The Bonnington Cabins & Traverse
Part of the Selkirk Mountains, the Bonnington Range runs roughly north-south and is bounded by the Salmo, Kootenay and Columbia Rivers. Within the Bonnington range are 12 peaks in the 7,000 foot range, a half dozen or so lakes, numerous rivers, countless valleys, and much pleasant alpine and sub-alpine terrain. Together with the Arrow Lakes region of the Ministry of Forests (MOF), the Kootenay Mountaineering Club (KMC) maintains four cabins (Grassy, Copper, Huckleberry and Steed) in the range, each separated by a distance of about 10 kilometres making summer and winter traverses of the higher peaks of the range a pleasant and worthwhile undertaking.
The cabins in the Bonnington Range are rustic, wilderness cabins. There are no official trails or routes to the cabins. Access is either via ski/snowshoe in winter or logging roads in summer, and, regardless of season, requires good route-finding skills and avalanche awareness. You can find some details as to the most common access to each of the cabins in this area of the website, but this is wilderness terrain and you are responsible for finding your own route in.
KMC Huts – FAQs
Don’t count on it! Grassy only sometimes…
No. When on the traverse, you should plan to spend a night out in case of emergency; it
happens. Weather, gear malfunction, navigation issues, injury etc are all manageable if you are adequately prepared.
Definitely check out our info pages for more information. You’ll need to do your homework
before setting out on the traverse. The huts should have functioning wood stoves, propane
cook stoves, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, dish soap and bleach. You’ll need a sleeping pad,
Commercial Hut Bookings
Are you a qualified Mountain Guide, leading a group and interested in staying with us during your trip through the Bonningtons?
Check out our commercial use section for more information.