June 2020 Update: Although some ACC huts are starting to open up, at the moment we do not feel that we can safely open Hišimy̓awiƛ given the current provincial guidelines. We hope that we will be able open some time this year but we cannot give a date yet.
The ACC closed all backcountry huts for the period March 13 to June 13, 2020. The ACC is offering 100% credit for payments made toward hut bookings that fall in this period. Credit can then be redeemed for any hut stay for a one-year period beginning the first overnight of the original booking.
Call 403-678-3200 ext 0 between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm MT
Hišimy̓awiƛ means “Gather Together” in the Barkley Sound dialect of the Ucluelet First Nation.
The pronunciation is: [Hi-SHIM-ya-wit], although the final “barred lambda” or “running man” can also be pronounced [tsh] or [tl]. The three i’s are all short.
About the hut
Perched on a spectacular ridge at 1350m on 5040 Peak, the new ACC Vancouver Island hut provides access to extensive summer alpine hiking and superb winter and spring skiing.
5040 Peak’s location provides access to high alpine ridges that can be used to reach other peaks in the heart of Vancouver Island including Nahmint Mountain with its 200m high French Falls and Adder Peak which is speckled with sapphire blue lakes. When visiting this area please keep in mind the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation saying “His-shuk-nish-tsa-waak” which means “We Are All One”.
To find out how to book accommodation at the hut please visit the Alpine Club of Canada
Reservations are required for all stays at the hut
Membership: ACC membership is not required to book the hut, rates are $20 for members, $25 for non-members, half price for children.
Pets: NO dogs or other animals, except guide animals, are permitted in the hut. Please keep dogs away from the tarns near the hut as those provide our drinking water.
Capacity: The hut sleeps 12, mattresses are provided, bring your own sleeping bag.
There is space to camp available nearby, on the gravel to the east of the hut, but hut facilities are reserved only for those staying in the hut or who have reserved space. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to use the outhouse, donations for maintenance are appreciated.
Campers may use the hut for emergency purposes, for example if an unexpected severe storm comes in. Otherwise if it’s just rain or snow they should be prepared to camp in regular mountain weather.
If there are unreserved beds then campers have the option of paying the fee and staying inside instead. But the hut is often fully booked and people should not expect that there will be space.
The hut is open and proving very popular with many people already enjoying the facilities. However there are some teething issues and the fees don’t yet cover all our expenses so we are still accepting donations to ensure that the hut is kept is the best working order possible. To donate please follow this link to the Alpine Club of Canada donations page. There is also a donation box in the hut for people passing by.
Location: Lat/Long 49.18916667, -125.28750000
Quick Description: Summer: A 2.4km hike up the Cobalt Lake Trail. Winter: Up to 12km ski. Distance depends on the snow line on the Marion Creek Forest Service Road.
A 4WD/AWD vehicle is required to access the trailhead.
Elevation Gain to Hut: Summer: 700 m (2300 ft). Winter: up to 1175 m (3850 ft).
Approach Time: Summer: 2-3 hours. Winter: 4-8 hours.
Perhaps the best place to get information on current conditions (road, trail.snow etc) is the Facebook page. Weather forecasts can be obtained from Mountain Forecast for Klitsa Mountain (near 5040 Peak). An estimate of snow level is available from DriveBC webcam at Sutton Pass