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Did this today. No snow in the parking lot however you will hit snow about 20 minutes into the hike itself. We did it in crampons on hard packed snow the way up. With the warm weather coming back was pretty much walking through the slushy top layer of snow. Lots of people in snowshoes. Lakes are both covered right now. If you're doing this on a sunny day do yourself a favour and wear a hat, the glare off the snow is enough for you to end up with a sun burnt face even with sunscreen. Definitely a must!! Views of the mountains are breaktaking.

An awesome hike. Did it yesterday (May 13th). At this point I'd highly recommend snowshoes as snow begins within the first 15 minutes. My shoes got absolutely soaked through even though they're waterproof. I'd recommend wearing covers over the tops of your shoes so snow can't get in. Bring extra socks and sunscreen if it's nice out, there's not much tree cover after the first 5km. Regardless of all of this, people were doing this hike without snowshoes and I had the best time ever so do whatever and you'll have a great time.

The latest trail report May 7th says that chains are mandatory to drive to the trailhead. I'm planning to head up tomorrow. Does anybody have an update on the Mamquam/Garibaldi Park road conditions?

13 days ago

We did this hike on May 5th with overnight camping at Elfin lakes. The parking lot is free of snow but not the trail (snow starts just after the beginning). We made it without snowshoes or crampons but most people had. 3:15 up / 2:45 down. Amazing views after passing the first 5/6km. Rough gravel road for 11km to go to the parking lot. Doable without a 4WD but carefully.

A Group of 4 of us went up this past weekend (April 7-8) and even though the weather wasn't ideal we had a blast. We parked in the parking lot and began our hike in the rain at 10:30 AM, however, once we reached the warming hut, it was lightly snowing and beautiful. After a 30-minute lunch break at the warming hut, we started the second half of the hike which was a bit steeper for at least 45 minutes and then leveled out and was much easier to walk. We arrived at the shelter, just passed the lakes at 4:00 PM.

The hike back down the next morning was a breeze and we had clear weather with the odd 5-minute snow flurry here and there. We didn't even bother stopping at the warming hut on the way down and we were back at the car at 2:00 PM (we had left the shelter at 11:00 AM)

Snowshoes are highly recommended!!!

We did this trail on March 10. We parked just after the road crossing. Some cars went upper, but some of them were stuck in the deep snow. We saw a tow truck helping a guy when we went back. The total hike was 23 km out and back. We did it in 8 hours including 1 hour break at the top. Nice open view at the top. Crampons or snowshoes are needed. We had crampons and it went great, and faster than a lot of snowshoeing groups we passed.

4 months ago

Went today and was able to make it to about 1-1.5 km past the Red Meadow Shelter. (16 km round trip) Beautiful hike with a steady climb and some beautiful views.

Chains are needed to get to trailhead parking lot. Otherwise it’s a 2.4 KM steady uphill climb to reach trailhead.

Toilet facilities at Trailhead and Red Meadow.

5 months ago

really nice trail. moderate hard

6 months ago

We did this hike in early November, one of my favorite hikes I've ever done! The trail is very well maintained and well marked. The first half is a pretty steep incline so fairly intense, but the last part near the lake flattens out a bit. We weren't prepared for how cold the top was, so make sure to bring layers if you're hiking in fall/spring/winter. We left at 1pm and got back around 5:30pm, but didn't stop for a break.

Incredible place!

Went at the end of October and it was walkable without snow gear. Mountain range was spectacular and breathtaking. Not a difficult hike and would recommend to everyone! Plenty to see: mountains, marshes, wild flowers, lakes, rabbits!

6 months ago

Absolutely stunning and breathtakingly beautiful. the water is so blue!!

Incredible flora in the Fall. Long but steady incline throughout. Excellent views of Garibaldi Mountain and parts of Squamish.

Still a perfect hike at this time of year. Beautiful colours. Fairly long, but definitely not "hard".

Amazing Trail and super beautiful lake I never seen before .

7 months ago

I did this trail at the end of September. First hike in BC. The weather started off around 10deg in the morning around 9am and got to around 18deg around 2pm. I did the Girabaldi Trail to the lake, hung out with campers and took photos (90% of folks on the trail seemed to be backpackers) and then headed back via the trail that goes up to Black Tusk lookout (did a short must-do jaunt to get a view of the lake from up Black Tusk Meadows) before heading back through Taylor Meadows. The trail through Lesser Garibaldi Lake is a little tight and windy with tree roots (~1.5 mi) but the lake is beautiful (needless to say!) I think I preferred the return trail of Black Tusk and Taylor Meadows (beautiful foot bridges, wide open spaces, awe-inspiring views). 15.6mi 4300ft 5.5 hrs total time (30 min break at the lake for lunch, plenty of photo talking time). The descent may start to hurt your knees or hips so bring Advil/hiking poles ;) Enjoy!

We saw a black bear near the trail. Lakes are not so beautiful as Joffre Lakes or Garibaldi Lake, but the mountain views all around are incredible! Whiskey Jacks nearby the lodge are so eager and curious. I would not rate the hike as Hard, it is more Intermediate or Easy. The ascent is not very steep. Yes, the round-trip is 22km long but it feels like a nice walk than some real hiking.

I think this might have been the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I did this hike yesterday and it took about 5 hours round trip. The first 7km are a nice steady uphill climb but it is all worth it. The trail is well maintained and the trail head is easy to find. Go early if you plan on doing it just for the day so you have time to go around the lake.

8 months ago

Gradually ascending trail, good to go with friends
Nice view at the top and definitely recommend to camp a night to reach higher up!

Montée interminable dans les bois mais régulière sur un très bon sentier. La vue du lac récompense les efforts.
Il faudrait camper au bord du lac pour continuer le lendemain sur panorama ridge, ce que nous n'avons pas pu faire...

Steady climb to hit the meadows - similar to the Garibaldi Lake trailhead access. Great camping at Helm Creek, makes for a solid base camp to hit Panorama Ridge or Black Tusk. Bring bug spray.

8 months ago

Long but not hard.

Anyone who camped up there at the hut, is the propane cooking stuff still out in repairs or is it fixed. Going up there this weekend for overnight stay. Can anyone give me an update ?

Went for a day hike yesterday. This isn't a hard trail at all. It is 11km from the lake to the trail head. It's a nice place for a swim. Wish I brought water shoes, as it is pretty rocky.

8 months ago

Beautiful view, well worth the effort

8 months ago

The climb after the bridge was way tougher than I thought it would be, but well worth it.
Lots of wild flowers and open views. The landscapes are gorgeous!
I did as a day-hike, but I believe you would enjoy a lot more if you camp at the Helm campground.

Just hiked this today (8/21/2017). Probably the most beautiful hike I've done. The first 4km are challenging as it is completely inclined. after the fork to taylor meadows and garibaldi, it gets easier. if you choose to camp, just know that you have to hike 7km from the parking lot to the camp site. the lake is beautiful and the view points are unbeatable.

9 months ago

One of my favourite lakes in the area! Definitely very busy during weekends and summer. The trail is not technical and gradual sloping for the first 6km, until you reach the barrier lookout (highly recommend this 100m detour). For the next 3km it's relatively flat and passes two lakes before reaching garibaldi lake. Cross the bridge and walk along the side of the water until you reach the camping cooking shelters and picnic tables along the trail beside the water. Gorgeous views and a perfect places for a cold swim and snacks.

Incredible and worth the hike up!

9 months ago

I have done this hike several times and normally find it a beautiful hike. Unfortunately, the black flies and horse flies are absolutely horrendous right now. Prepare to be constantly swarmed by dozens of them from the parking lot all the way to the lake. I've done this hike a few times and I wouldn't recommend it with the current wildfire smoke obscuring all views and the highly annoying flies. Do it in late summer sky clears and the rest of the snow melts, and hopefully the flies go away.

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