We’re just advised the Glacier Creek Fire took a big run 2 days ago, and as a result the glacier Creek forest service road accessing jumbo pass from the West Kootenays is now closed to recreational traffic. You can still access from the east side of via Invermere without issue.
A hiker has advised that the avalanche debri has been cleared enough such that the 4×4 access is possible to the Jumbo Pass trailhead. We don’t have specific details, but you should expect the road to still be quite rough in spots.
Watch out for split culverts with holes in the road surface at the 22.5 km and 25.6 km. Debris clean up completed at 27.8 Km, enough to get small vehicles by on outside shoulder.
A party who went up to the Pass June 10th report today that they were able to drive with a 4×4 truck to the 7 km, (through several washouts) where the major slide regularly runs in spring. This adds 7 km of road walking to the hike. There are a total of 5 slides with extensive tree debris to cross. It’s expected that the road will be closed for several weeks.
The North Fork Spillimacheen Rd – the access to the McMurdo Cabin trailhead is now plowed all the way to the 46.5 km, the McMurdo Creek parking lot. Logging traffic continues to the 5 km K Road on weekdays, monitor Road channel 3 = VHF frequency 150.140 Mhz, and call your kilometres!
Folks we enjoy a long history of cooperation between RK Heli and the local ski tourers. This has started to erode in the Jumbo drainage due to day touring on their regularly used, managed & gladed runs. Please seek out touring opportunities other than their regular runs, it jeopardizes the relationship with CVHS which took decades to establish. Here’s a open letter from Graham their GM:
For those seeking transportation to the Huts or the trailhead this coming winter, here is some information to aid your trip planning: Coldstream Helicopters – Invermere, BC email@example.com (250) 341-7164 Jumbo Hut delivery or pickup from Invermere airport: approx $1400. Additional loads from Toby/Jumbo confluence parking lot – add $600. Olive Hut delivery or pickup $1200 – $1400 depending on weather. Their new Bell 407 HP Carries 6 adults with full gear, skis and groceries with power and gear space to spare. Check […]
As most Hut visitors know, once you leave the highway the backcountry roads accessing the trail heads are built, maintained and used regularly by logging complanies. In our area Canfor Forest Products is the principle Forest licencee. Although these Forest Service Roads are not legally “Radio Controlled” but rather “Radio Assisted”, the use of VHF radios is strongly recommended for all users, particularly on weekdays on active logging roads. Drive cautiously and expect the unexpected. Be prepared to use the […]
The ‘Jumbo Wild’ movie released last year has created an overwhelming demand for the Hut this winter, it’s booked solid to the limit into the new year. Expect stiff competition when attempting even custom bookings. Meanwhile the other Huts are getting only average attention, they offer access to extensive alpine ski terrain in contrast to Jumbo, which is mainly at & below treeline. Give them some consideration. Research them thoroughly on this site before asking questions please. Trip planning and […]
Folks; we’re having continued problems with the Coleman stove connector part (‘elbows’) in the Huts. The threads in the soft aluminum female threads get easily stripped by the hard steel male threads on the canisters. This can render the stove useless, or worse cause a propane fire in the Hut! Its come to our attention that inconsistent manufacturing may be partially at fault and want to share what we know with you. !Avoid buying canisters/tanks that have slightly longer unthreaded […]