Mount Arrowsmith Ridge Access Routes

Port Alberni, British Columbia

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Mount Arrowsmith offers hikers three possible routes to the alpine: Rosseau Trail, the Judge’s Route, and Saddle Trail. Because Rosseau Trail parallels the saddle for much of the ascent, offering fewer opportunities for views and wildflowers, this description concentrates on the Judge’s Route and Saddle Trail. Rosseau Trail is flagged and takes you onto the west ridge of Mount Cokely. It makes for a longer loop than Saddle Trail. All the trails offer stunning views of neighboring mountains, the Gulf Islands, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding lakes (among them Emerald Lake). In season, subalpine meadows display a rich variety of wildflowers such as red columbine, lilies, daisies, yarrow, and edible thistles.

Mount Arrowsmith (Ridge Access Routes) Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Arrowsmith offers hikers three possible routes to the alpine: Rosseau Trail, the Judge’s Route, and Saddle Trail. Because Rosseau Trail parallels the saddle for much of the ascent, offering fewer opportunities for views and wildflowers, this description concentrates on the Judge’s Route and Saddle Trail.

Rosseau Trail is flagged and takes you onto the west ridge of Mount Cokely. It makes for a longer loop than Saddle Trail. All the trails offer stunning views of neighboring mountains, the Gulf Islands, the Pacific Ocean, and surrounding lakes (among them Emerald Lake). In season, subalpine meadows display a rich variety of wildflowers such as red columbine, lilies, daisies, yarrow, and edible thistles."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Alberni
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 3,330 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Up to 13 hours
Season: Best June to September
Local Contacts: Alpine Club of Canada
Local Maps: NTS Map 92 F/7
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Arrowsmith (Ridge Access Routes)

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