannia Keith Freeman
34 1997.06.29 Sky Pilot and Sheer via Furry Creek Drew Brayshaw
2 Mt. Sheer and Mountain Lake Hut Drew Brayshaw