Conrad Kain Hut
Visitors to the hut must bring their own supplies and equipment, including cooking utensils and sleeping pads. The Kain Hut is open from mid-June to late September.
The Alpine Club of Canada built the hut in 1972 to accommodate 40 people. To reserve space, see the ACC website, www.alpineclubofcanada.ca. The hut is powered by a state-of-the-art hydroelectric plant on the small creek just below the shelter. The tiny creek generates enough electricity to power all the lighting, hot water, baseboard heaters and an electric stove.
There are two “campgrounds” near Kain Hut and they are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. A camp fee is charged per tent.
Mount Applebea Dome campsite is worth the hike, even if you are not camping. The “campsite” sprawls on a giant sloping chunk of bedrock, and alpine plants cling to the crags between the slabs. You’ve got to see the “view” from the “throne.” A stone outhouse perches on a cliff face, with a rough stone staircase and a window facing Crescent Glacier and Bugaboo Spire. To reach the campsite, follow the cairns north across a creek and up a steeply sloping moraine and bouldered sidehill. Climb north for 1 km and gain another 300 m (1,000 ft.) above Kain Hut. The trail is good most of the way and the site accommodates about 14 tents.
Boulder campsite is about 100 m from Kain Hut. Follow the trail below the hut by an impressive waterfall. Boulder Camp has eight tent sites.Trail
0 km: Parking at the trailhead, N21300-E19300. Trail gradually gains elevation in the valley by the creek.
1 km: Grade steepens and you get the first feeling of granite on your hands as you climb the base of the moraine. Hike up between massive granite boulders in the forest and open alpine slopes.
2.4 km: As you climb out of the forest, the alpine vegetation exposes more of the impressive views. The grade steepens significantly. There is a ladder fastened to the rock and several cables to hold on to as you hike up the trail.
4.5 km: Conrad Kain Hut, N20400-E16500.
5.5 km: Applebea Camp, N21000-E16300. A steep hike on loose rocks on a partially defined trail above the cabin.