The trail begins along the skid road on the left and the trailhead is clearly marked. The trail is both well used and obvious, with a blend of easy, moderate and steep sections to sustain interest. After 1 km, the trail is deep within a lush
forest before tackling a small boulder field. After gaining 300 m, subalpine meadows will become prominent. When you get to a steep alpine creek, a square orange marker nailed to a tree indicates a sharp turn right (west) and across the creek. The dark-grey cliff s of Bastille Mountain are to your left. At 4 km, the trees start giving way to flower carpeted grassy meadows marking your arrival on to Jumbo Pass. At 5.2 km, a trail on your left meets the path – this is from the West Kootenay-Glacier Creek; continue your bearing and following the sign to the hut. The Jumbo Pass hut sits 0.9 km from this junction, below an inviting ridge that eventually leads to Mount Monica. The first peak in the ridge is enough to provide stunning panoramic views. The peaks of Bastille Mountain lie to the SW, the top of the Starbird Glacier (which runs down the other side of the ridge) to the north. Jumbo, the tallest peak in the area, lies to the NE.



From the north end of Invermere follow signs to Panorama Resort (18kms), and continue along the gravel Toby Creek road for 20 kms to the abandoned Mineral King mine. Just past the tailings field turn right and follow the Jumbo Creek Forest Service Road north. Park along the road at the 15.8 km mark where a signed old spur road will lead you to the trailhead.

Glacier Creek Access – Head north on the Duncan Lake FS Road for 11.8 kms from its junction with Hwy 31 just south of Cooper Creek. Turn right onto the Glacier Creek Road follow it for 23 kms to the 2nd bridge. Take the right fork for 4 kms to the trailhead on the left. Contact the Kootenay Lake Forest District (250-825-1100) for details on the 4.2 km trail.


Jumbo Pass June 26, 2024

Toby Creek FSR good to km 19. Jumbo FSR good driving to 6 km bridge, creek crossing at 11.5km water level is low 3 – 6 inches deep, from Leona Creek bridge at 13.5km to trail head there are water bars. The alder clearing last season work bees improved this section considerably; no concern of vehicle scratching.  Beyond 2.5 km there is snow and wet sections on the trail.

Jumbo Pass September 2, 2023

A grizzly encounter was reported near the pass.  The bear was chowing down on huckleberries and barely moved when he/she saw the hikers.  Make lots of noise and keep your dogs on a leash.

Jumbo Pass July 19, 2023

The road to Jumbo Pass is in relatively good shape, but a high-clearance vehicle is highly recommended for the creek crossing.

A STMS work crew spent the day (the 19th) cutting back the vegetation on the road the last 2 km.  The fire danger was such that motorized brushsaws could not be use and the work had to be done with hand-held loopers, which slowed the work considerably.  The crew started clearing both sides of the road but switched to the left side only knowing they would not finish both side at this pace.  They hope to return in September to finish the job.