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 Larch-O-Rama, Bugaboos, Jumbo Pass
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Portland, Oregon

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 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  4:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
Ahhh, the 12 hour drive from Portland to the trailhead is a mind-number, but a trip to the Purcell Range in BC is more than worthwhile, especially when the journey coincides with larch season.

As we drove north, autumn color became more pronounced.

We arrived at the Bugaboos trailhead and prepped the car to protect it from porcupines, who LOVE to chew rubber hoses and belts.

It's easy to get motivated to begin the hike up into the Bugaboos. 

The trail is steep, but scenic and safe, with ladders, chain handrails to ease any discomfort with the mild exposure in a few spots.

Bad weather rolled in after we reached the spacious Conrad Kain Hut, where we stayed for 2 nights at $25 a person/per day.  It's deluxe, with hydroelectric power, a hut custodian, etc.  If you cherish privacy and are  averse to late night snore-fests, a tent camp may seem a better option, but this late in the year, it was great to duck in out of the weather.

We awoke to fresh snow and made a trek up to the heart of the Bugaboos when the weather cleared a bit.  It was cooooold until the sun came up for good.

Weather was up and down for the two days, but the larch trees were near peak and the mountains were spectacular, always.

We bombed out of the the Bugaboos and drove a couple of hours south to the Jumbo Pass trailhead and made a quick haul 2300' up to Jumbo Pass as evening set in

The cabin at Jumbo Pass was super cozy for the 6 of us.  Dawn was chilly, but the sunrise views were incredible.  It's a perfect base camp for exploration.

All in all a great trip, yes a long drive, but the Purcell Range is one of the relatively unsung hiking destinations in the West.  If it was in the U.S, there would be a crowds and strict permit system for a spectacular location such as this.  Ah, the blissful quiet of the BC mountains.

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in da bush, alberta

1074 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  4:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for sharing!! Haven't been there yet but have to make sure of it next year.

Junior Member

395 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  4:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stunning area. Thanks for sharing!

Junior Member

North Vancouver, BC

494 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  5:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good god! Hydro at the Kain hut! Well, that's not going to keep the riff raff away.

What a great trip. You really scored in the shoulder season. Ten years ago we spent five nights at the Kain hut and saw only two other souls the whole time. And one of them was from Kansas. I thought those days were gone. I guess not. Some really nice photography.
Worth the 12 hour drive?
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Popkum, BC

6094 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  6:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OOO so pretty, we were hoping to get to Bugaboos Trail again this year but the summer was just too short. Thanks for the eye candy.

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calgary, ab

166 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  6:20 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
great pictures man !!! looked like a great trip

Edited by - sparkes on 10/09/2010 7:44 PM

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Vancouver, BC

195 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  6:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Motivated +=1

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 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  7:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great photography.

Thanks for the report.

Junior Member

350 Posts

 Posted - 10/09/2010 :  10:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
spectacular mountains!

Junior Member

206 Posts

 Posted - 10/10/2010 :  12:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Picture 5/6 are quite the display of colors! Looks like a blast despite the conditions.



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 Posted - 10/10/2010 :  06:57 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice. :)
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Day Tripper

Peak bagging, bushwhacking, zamboni driving, snowshoeing, self portrait artist, and speed demon who loves to hang out on Mt. Seymour

4576 Posts

 Posted - 10/10/2010 :  10:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ah, the blissful quiet of the BC mountains.

If you went to Garibaldi Lake/Black Tusk on the weekend - you might rephrase that. Off the beaten path though, it is pretty blissful up this way.

Fresh snow, sun and cloud, larches = a great trip and pictures.

no quitting
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Powell River, bc

2749 Posts

 Posted - 10/10/2010 :  10:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Spectacular!!!!! :)

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Sunshine Coast, BC

838 Posts

 Posted - 10/10/2010 :  12:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks for the excellent report. My wife and I did Jumbo Pass in mid-september and what a beautiful time it was. Hiking from the trailhead in Jumbo creek up to the pass is a prize-winner on so many fronts. Excellent views, steep enough to get the 'thigh burn', but not lengthy so you can enjoy it in part of a day.

it has become one of our fave BC hikes, and i truly hope there is no resort development in Jumbo Creek.


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Chilliwack, BC

50 Posts

 Posted - 10/11/2010 :  01:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
WOW Awesome pictures!! Thank you very much for posting! Looks fantastic up there!

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Coquitlam, BC

62 Posts

 Posted - 10/11/2010 :  08:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by twoodburn

Spectacular colours! Looks like this was a very scenic trip.

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Happy go lucky, plaid wearin, postholin, safeway gaitor sportin, old-school film shootin, giver of many regards

Abbotsford, B.C.

15027 Posts

 Posted - 10/18/2010 :  4:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by afterimage

Originally posted by twoodburn

Spectacular colours! Looks like this was a very scenic trip.

A lot of spectacular photos, this one defiitely ranks near the top. What a beautiful area..


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Vancouver, bc

1160 Posts

 Posted - 10/18/2010 :  5:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mouth watering or eye watering pics - definitely calendar material.

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North Vancouver, bc

174 Posts

 Posted - 10/18/2010 :  6:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice pics, I would love to get into that range sometime.
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