(Silver King Basin Hut) Located in the meadows of Silver King Basin, at the head of Driftwood creek. The basin is labelled on the 1:50,000 maps. (2 km NW of Mount Hyland).. Run by the Bulkley Valley Backpackers. Sleeps 10. Woodstove. The Joe L'Orsa Cabin is available to the public year round. It is located in the Silver King Basin of the Babine Mountains and is accessible via the Silver King Trail. The cabin is heated by a wood stove, firewood provided, and is fitted with a gray water disposal system. There is a galvanized steel counter for visitors to operate their camp stoves on and a pit toilet located outside the cabin. There is a backcountry fee charge of $5.00 per person per night. It can be paid in advance to BC Parks in Smithers or deposited into a fee vault box located at the cabin.
Dogs are not allowed inside the cabin. Dogs must be under control when left outside the cabin. The money generated from the cabin will assist BC Parks with ongoing maintenance of the facility and firewood costs. The cabin can accommodate 15-20 people comfortably. First come first served. Be prepared to camp overnight if the cabin is full.
Access: Access is via the Silver King Basin Trail or the Cronin Creek Trail.
History: The cabin was built by the government in 1999 to replace a previous 60 year old shelter at Silver King Basin. The new structure is built to BC Parks safety standards and includes a common area, kitchen, rooms for sleeping and a loft. Joe L'Orsa was the founder of the Babine Mountains Park.
2016.08.29 Steve Grant - Cabin in excellent condtion, fees increased
Fees are now $10 per person per night. Firewood is provided in the form of logs that need to be sawn and split. Tools provided. This is a very large and fancy cabin, as a result of large contributions from local businesses. It seems odd the only comparable structure near the huge population of the Lower Mainland is the Elfin Shelter.
2008.08.22 Kathie Wagar - We hiked past the cabin on the way to Mount Cronin
We hiked past the cabin on the way to Mount Cronin See Trip Report
75 2004.08.30 Climb of Mount Cronin (in Babine Mountain Park) Kathie Wagar
35 2003.08.04 A Scramble Route up The Galleon Route Kathie Wagar