Cobalt Lake Trail


Your endurance will reward you with breathtaking views of some of the highest mountains in the region while hiking this trail, including Triple Peak, Cats Ears and the MacKenzie Range. Following the main divide of Vancouver Island, 5040 Peak and Cobalt Lake is one of our favourite alpine day hikes and well away from the main tourist walking trails. Why hike the the Cobalt Lake Trail with a guide? Our professional ACMG hiking guides are here to keep you safe and share their knowledge of the area with you. We also provide transportation to and from the trail head, as well as a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy while taking in the views!


  • Summit a mountain peak
  • Breathtaking alpine panorama views
  • Lakes, waterfalls and more


$250 per person

price based on 2 participants

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 7 km (4.3 miles)
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 891 m (2923 ft)
  • Type: Alpine Day Hike / Private
  • Location: 5040 Peak via the Cobalt Lake Trail / Marion Valley / Sutton Pass
  • Terrain: Steep rainforest trail, sub alpine, alpine terrain
  • Group Size: 1-4 people (Due to vehicle capacity we are limited to 4 people maximum)
  • Season: June to October

  • Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in either Tofino or Ucluelet. Here we will depart for a full day of adventure to Sutton Pass approximately a 45 minute - 1 hour drive into the island interior mountain range. These details will be discussed during the booking process.


  • To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking trails, daily climbing and descending and duration of the trip. While part of this hike does utilize formed trails, you must be comfortable hiking across technical terrain including rocks and boulders, slippery tree roots and scree slopes. There are some unbridged streams to cross and some steep rocky hillsides to scramble up and down. This itinerary requires good fitness, balance, coordination and a good head for heights. The sense of isolation and wilderness is a strong feature of this trip. For you to be able to really enjoy this hike we recommend that you are confident walking across uneven terrain and are able to hike comfortably for multiple hours at a time (breaks included) with plenty of uphill.
  • Suitable for ages 16 and up.

  • A professional ACMG hiking guide
  • Transportation to and from Tofino/Ucluelet
  • Picnic summit lunch
  • Use of day pack (upon request)
  • Use of hiking poles (upon request)

  • Water (1 litre recommended)
  • Personal favourite snacks
  • Gratuity for your guide

  • We recommend you wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor exercise and close-toed shoes suitable for hiking.
  • It's always a good idea to bring a waterproof jacket or an additional layer such as a warm sweater as coastal weather can change quickly - even on sunny days.
  • It's also a good idea to pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a snack and your camera!
  • We ask that you please bring your own reusable water bottle - we're working to reduce plastic waste. Did you know that Tofino has some of the cleanest and freshest tap water in the world? Our fresh water supply comes from Colnett Mountain on the beautiful Meares Island. If you don't have a bottle of your own; Reusable Bottles are available for purchase at our Storm Light Outfitter's Booking Office along with a variety of outdoor gear.

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