Mt Arrowsmith via Judges Route
Park: Mt Arrowsmith Regional Park
MapAlberni Inlet - 92 F/2
Judges Route Trailhead: (100 km from Saanich Hall, 13 km on logging roads, 4wd recommended). Turn off the highway onto the road leading to the Mt. Arrowsmith Ski Area (about 10 minutes past Cathedral Grove). Note odometer reading.
2.4 km - Go left at fork.
10.3 km - Go left at intersection (small sign says "Ski" and "Pass" on tree).
To the right is Labour Day lake, Minnas Ridge and Mt. Moriarty.
13.2 km - Small clearing on left - Park here. (elevation is about 780 metres)
|Dayhike||4 boot (moderate to strenuous).||3.5 hours one way.|
The trail is pretty much straight up and in the trees for the first part. There is a lot of flagging on the trails in this area but keep going up on a route and should work your way onto the main route. Although consistently steep, there is little scrambling until near the top. Even here it is quite minor.
At about the 1230 metre level, there is a small clearing on a small bluff to the right that is a good break stop. There is another one just beyond this as well.
- At the top is a cairn with a comment book to write your name.
- There is a good 360 degree view from the top: Mt. Baker, mountains in Strathcona, the Georgia Strait, Olympic Mountains.
- The trees disappear at about the 1350 metre level, so the last 40% or so is in the open.
- This route is also described in Hiking Trails II, Seventh Edition Pages 80 to 83.
Notes: Since the above description was written part of the lower trail has been rerouted to avoid a heavily eroded area and the middle portion has been switchbacked. As well the trail was flagged in green/orange ribbons.
Trail maintenance was done on the trial on July 24, 1999 by a combination of members from the ACC, Alberni Valley Outdoors Club, Tuesday Walkers of Port Alberni and District 69 parks. Thanks to one and all from Victoria Club Tread!
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