The hiking trail is steep, but its varied scenery keeps the hike interesting. The hike starts in the dense, cool, moist forest, refreshing on a hot day. The forest floor is soft and quiet, with the footfall of hikers’ boots cushioned on the carpet of needles. The trail is an inviting ribbon for travel.
As the forest thins with rising elevation, the views expand and the hike climbs through alpine meadows. Mount Bastille’s lower buttresses and towering peaks and glaciers surround you. Regal subalpine larch trees escort hikers along the beautiful trail. Jumbo Pass Cabin
The hut is managed jointly by the Columbia Valley Hut Society (CVHS) and the BC Forest Service. It is on an alpine ridge overlooking the spectacular view. The shelter sleeps eight and a tarn is nearby for summer drinking water. A BC Forest Renewal grant and the CVHS built the cabin in 1997, and according the society’s website “it replaced a 30-year-old structure that had seen its better days and was too small to meet the demands of an ever-growing interest of hikers and skiers to the see the beautiful vistas of Jumbo Pass.”
Camping is welcome at the ridge, and reservations are not required. Please camp at least 100 m from the drinking-water tarn. Do not use firewood in summer, as it is expensive to fly in. The wood is for winter use only. Fires are not permitted in summer.
Go to Contact Information and References for Columbia Valley Hut Society reservation and contact information.
The widely known controversy over the Jumbo Glacier Alpine Resort and the BC government has been droning on for almost 20 years. The disagreement is about permitting an extensive new resort at the headwaters of Jumbo Creek. The area is only a half-dozen kilometres or so from the border of the protected wilderness of the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy.