September 2020 Update: The hut is open again but under new restrictions to conform with provincial guidelines and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Reservations are required for all stays at the hut. Please see the Hut Booking page for booking information.
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”.
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.
We have a page showing a recent image and weather data for the hut. Other information on current conditions (road, trail.snow etc) may be found on the Facebook page. Weather forecasts can be obtained from Mountain Forecast for Klitsa Mountain (near 5040 Peak). An estimate of snow levels on Marion Main is available from DriveBC webcam at Sutton Pass