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    Hike to Jumbo Pass Cabin

    Jumbo Pass with its incredible views of glaciers, mountains, wildflowers and a snug alpine cabin is amazing. Here’s a quick overview of this wonderful place.

    So where is Jumbo Pass?

    Jumbo Pass is located in the Kootenay region of southeast BC in the Purcell Mountains. It’s west of the town of Invermere, past Panorama Ski Resort, or northeast of the village of Kaslo.

    How do I get there?

    Two ways:

    both with high clearance vehicle access...

    Invermere and Radium

    From the east Kootenay near Invermere take the highway to Panorama ski resort then the Toby and Jumbo creek forest roads to the trailhead.

    Route to Jumbo Pass from Invermere and Radium

    Nelson and Kaslo

    From the west Kootenay past Kaslo on the Glacier Creek forest road which starts about 10 km north of Argenta.

    Route to Jumbo Pass from Kaslo and NelsonSundown on JumboEvening light falls gently on Jumbo pass. While the cabin is a favorite destination...

    How hard is the hike?

    The trail length from either side is about 5.5 km with an elevation gain of 680 meters. A lot of folks say it’s only a moderate hike of 2.5 hours one way. But ha, that depends on how fit you are. We’ve seen all ages and fitness levels from young children to octogenarians. If you’re not sure, just plan to take your time; 3-4 hours one way. It’s worth it!

    Golden Larches on Jumbo PassLate evening. While waiting for the light and clouds...

    When is the best time to hike it?

    Late July through September. August for wildflowers and-or September for golden larches.

    Jumbo SummerFlowers and vistas. A short early morning hike to quietly... Glacier view on Jumbo Pass

    Jumbo Cabin

    The 8 person cabin is available for booking from the Columbia Valley Hut Society. You better book early because it’s extremely popular.

    Jumbo Pass Cabin and Lake

    There are lots of places to explore on the pass. Or you can just relax down by the pond and take in the views.

    Father and son photographers Jim Smith and Howard Smith have been photographing the Purcell mountains of southeastern BC for decades. They sell fine art prints from alpine locations throughout British Columbia. View their online gallery here.

    Happy Trails!