Lizzie Creek Cabin
|Lizzie Creek Cabin|
Lizzie Creek Cabin (Summer 2017)
|Access||Lizzie Creek Cabin Trail|
|Caretaker||Friends of Lizzie Creek Cabin (FOLCC)|
The Lizzie Creek Cabin (commonly mistaken as the Lizzie Lake Hut) is a backcountry log cabin located on the Stein Valley Traverse at an altitude of 1,610 metres (5,282 ft). The Cabin rests in a small clearing of montane forest about 1.7 kilometers east of Lizzie Lake. Typical Access via Pemberton is a 13.7 km hike that starts at an elevation of 310m and climbs to 1,610m for a total of 1,300m in elevation gain. It is currently maintained by the non-profit organization "Friends of Lizzie Creek Cabin" (FOLCC)
The cabin has had various names over the years including Lizzie Cabin, Tommy's Cabin, and other various sometimes incorrect renditions. The cabin was built by George Richardson, Tommy Anderson and Max Juri in 1968 and thereafter maintained by many including Dave Nickerson, Bob Thornton and Chris Adams. Before building the cabin George, Tommy and Max first built a road up to the cabin site. Building the road up to the cabin site took longer than building the cabin itself as many many logs had to be dug out, and extensive hillside excavation was needed in order to get the road through.
Initial structures at the cabin included a very small open A-frame outhouse and a temporary large woodshed. Eventually this woodshed was removed. As the cabin grew more popular with remote-country walkers and ski tourers a second larger open A-frame outhouse was built next to the smaller outhouse. Both outhouses still stand today. Over the years the cabin has been extensively repaired, with a new steel roof brought up by helicopter, a steel c-channel to repair a roof beam, and most recently a new plywood flooring for the outdoor porch. After nearly 50 years it has lasted well, even with annual roof snow depths reaching 25 feet.
A new road up to Lizzie Lake was eventually built by the forestry industry. BC Rec Sites and Trails added a few camp spots, picnic tables and fire pits. The cabin and the rec site at this time were popular summer recreation destinations. In 2004 however, the road was unfortunately washed out by the creek right at the start of the road cutting off both access to the cabin and the lake. Between 2004 and and 2010 the cabin likely saw the least amount of usage since it was built, with the road and trail succumbing significantly to the forces of nature.
In 2010 the government began putting together the Upper Rogers Conservancy with hopes of including the cabin. Part of their plan was for some entity to adopt the cabin. The VOC expressed interest but ultimately the VOC and FOLCC decided not to go forward with such a plan just yet and instead begin a campaign to restore the access to the cabin. In 2016 the VOC, MEC, the Government of BC, and other various volunteer parties worked successfully to build a new trail to bypass the washout and make the cabin accessible once more.
2018 will be the cabin's 50th Anniversary and the VOC and FOLCC will be running a celebratory trip to commemorate the construction of this rustic classic log cabin. Anyone who is interested joining the trip is welcome. A date has not been decided upon yet. For more information contact VOC Huts Coordinator George Hill.
To learn more about George Richardson and life in the 1960's see George Richardson personal account of his time living along Lillooet Lake and the construction of Lizzie Creek Cabin in an article he wrote for Trevor Hipkin and his blog: Naming the Mountains by George Richardson
Fees and Current Conditions
Note that this is a bear-active area. Follow the proper bear aware procedures when hiking in this area.
The cabin is accessed via the Stein Valley Traverse West (Lizzie Creek Cabin Trail).
|Lighting||Coleman White Gas Lantern (New mantle Feb 2018 + Spare)|
|Cooking||Coleman White Gas Stove (Both burners work, but poorly)|
|Sleeping||Open floor loft. No pads.|
|Capacity||12 persons (10 in loft 2 on main floor)|
|Drinking water||Two nearby creeks (boil or filter). Water hose to sink can be set up in summer.|
|Human Waste||Outhouse (Use East Outhouse)|
|Greywater||Sink in Hut|
|Garbage||Pack it out|
The Lizzie Creek Cabin consists of a porch, main floor and a loft for sleeping. The loft can sleeps about 8 people in relative comfort, but could fit 2 more. On the main floor two benches can be used to sleep 2 additional persons. Also on the main floor are a kitchen area, a table with chairs and a wood stove.
Heating is virtually non-existent at the Hut even with the wood burning stove. The stove doesn't have the greatest air flow and typically ends up making things smokier than warmer. The Cabin is not well insulated either and any heat generated by the stove is typically lost quickly after the flames are extinguished. Be prepared for it to be colder than Phelix overnight.
The Cabin is equipped with a White Gas Coleman Stove and Lamp but the burners on the stove don't work very well and could use to have it's guts replaced. The lamp works, but it to is not very good. Sometimes people are generous and leave behind some white gas, however, don't count on it. Cookware, dishes and eating utensils are present, but due the widespread prominence of mouse droppings over all of it, one would have to be hard pressed to consider using anything.
Drinking water can be obtained from either Lizzie Creek a few steps to the south, or a small tributary to Lizzie Creek a few steps to the east. It is advisable to boil, filter or treat water to prevent against waterborne bacteria and parasites such as Giardia that can cause Beaver Feaver. In the summer there is a hose that one can set up with some tinkering to provide fresh water from the east creek directly to the faucet and sink inside the cabin. If using the hose system, ensure to remove the hose from the stream and drain the hose of the water before leaving the cabin regardless of what time of year it is! The Cabin sees little use and it is not guaranteed that someone will visit the Hut after you before winter. If the hose is not put away before winter water will freeze in the lines and destroy them.
Grey water disposal can be done from the sink within the cabin during summer. The sink drains to the meadow downhill to the west of the cabin. Do not dispose of food scraps (including coffee grounds) in the grey water or the drain may become plugged. Food scraps can be either burnt in the wood stove or packed out.
There are two outhouses both located about 10m north of the cabin. The outhouse to the east should be used as the west outhouse is full. Eventually this outhouse will be decommissioned and the pit filled. Garbage under no circumstances should be disposed of in the outhouses.
If you are cutting wood, cut already dead trees and DO NOT cut live trees. Cut wood should be stored either underneath or against the side of the Cabin so that the wood can stay dry. Be aware of the fire hazard rating before deciding to cut wood and do not cut wood when the hazard rating is high or above.
The cabin has a fair amount of tools and supplies to help with maintenance of the cabin. To see the full inventory of the Cabin view the Hut Inventory here.
The library up at Lizzie is currently undocumented.
Lizzie offers activities for all seasons, including hiking, skiing, mountaineering and snowshoeing.
|The route and terrain described here is capable of producing avalanches. Safe travel requires the skills and equipment to assess and mitigate avalanche hazards. A professionally taught training course is highly recommended.|
- Lizzie Creek Cabin on Bivouac.com
- BC Gov Wildfire Status
- Beaver Fever Information
- South Coast Inland Avalanche Bulletin
- Naming the Mountains by George Richardson