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Judge's Route Trail Guide  
- photos & guide by Lonny Barr  


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Andre, Lonny, Maddie - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
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Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr

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Comox Glacier - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Comox Glacier
Fishtail Lake and Arrowsmith Lake - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Fishtail Lake and Arrowsmith Lake
Ice on Tree - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Ice on Tree
Lonny - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Lonny
Looking South - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Looking South

Arguably Vancouver Island’s most well known mountain, Mt. Arrowsmith has a wide variety of trails making it very accessible. Judge’s Route leads you to the summit, providing excellent views of the Alberni Valley, the southern peaks of Strathcona, and the east coast of the island.

Panorama Looking West - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Panorama Looking West
Ridge - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Ridge
Survey Marker - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Survey Marker
Trail - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Trail
Judge's Route Map - Judge's Route Trail Guide by Lonny Barr
Judge's Route Map

The trail starts by following the old logging road branch near the parking area for about 25 minutes. There has been some new logging in this area, with new logging roads branching off the old road that leads to the trailhead. Make sure to keep right at any junctions to follow the old logging road to the start of the trail. This old road is not too steep and gives you a nice warm-up before the climb. At the end of the road, the trailhead is well marked, and immediately starts heading up some steep slopes. As you follow the trail up through the forest, follow the trail and flagging. There are a few branches in the trail, on each one make sure you keep to your left.

As you gain more altitude, you will notice the change in the size and types of trees. You will also start to get some great views of the Cameron Valley below. Once you are above the tree line, there are some sections that have some exposure. Be careful as some of the rocky slopes have loose debris that may easily be knocked down the steep slopes. Soon you will follow the trail up a small valley between two large peaks, and at the top of this valley you will head right towards the summit. Soon you will arrive at the first communication tower and helipad. From here it is a short scramble up to the summit on the right, which has another couple of towers and another helipad.

The summit sits at 1819m and provides a 360-degree view of Vancouver Island, and on a clear day you can actually see both coasts. Looking west gives you a great look at the Alberni Valley, Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake. To the North, you can see various peaks of southern Strathcona, including Big Interior, The Red Pillar, and the Comox Glacier. Looking east you can see a long stretch of coast, from Courtenay/Comox down to Nanaimo, as well as the Coast Mountains on the mainland. The cairn at the summit has a registry you can sign.

Lonny


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