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Sphinx Hut (Burton Hut)
Type: Building_Hut Elevation: 1475 m (4839 ft)
Location:   49.92950,-122.99349     49:55:46, -122:59:37   10U 500467 5530792
(2 km E of Garibaldi Lake). (21 km S of Whistler). (4 km W of Castle Towers Mountain).
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Garibaldi Ranges


A backcountry ski cabin at the far end of Garibaldi lake, traditionally used in late winter and spring as a base for ascents of Mount Carr, Sphinx, etc. Sleeps 10, has outhouse, cooking area. Renovated in 2006 to add vapour barrier to help keep things warmer in the winter. The hut furniture was completely rebuilt to provide a large cooking area and a 30 inch wide bench for sitting, sleeping or gear storage.

Located at Sphinx Bay on east side of Garibaldi Lake, north of where the Sphinx drainage stream runs into the Lake. The hut is on the east side of the terminal moraine. Run by the Varsity Outdoor Club and BC Provincial Parks. Sleeps 10. Outhouse. The hut is open to all, there is no reservation system. Users should send $5/person/night to the Varsity Outdoor Club, Box 98, SUB, 6138 Student Union Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 2B9 to help pay for upkeep. Please report problems to the above address, or on the VOC website for the Burton Hut

It's been noted that sometimes in the spring melt, an ice jam can form where the nearby stream flows through the terminal moraine into Garibaldi Lake. The resulting lake behind the dam can flood the hut with water. Please be careful where you leave the logbook.

Access: Access in the summer is long (via Gentian Pass) and there is no trail and not much reason to go there. In the winter, you can simply ski up the Garibaldi Lake Trail and across Garibaldi Lake, usually well frozen from mid January to mid April. Conditions earlier or later in the season vary from year to year.

Note that the part of the lake around Sphinx Bay is usually the last part of the lake to freeze, and has the thinnest ice. Safe ice at the west end of the lake does not necessarily imply safe ice around Sphinx Bay.

History: Named after Roland Burton of the Varsity Outdoor Club (VOC). The hut was built back in 1969 making it the VOC's oldest standing hut. Roland received the Gold Pin in 1970 for his contribution to building the hut.

Trip Reports within 1 km
42 2015.04.22 Horizontal Mountaineering on Garibaldi Lake Steve Grant
58 2007.03.03 Gentian Creek - Helm Glacier Loop Robin Tivy
40 2006.05.16 McBride Ski Traverse Johnny Mikes

Bulletins
2015.04.22 Steve Grant - Great Shape
The hut is in excellent condition and seems to have gotten little use in the last couple of years. There is almost no snow around the cabin. Travel across the lake should now be approached with great caution, and probably only on skis. The outlet stream near the cabin has opened up the lake for a considerable area beyond the moraine, and there is a "finger" of blue/open ice/slush that extends several hundred metres to the nw. Approaching from the south involves either circumnavigating these open/wet areas, or going ashore south of the creek and then fording it.
2009.01.24 Bram van Straaten - Great shape
Hut is in great shape. Only ~1.2m of snow above the hut at ~1650m on north facing slopes. Fairly good skiing on north facing slopes but coverage on glacier is on the thin side with numerous bare crevasses.
2006.08.22 Scott Nelson - Renovation Complete
According to Roland Burton, the hut now boasts new end walls, a new floor, new windows, a new door, insulation and a vapour barier. This should make the hut much warmer once winter rolls around. Also, the kerosene heater and kerosene have been removed due to hut users fouling the naptha fueled stove and lantern with kerosene.
2006.05.23 Scott Nelson - Rennovation scheduled for August 12-20, 2006
There is a plan afoot to do some minor rennovations to the Burton Hut this summer. The windows will be replaced, the walls will be insulated and draft proofed and a new floor will be laid down over the old one. Hopefully this will make the hut less of an ice box in the winter.

Subject Photos


3 Burton Hut Peter Malacarne