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.

First Light on Jumbo

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...

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

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

Sundown on Jumbo

Sundown on Jumbo Pass

Evening light falls gently on Jumbo pass. While the cabin is a favorite destination... more..

How hard is the hike?

The trail length from either side is about 5.5 km's with an elevation gain of 680 metres. 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 Pass

Golden Larches on Jumbo Pass

Late evening. While waiting for the light and clouds... more...

When is the best time to hike it?

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

Jumbo Summer

Jumbo Summer

Flowers and vistas. A short early morning hike to quietly... more...

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.

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

There are lots of tenting spots, like our camp in 2015, if the cabin is full.

Father and son photographers Jim and Howard Smith have been photographing the Purcell mountains of southeastern BC since 2010. They sell fine art prints.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith
Howard Smith
Howard Smith