The Judge | 2010.05.24
The last day of May long weekend, and the best weather of the 3 days and the main event I was waiting for. The Judge!!
Again I used the book Hikes around Invermere by Aaron & Matt for my reference. The access road is very confusing and if you don't have GPS, it will be hard to figure out the correct way. If you download my GPX, it includes access road route as well. For those of you who doesn't have GPS, you can still see the access road route from Google Map with my track. You can change Google map type to "Map" to show normal road map. The access road is called Kindersley Creek Forest Service Road just before Luxor Creek RV Park coming from Radium. This road is very rough and poorly maintained. After 24 km of driving this road ends and Diana Lake hiking trail starts, but this 24 km takes 70 min. Yes it was the slowest driving I had for a long time until on the way back I got stuck in traffic on HW1 for construction near Banff town site. It was even slower driving.
First 1.1 km of tail was more like an extend road. At waypoint "Turn Right" (GR539360) you can find hiking trail, so don't miss the turn. After the turn trail stays and goes along west side of a creek until waypoint "Bridge 2" (GR550380). However I have to tell you my track doesn't follow the trail because it was converted with snow. I was on and off trail. After this point, trees thin out and a pretty green valley appears that is if it's summer. For me I had a pretty white field. Unfortunately I couldn't see pretty Diana Lake I saw in the book as it was still frozen... To The judge wise way is to go farther to NW from Diana Lake and go to the col. Then get on the east ridge which leads to the peak. The last 150 m of elevation became very steep. It was about 40 to 50 degrees range, the hardest part of this trip. For descent, I took south ridge instead. The ridge is steep and would be hard for ascent but for decent it's nice, especially snow covered, I could go down very fast.
* Grid References (GR) is based on WGS84 which can be considered as NAD83 (The difference is inciginificant)