Executive Summary: Four of us went up to VOC’s Brew Hut on a hot sunny summer weekend. All photos were taken by Josi’s drone.
The road has been recently graded so it’s much better, almost Honda CRV level up to the trail head. There was a large machine further up the road, making more road, so it looks like there will be more logging, and maybe our access road will not be deactivated any time soon.
There were many cars up there, about seven at our trail head and a further half dozen down at the Cypress turnoff, and a huge number (40?) down at Henrietta Lake. Most of the people were not planning to stay at our hut; maybe a dozen hiked up to the hut and then came back down, as day trippers. Could this explain why our outhouse fills so fast? There may have been a dozen tenting around Brew Lake.
We got perfect blue sky and it was really hot. In spite of this, Brew Lake was deemed to be too cold to swim in, though others felt otherwise. I guess that’s what happens when you get hooked on hot springs. At 2 am it was warm enough to venture out of the hut wearing nothing but boots. The two drinking water pools still had ice in them, so were deemed too cold for immersion.
Brew Lake looking peaceful
Flying the drone at Brew Lake
There were two couples up there, friendly, happy people, plus a high-output med student who climbed Cypress. One had a camera that used FILM!
Hut from drone, looking east
Hut from drone, looking west
Some projects for future work-type trips
Windows need cleaning. Scenery was awesome, so we need clean windows.
We could rearrange some rocks to make a nice trail down to the outhouse. The outhouse is in good shape and seems to have vast capacity. There was a lot of fly ash from burning toilet paper.
The woodshed is stuffed with firewood. There is spare firewood which will get buried under snow, about the same amount as in the woodshed. Some of the spare firewood was recognized as wood we cut in 2016.
We carried down the old aluminum pot that we used to pour the foundations 12 years ago. I will buy a new pot suitable for abuse at the hut.
We drained the money box and brought down $150.
Doug and Josi slept on top of Brew, to facilitate taking sunrise pictures with her drone.
Top of Brew as seen by drone
Sleeping? on top of Mt Brew
Conclusions: It’s a good place to visit. Give it a try!