Photo by Joe Lucas
On July 5, 2020 a work crew went to Jumbo Pass. The road conditions up Jumbo Creek Forest Service Road are fine, if you have a high clearance vehicle. The road is rutted the first couple of km after turning onto JCFSR, but easy to stay on the high side of the ruts. The 3 avalanche sections have melted off the road, no debris, no issue. The bridge over Jumbo Creek at km 6 could use fill at both ends of the bridge deck. Water level has receded considerably, at the 11.5 km creek crossing, not an issue. Alders growth the last 2 km before the trail head, is thick. Slow going through the water bars as always. They hiked up as far as the snow line, 2 km from the trail head, about 2030m elevation, clearing any newly fallen trees across the trail. Another work party will be scheduled to finish clearing the trail once the snow melts unto the hut and build a crossing over the wet boggy areas. The Hut Society has suspended renting out all their huts due to COVID.
On July 30, 2020 a crew of ten did a work bee on Jumbo Pass. The gravel road starts on Toby Creek Road at km 0 past Panorama resort to Jumbo FSR which is dusty and busy this time of year. The road, bridged creek crossings are all in good shape. On Jumbo FSR the road starts to deteriorate immediately. The road is rutted with the usual pot holes. Vegetation overgrowth gets increasingly bad. The bridge deck at 6m over Jumbo Creek needs fill at each end (ingress & egress). The 2 wet creek crossings, first at km 11.5 is the deepest with water level about 6 inches. The second crossing is fine. Starting at 16 km the road has very deep water bars but negotiable, slowly. The vegetation overgrowth is really closing in for the last 2 km to the trail head, already brushing along vehicle sides. The crew of 10 volunteers started off together, then broke into 3 groups. First group posted the COVID 19 Trail sign at the trail head, then hiked to Jumbo Hut putting up trail marker signs to aid in trail finding during early season snowy conditions when the route is harder to follow. The second group started maintenance at the 1 km mark on 2 wet boggy areas. A trench was hand dug and downed dead trees were used to create a path over the wet sections to avoid excess braiding in this area by hikers looking for a drier path and tramping over vegetation. An impressive use of natural resources by the chainsaw operators and trench diggers, improved this section of the trail
immensely. The third crew started working at the km 2 mark, just below the first creek crossing where the trail steepens and is a maze of tree roots, rocks and running water. Although the trail has improved over the past week, it is still considered challenging and unsafe. Steep, wet roots and running water, make for very slippery terrain. The crew was able to divert a couple of larger streams away from the trail and trimmed vegetation.