Ghost Lake Hut | Lyell Range/Radiant Range Conservation Area

Ghost Lake is the best, ie, least kooky, of the huts on the Old Ghost Road. Add the location, right on top of a cliff, with a huge view to the east, the almost half way point, and, well, it’s no wonder it’s the most heavily booked accommodation on the trail. Not much hope of a spontaneous stay here, it’s booked weeks/months ahead, at least at the weekends. Wonder how long it will take the Trust to triple the hopelessly inadequate mattress capacity.

The layout is more practical than the other Trust huts: the sleeping areas are actually fully insulated, and it doesn’t have crazy stairs everywhere.

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category . . . private hut, constructed and managed by the Mokihinui-Lyell Backcountry Trust

hut fee . . . flat rate of $160 per adult and $80 per child (16 and under). The fee covers your entire trip whether you choose to spend 1, 2, 3 or 4 nights on the trail (it is not per night).

winter hut rate . . . stays beginning during winter months (June, July and August) will be priced at a flat rate of $100 per adult and $50 per child.

camping . . . flat rate of $50 per tent site, can accommodate 2 people, covers 1—4 nights stay, as long as you stay outside different huts. Not supposed to use inside hut facilities but can use toilet and water tank.

booking . . . required. Book online.

elevation . . . 1205 m

bunks . . . 12 total, in 3 sleeping alcoves

camping site . . . 1 only, 2 people maximum in 1 tent

built . . . 2012

cooking . . . gas cooker supplied

heating . . . firebox, firewood supplied

water . . . tap above sink from rainwater tank

facilities . . . A rain-fed water supply (off the hut roof), internal sink, cutlery, crockery, cooking pots, gas cooktops, a frying pan, kettle and a coffee plunger, communal living area, wood stove, outside composting toilet, bike storage, and a bike repair station.

toilet . . . longdrop

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