This is an uninsulated fire lookout hut which is most often used as a lunch destination for ski trips up Windy Joe. It has a small upper story with a metal sighting device from which you could determine the bearing of a fire. It was originally occupied in summer in high fire season by a forest ranger. These days, it is not really set up for sleeping, although I suppose you could sleep on the floor. There are just two benches along the walls, and no stove. There is an outhouse with a sign that says "Toilet" just down from the hut.
The fire lookout and mountain are named after Joe Hilton, who worked in the park until 1975, and laid out many of the trails. Run by BC Provincial Parks. Could sleep 6 in a pinch. Forest Lookout that can be used by the public in winter. No charge.
Trip Reports within 1 km
50 2015.03.16 Windy Joe Ski Trip Robin Tivy
51 2011.10.08 Hiking the Frosty Mountain Loop for Larches Robin Tivy
46 2008.12.30 Ski trip up Windy Joe Betsy Waddington
65 2001.08.02 Pacific Crest Trail - Snoqualmie Pass to Manning Park Tim Martiniuk
2015.03.18 Steve Grant - Holding the Hatch Open
There is a block of wood that used to be a toggle to hold the hatch open, which can be wedged between a diagonal brace in the wall and the hatch to hold it open. If someone took a hammer up there, they could fix it properly.
2015.03.18 Robin Tivy - Hut in good shape
The hut is clean, and in good shape. The trap door that leads to the upper viewing area no longer has anything to keep it open, so when you climb up the ladder, you have to hold it to make sure it doesn't slam down. See Trip Report