About This Listing
The Hermit Thrush Cabin is a log cabin, providing a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the alpine while enjoying comfortable accommodation. The cabin will deliver a memorable mountain experience for families, couples or individuals.
The seven-sided cabin was designed to maximize natural light & take full advantage of the spectacular view of McKirdy Mt.
A HiKE-IN cabin that accesses a sub-alpine ecozone
wildflowers in the summer and awe inspiring, winter vistas..
Trail is 5 1/2 km with a 853 m elevation gain.
Remote wilderness/wildflower viewing/ hiking/ ski touring/ snowshoeing/ quiet space/ rustic living-outhouse/ small stream & tiny lake
Interaction with Guests
I show them the trail & go over instructions of cabin use.
I love that I live in so much beauty and wilderness.
Other Things to Note
Guests need to be physically fit or make arrangements to be flown in by helicopter
When hiking, the guests occasionally encounter other hikers in the alpine areas (the cabin is private)
The cabin is skillfully crafted and very deluxe for a back country cabin. I would like it to be treated with respect. The area is a pristine mountainous region, to be cherished.
Staying at Ann and Gordon's cabin truly exceeded our expectations. I would echo the positive feedback that many other visitors have provided.
-This is a backcountry cabin.
- Be prepared for a somewhat challenging hike up.
-Poles / yaktracks / snowshoes were all incredibly helpful for the hike given the time of year.
- Bring hats/mitts in spring, as you are high in the mountains
- You will need to retrieve your own water from a nearby stream.
- There is no electricity, however cabin includes propane cooking stove and beautiful wood burning stove for heat.
-Cooler and solar-powered lanterns were provided
Why we loved it:
The cabin was very cozy and beautifully built. Great for a get away with a loved one/friend/family. Snowshoe up to the beautiful McKirdy ridge, play cards, cook, read books, talk, draw, write etc. Our experience was restorative and incredibly fun!
Ann and Gordon are wonderful people and very welcoming hosts. It is incredible that they are willing to share what could easily remain as a hidden gem. When we returned, Ann invited us in for dinner, and my partner played piano in their family home. It was very touching and we will certainly be back.
The helicopter ride up to the cabin was spectacular Ann made the extra effort of accompanying me and guiding me down from the ridge. Great view of Mt McKirdy from the cabin which had basic necessities and a wood stove that is easy to light up. Just a terrific location for a secluded cabin high above the valley and panoramic views of several mountain ranges. Ann and Gordon are wonderful hosts and provided lots of information.
We had such a nice weekend up at the cabin. In early April, the conditions for skiing and snowshoeing were still great. The cabin itself is rustic but perfectly equipped and comfortable. It was thoughtfully stocked with all of the conveniences you may want. The views are breathtaking and the area is packed with various options for spending some quality time with nature. We read all of the previous reviews ahead of time but were still surprised by the strenuous hike to get up to the cabin. It was well worth the efforts. Our only complaint is that we did not stay long enough. We have already recommended this cabin to others and hope to return in the summer next time to enjoy the wildlife and lake. Thank you Ann and Gordon for sharing this gem with us.
Ann and Gordon's Hermit Thrush Cabin is a truly incredible, unique and adventure-filled experience that my girlfriend and I were very glad to have. The host, Ann, helped us prepare before our trip by describing the conditions and the necessary things to bring with us. She met us when we arrived and spent some time with us giving instructions and history and context of the cabin. She led us part way up the trail and was awaiting us when we came back down. Everything was exactly as described and we had no surprises other than just how private, silent and still the location of the cabin is. The experience takes a bit of courage and fortitude, as the hike up is challenging, and you must rely on a few basic skills (fire-making, water-fetching, possibly moving snow) to settle in up there, but we were able complete and enjoy the experience with very little prior back-country experience. I highly recommend this experience for the inexperienced and experienced back-country travelers alike.
Ann was incredibly nice and accommodating, she took us through all that we needed to know and walked us up the trail a decent amount answering some questions and just chatting along the way. Ann even showed us her beautiful log home and told us a little bit about it and how it came to be which was an added bonus. We also meet her handy husband Gordon, who was also very nice.
Ann and Gordon were very welcoming and accommodating when we arrived at the cabin trailhead. We went over the instructions and waiver, then Ann walked with us along the first part of the trail.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the trail is challenging. Out of the 6 km's, 4 of them are a fairly constant climb. But what a beautiful hike! The forest was so tranquil and fresh.
The cabin itself was amazing. Cozy and welcoming with everything that you need for a quiet retreat.
We rented snowshoes from Ann and hiked all along the mountain ranges and meadows surrounding the cabin. On a clear day, the mountain view was breathtaking! 360 degrees of mountains! We didn't come across a single human being our entire stay, so it truly was an escape from the fast-life.
I cannot say enough positive things about this listing. It was everything that I wanted and needed in a cabin, the hosts were lovely, and the time to "unplug" from the world was much appreciated.
"The best birthday I've ever had" - quote from my girlfriend after the weekend.
Ann met us at the bottom in Valemount, and took us up to their gorgeous wood house to discuss some housekeeping items about the cabin. She was a lovely host. From there, we started the hike.
The hike is not for the faint of heart. It's 850m over 6K, so you're walking uphill the entire way. The snow definitely slowed us down, so it took 4 hours to make the hike. We were overjoyed to finally see the cabin.
There was plenty of firewood and kindling and the place was clean and tidy. The place heats up very quickly with the wood stove.
There was no running water or electricity, so you'll be cooking on a propane stove. The water supply was not easy to access, and we boiled snow for water. This definitely added to the experience.
Once we got comfortable with our surroundings, we had such a good time admiring the beauty, relaxing, getting in touch with nature, drinking vodka and solving the world's problems.
The hike downhill was such a relief. We marveled at how we actually managed to climb up the mountain with 30 lbs nap-sacks on our backs. It only took 1.5 hours to descend.
Fantastic trip and will most certainly be back in the summer time!
About the Host, Ann
I love the outdoors and am fortunate enough to live in the mountains, by a creek, surrounded by wilderness and trails. My husband and I both shared a goal in making this alpine area available to others, by building a easy to use cabin. I do wood carving and drawing and my husband and I play music. .