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)
I am only able to get up to the cabin once a week, to bring fresh bedding, and thoroughly clean the cabin. That means that some of my guests will need to make their own bed, with provided clean bedding & leave the cabin as clean as they found it.
No smoking in the cabin
Dogs are sometimes allowed under certain conditions.
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.
What can we say? It was awesome. If you want to experience your own mountain in relative luxury, this is the way to do it. The meadow and mountains above the cabin are spectacular. We hiked around for two days and saw no other humans. The cabin was very comfortable for my wife and me, and would work for us and a couple of kids. The wood stove, water available on site, cozy sheets and blankets made for easy living (relative to camping). There were lots of staples in the cabin like oil, syrup, pasta that were unexpected.
The cabin's construction and craftsmanship is very cool. The logs for the cabin are at least 12 inches in diameter and the 7 sided design of the structure makes for very interesting angles and architectural details.
If you love the woods and don't want to carry a tent, this is the place for you.
Ann and Gordon were great.
Listing description accurate through and through -- we are all fairly experienced hikers and were surprised at how steep the hike in was... especially with overpacked backpacks in tow :)
What an absolutely fantastic experience! Ann was very friendly and helpful throughout the entire process and the cabin was amazing: cozy, clean, well insulated and completely private.
The hike up isn't exactly a stroll in the park but it's totally worth it. As a frame of reference, it's a bit tougher than the Sulphur Mountain trail in Banff. From the cabin, I HIGHLY recommend hiking up at least to the meadow, and up to the 'first peak' if you can- being the only person on the top of a mountain is a pretty special experience that you can't get on the tourist trails in Banff or Jasper.
My only regret is not staying longer. If you're debating between booking that extra night or not.. book it! Can't wait to come back.
We had a fantastic time in the back country cabin with Ann. The walk took a little over 2 hours without any stops, but it is steep so take only the essentials. The cabin had everything we needed, and was heated with a wood fire overnight, which we lit as it was around 3 degrees overnight.
The hiking in the meadow was great fun, although other than the initial track there are not marked paths. We highly recommend watching the sunset from the ridge on the left of the meadow as you arrive.
Overall we had a fantastic experience, it was exactly what we were looking for.
Ann's Cabin is just awesome! A lot of wilderness, silence, simple lifestyle. Ann was a very friendly host, we definitly recommend her! These 2 nights were a highlight on our canada-trip!
We had a great time at the Hermit Thrush Cabin. The hike up is a hefty one, and the bugs were miserable, but once you get past that, it's the best! A lot of exploring to do and trails around the cabin. Maps help a lot. If you plan on climbing McKirdy get some advice before hand from Ann on the route. The cabin has a screened in porch (lovely) and its own outhouse. Easy water source, and well supplied. Don't take more than you need bc it may already be there--ask ahead.
The Hermit Thrush Cabin is truly a gift. Idyllically located 6 km from the nearest house in a national forest, you will be treated to incredible views, all-encompassing peace and quiet, and the comfort of loneliness. We came across from Toronto via The Canadian, and Ann very graciously picked us up and treated us as part of her family. If you're looking for a true escape "from it all" come here, where all you need is what is right in front of you.
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. .