The 2018 summer has been nothing short of amazing. One of the most incredible trips so far was a day hike up to 5040 Peak on Vancouver Island. The 360-degree views at the top, Cobalt Lake and the STUNNING hut being built is nothing short of incredible.
The Marion Main logging road that leads to the trail is easy to find, as it is 5km past Sutton Pass Summit on the left. However, after this, things got a bit tricky. We followed older directions that left us a bit confused. We managed to take an old trail up which was beautiful but missed the lake. Therefore, if you follow the logging road in approximately 10.4km you should find the trailhead on your left and have plenty of room for parking. The trailhead has a sign that reads 5040 Peak and is very distinct.
This trail is steep and on a 30-degree day, it took a lot of energy… and WATER! I would recommend at least 2-3L of water, a first aid kit, snacks and a bug spray. We also brought a GPS, which came in handy on the old trail we took.
BEWARE: Vancouver Island is incredibly fortunate to have spectacular wildlife. Running into wildlife on a trail like this is not rare. Respect any animal (or plant life) you come across and educate yourself on how to be safe in a situation like this. Our group saw a sweet black bear on the logging road.