Crest is also used as the approach to higher, more demanding summits to the north such as Heber, Judson, Isardi and Big Den, although no trail exists to these objectives once past the summit of Crest.
Getting There/ApproachVancouver Island can be reached directly by air from, amongst other places Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco to Victoria and by ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria on The Coho
RouteTake the well signed and engineered Class 1 trail from the parking lot, across the bridge over Drum Narrows and up the mountain. Water is available just under half way up and then not until the alpine. Reckon on about 2-3 hours – depending on pack weight - up the switchbacks to the alpine at a large tarn and then a further 0.5-1 hour northwest on use-trail, or just follow your nose, to the large flat summit and cairn.
Red TapeYou are outside the core area of Strathcona Park and there are no fees to pay. BC Parks does not operate an intentions system, so there is no book to fill in. Make sure, therefore, that you have left a detailed trip plan with someone responsible. Parks and the appropriate SAR agency will respond in an emergency but it is up to you to initiate the process.
CampingPretty well anywhere you like with flat ground and a handy water source.
Boil or treat your water since giardia is very well documented on Vancouver Island. Practice scrupulous backcountry camping methods: keep your kitchen area and tent free of food scraps and hang all food well away from your tent at night to discourage critters. Light no fires if at all possible and if you really must, remove all traces of it before your leave.
Useful LinksBeyond Nootka – A Historical Perspective of Vancouver Island Mountains, Lindsay Elms, Misthorn Press, ISBN 0-919537-29-4 and/or visit http://members.shaw.ca/beyondnootka/
Island Alpine – A Guide to The Mountains of Strathcona Park and Vancouver Island, Philip Stone, Wild Isle Publications, 2003, ISBN 0-9680766-5-3 and/or visit www.wildisle.ca/publications
Strathcona Provincial Park