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.