- Jumbo Pass
Elevation: 2350m (7710')
Gain: 670m (2200')
Details: This hut, constructed in September of 1997, replaced a
small 30 year- old structure that had seen its better days an was too small
to meet the demands of an ever-growing interest of hikers and skiers to see
the beautiful vistas of Jumbo Pass. The new 8 person cabin was a joint
project involving the Columbia Valley Hut Society and a
Forest Renewal B.C. grant. It sits on the ridge, along the Purcell
divide, about .5 km north of Jumbo
Pass. There is
quality hiking, scrambling and ski touring available in this small alpine
location. Views are superb and include Karnak and Jumbo Mountains
to the north-east and Cauldron/Horseshoe glaciers to the south-west. A
nearby tarn, just to the east of the cabin,
is the summer season drinking water source. Please use firewood sparingly as it is
expensive to fly in! Firewood is for winter use only, not summertime campfires.
Formal Government Objectives: "Manage the Jumbo Pass Trail Recreation Site for a forested
and sub-alpine, semi-primitive non- motorized recreation experience. The cabin and the
trail to the cabin will be maintained; the natural vegetation will be conserved.
Opportunities for cabin accommodation, ski touring, hiking, and mountaineering will be
available at the site. Cabin reservations required. Access is by non-motorized trail."
Access: Trailhead parking (roadside) will vary from one year to
the next as it is dependant upon current government funding for
back-country road maintenance and the existence of active logging in the
area. Drive the Toby Creek road for 18 kms past
Panorama Mountain Resort, then turn right onto the Jumbo Creek road. For
winter access, this junction generally marks the end of the plowed portion of the road. For summer travelers, the
traditional parking area is located at the 15.4 km mark on the Jumbo Creek Road.
The trail begins by following a skid road that heads off to the left from
the road. Jumbo
Pass is also
accessible from the West Kootenays on the
Glacier Creek Forest Service Road. The trailhead and normal parking area is
at km 27. A washed out culvert will stop low clearance vehicles near the 24
km. It is advisable to use a 4-wheel drive vehicle on any non-maintained
The summer route up is usually fairly easy to follow from either side of the Pass
as this is one of the more popular summer hikes in the Purcells. However,
it is always advisable to bring a topographical map with you and know how
to use it! Hiking time is usually 2.5 to 3 hours in the summer and up to
6.5 hours ski touring in the winter depending on conditions.
K/7 Duncan Lake
21' 37" N 116° 37' 27" W
Location Map: click here
Sept 27th 2013 -
Annual maintenance at Jumbo Hut completed. Firewood restocked, waste flown out, general cleanup and minor repairs done.
Jan 28th 2014: Jumbo Creek snowmobile access is partially blocked 1.5 km beyond the parking lot, but snowmobile passable.