This is a list of huts that we have been to as a family, and then a few ideas for other huts to visit on the South Coast. If you are interested in more specific information about the huts or how to get there, please contact me.
We have visited a number of huts on the south coast. Our first overnight backcounrty trip with F was when she was 7 month old and it was to the VOC's Brew hut. It was in May of a low snow year, so we could drive all of the road. This is key to a family friendly trip as the road is very long. If you drive to the end of the road (some 4WD), the trail is just 4.7 km to the hut. Since then we have been to Brew Hut a few more times (in October and in January).
The next hut we took Fenya to was the VOC's Phelix hut. Not because it is the best hut for kids, but because we know it so well. Christian organized the trail building to the hut, we spend a lot of hours doing trail work here, we got 'married' in the hut and when I was 6 months pregnant Christian build a bridge over the creek and we climbed Frodo together. I would not recommend taking kids here before the snow has melted (although it is clearly possible as you can see), but in the summer time this can be a great outing for a family if you have 4WD. Then the trail is just around 4 km and 400 m elevation gain. The hut is huge but there is no stove, so it is quite cold. The sleeping area on the loft has many holes to fall into if you are a toddler, so I would recommend sleeping on the main floor. However, the hut has a fair amount of animal activity in the summer. When we were there in August I preferred to sleep in the tent.
Tetrahedron - Batchelor or Edwards cabin
The tetrahedron is a great area for kids both in winter and in summer. There are several huts, and two of them are very easily accessible. The tetrahedrons are located on the sunshine coast, so the trip involves a ferry, but I think that is mostly a bonus when you have kids. The distances to the two huts are the following:
Parking lot – Batchelor Cabin:
2.5 km, 45 min – 1.25 hrs summer, 1 – 2 hrs winter
Parking lot – Edwards Cabin:
4.5 km, 1.5 - 2 hrs summer, 2.5 – 3 hrs winter
We have only been to the Edwards Cabin once in February, but it was very enjoyable. The access is pretty easy. The hut has a stove and is nice and warm. The area can be busy, but we still had lots of room in the cabin. This is probably the best huts to go to for families just starting out. Unfortunately we forgot our camara, so we don't have any pictures from the area.
Duffey Lake Road cabins
We have been to one of the secret cabins up the Duffey this winter, but there is lots of easy accessible cabins up there. Most of them are primarily used in winter time and all of them are very busy. I imagine the following would be great places to take kids in the summer, especially if it was on a weekday, when it is not so busy.
Keith's Hut: Total elevation gain is approx 450m. Distance from the road is roughly 5km.
Wendy Thompson Hut: Total elevation gain is approx 560m. Distance from the road is roughly 6km
Other cabin I would like to explore with Fenya
Russet Lake Hut via the and lifts and the Musical Bumps Trail: 12km and 700 m elevation gain.
Tenquille Lake Cabin via West Tenquille Lake Trail: 7km and 400 m elevation gain. Require 4WD.
Huts along the Sunshine Coast Trail: Closest huts are 15 min and 2 hours from trailheads.
Which cabins have you taken you children too? Where would you like to take them?
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