Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass

Kaslo, British Columbia

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A long, rough drive into the heart of the Purcell Mountains leads to a pair of trails—only a few miles apart—that will take your breath away. They are short, steep routes to the spine of this glaciated range, but the exertion isn’t as breathtaking as the scenery. Either hike is worth its own overnight trip. Camp out or reserve a bunk in the hiker’s hut at Jumbo Pass. Day hikers might like to go light and do both trails in a weekend or a long day in grizzly bear country. Call ahead for updates on the area’s deteriorating roads and bridges. The hike to Monica Meadows starts just under elev. 6,000 feet and temporarily leaves the view of Horseshoe Glacier and Macbeth Ice Fields and gets right to business. Seven fairly steep switchbacks gain about 1,000 feet in 1 mile before moderating and contouring around a ridge. Enjoy the raven's-eye view south across Glacier Creek to the Horseshoe Glacier.
100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

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100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest

by Rich Landers & Spokane Mountaineers (The Mountaineers Books)

A long, rough drive into the heart of the Purcell Mountains leads to a pair of trails—only a few miles apart—that will take your breath away. They are short, steep routes to the spine of this glaciated range, but the exertion isn’t as breathtaking as the scenery. Either hike is worth its own overnight trip. Camp out or reserve a bunk in the hiker’s hut at Jumbo Pass. Day hikers might like to go light and do both trails in a weekend or a long day in grizzly bear country. Call ahead for updates on the area’s deteriorating roads and bridges.

The hike to Monica Meadows starts just under elev. 6,000 feet and temporarily leaves the view of Horseshoe Glacier and Macbeth Ice Fields and gets right to business. Seven fairly steep switchbacks gain about 1,000 feet in 1 mile before moderating and contouring around a ridge. Enjoy the raven's-eye view south across Glacier Creek to the Horseshoe Glacier.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kaslo
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 4 to 6 hours each or overnight
Season: Mid-July through early October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,950 feet
Top Elevation: 7,500 feet
Local Contacts: Kootenay Lake Forest District, Nelson Office
Local Maps: Duncan Lake 82 K/7, or mapsheets 82 K/037 and 82 K/047
Driving Directions: Directions to Monica Meadows and Jumbo Pass

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