Alpine Cabin: The Hike To Conrad Kain
Mention you're hiking the Canadian Rockies and most will know what you're talking about. Bring up the Purcell Mountains and chances are you'll stump most. The handful of sparsely visited trail destinations offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the world - The Bugaboo spires in the Purcell Mountains are nothing short of breathtaking. The Bugaboo Spires trailhead, at the end of the road in Bugaboo Provincial Park hosts many trails through the area. The most renown: The hike to Conrad Kain hut, named after its first climber in 1916 - Conrad Kain. Though the hike to the hut is very short - just a 6 mile round trip - it is one that leads you to jaw-dropping views. Like all good things thought, it doesn't come easy. There are over 2,200 ft of elevation gain to the hut, most of it attained in the last two miles; we can guarantee the effort will be worth the view. Want the complete alpine cabin experience? The Conrad Kain Hut is available for overnight accommodation for a maximum of 35 persons with reservations that can be made through the Alpine Club of Canada. Propane stoves and eating utensils are provided.
To arrive: from Radium Hot Springs in southeast British Columbia, which is the main entry point from Portland to Canada's Rocky Mountain parks, drive north 17 miles along the Columbia River (yes, our Columbia River) to the town of Brisco, then 28 miles west on rough gravel roads to the trailhead for Bugaboo Glacier Provincial Park.