Brenda Haley shares these breathtaking photos of a recent hike up to Jumbo Pass, in the Purcell mountains.
From the West Kootenay side, Jumbo Pass is accessed by the Glacier Creek FSR (forest service road) in the Central Kootenay Regional District, around 1.5 hours from Kaslo.
According to WestKootenayHiking.ca, the downside to this hike is that the vast majority is its steady climb through the forest without much scenery along the way. Glimpses of Horseshoe Glacier is said to be visible through the trees, but it’s mostly an uphill march.
After about four kilometres, over 700 metres of elevation, and around two hours, the forest starts breaking up into patches of meadow and trees.
Scenery starts to open up up at the top of Jumbo Pass.
The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy Park embraces six large drainages flowing east to the Columbia River system and three flowing west to Kootenay Lake. All of which emanate from the rugged and glaciated backbone of the spectacular Purcell Mountain Range of southeastern B.C.
It is a challenging, undeveloped nearly pristine mountain landscape encompassing five biogeoclimatic zones and the only intact ecosystem in southeastern B.C.