Abbott Pass Hut and Lake Oesa

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Abbott Pass Hut and Lake Oesa is a 10.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

10.1 km
1,363 m
Out & Back



nature trips





I can't add too much to what's been said except to say that from Lake Oesa to the hut is most certainly NOT a moderate hike. You would be very foolish to not do this wearing a climbing helmet and very good footwear. From Lake O'Hara to Lake Oesa yes, definitely moderate and very beautiful on it's own.

PLEASE NOTE: The hut is closed indefinitely due to erosion. There is nowhere to camp up there. Allow yourself enough time to get up and back in daylight. The terrain is too difficult to hike at dusk.

27 days ago

Definitely the longest and steepest rock scrambling I have ever done. It took us 2 hrs just to master the scree field. 4.5 hrs for the entire hike up.

We arrived at the hut under dark clouds accompanied by thunder and hail. What a treat to enter a warm hut, with hot water already on the stove (placed by wonderful fellow hikers).
Helmets are highly recommended, especially for the downhill when every step causes a mini avalanche.
Put this adventure on your bucket list.

1 month ago

Easily the best hike I’ve ever done. The entire hike does not have a single dull moment! The climb up to the Hut is vertical and scree the entire time, it took me 2 1/2 hours. I did not rush but also did not take any long breaks, just enough to catch my breath and take a photo. The hike to lake Oesa (which is the starting point for where you break off to the mountaineering route to begin the climb to the Hut) took me 2 1/2 hours also. If you are nervous around heights or have not done any scrambling, maybe hold off on this one as it is very steep. But again, so worth the views!

3 months ago

First of all, I love Lake O’Hara. Been lucky enough to camp there several times. Seemed staying at the Hut was the next common sense thing to do. There’s something really neat about staying a night in the 2nd highest permanent structure in Canada and to also look at the Victoria Glacier for once from its side rather that the hundred or so times from the shoreline (which I’d easily do another 100 more times). The hike from Lake O’Hara is straight forward - I like going the wiwaxy gap route to Lake Oesa. But from Oesa to the hut, it’s 100% scree. If you’ve never had to tackle scree, you’re in for a real treat. Essentially it’s similar to going 2 steps up and sliding 1-1 1/2 feet down. It’s mentally and physically exhausting (read reviews on Mt Rundle). But if you’re a hiker, you’ll persevere and enjoy one of the more unique experiences in the Rockies. And it was here where I found I had an equally amount of love for scree as hate. If you dare, when going down scree, you can take big steps (even giant leaps) and let the heel of your boot dig into the scree. It was so cushiony and fun and only took 30min to descend to Lake Oesa.
I also have to mention that the outhouse has two small windows so you can still take in the view whether you are ‘standing or sitting’. Just brilliant.

14 hours ago

Saturday, July 15, 2017