This walk leads to Lake Judd and back via the Lake Judd Track from the Red Tape Creek car park on Scotts Peak Road, Southwest National Park. Lake Judd is a deep, ice-carved lake surrounded by precipitous mountains. Just over three kilometres long, it is the largest glacial lake of the Southwest. It starts as a reasonably flat walk through a forest and then across button grass swamps, which is hard going, but the views across the swamps to Mount Anne make the experience enjoyable. The track ends at a large flat area for camping, just by the lake. This walk involves a river crossing, which may not be possible after heavy rain. Some sections of the track are often very wet and muddy. The final section to reach Lake Judd is uphill but not too strenuous. The track itself is reasonably well marked with a few sections that require some navigational skills. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.