Explore the most popular hiking trails near Squamish-Lillooet with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really fun trail. Beautiful views and you get to watch (or participate) in some bungee jumping at the end.

Hiked up to Garibaldi Lake May 20, 2018. Snow begins approximately 5 km in and requires crampons past 6 km. The bridge is destroyed between the fork and the lake. So you can’t go directly to the Lake and must add about 4km round trip and take the trail via the Meadows. Snow hard packed at the meadows but signs still buried and a number of people weren’t able to find the tail to Garibaldi lake. Garibaldi lake frozen over but still a incredible site.

hiking
4 days ago

This place has been on my “to hike” list for awhile. It was simply beautiful and breathtaking however as everyone says below - be prepared during this time (Spring - May/June) as there is oodles of ice and snow on the trail and I fell hard on my way back directly into my knee on top of ice. It immediately swelled the size of a grapefruit and instantly went blue, and we still had about another hour to hike after this happened and I ended up fainting briefly on the trail just from the pain. I managed to get back to the parking lot slowly with this leg injury but in so much pain but listen to everyone and bring Yak Trax! You need extreme grips, I wasn’t wearing crappy shoes I was wearing hiking shoes from Columbia and still slipped! Always be prepared! In the end, it was worth all the beauty!!

on Panorama Ridge

5 days ago

The view at the end is worth the effort to get there!

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.

Favourite hike in BC. Definitely worth going up the chimney to the top.

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?

backpacking
18 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.

Quiet trail with gorgeous views. Challenging because of the incline and climbing aspects. Well marked and walked on, not sure how other people got lost. The "top" is very anticlimactic, we huffed up a hill to find a spot to eat lunch in the brush before descending the logging road. Perhaps would have taken the trail back but was concerned our dog would have a hard time going down the steep stuff. Road is long- bring lots of water!

18 days ago

Hike is great! Views are amazing. Absolutely recommend boots with good tread if you're going this time of year. Saw so many people in running shoes or sneakers who probably ended up spending extra hours trying to get down the steep and slippery bits.. You're doing yourself a favour by coming prepared. The way down is incredibly fun though if you treat your booty like a toboggan and go full send down the hills !

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful and challenging hike completed May 2, 2018. Still lots of snow and ice. Please wear appropriate shoes such as hiking boots + crampons or yaktraxs. Going up was not too bad, coming down was incredibly slippery in some areas and expect to fall on your bum several times! We went up to the waterfall and came back down. Took us a total of 5 hours. Absolutely breathtaking scenery, lakes were still frozen though. Mountains were gorgeous! Will def. be back in the summer when the snow/ice has melted and the water is blue :)

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!!!

I’ve been dying to do this hike for years and it definitely did not disappoint! Hiked this over the weekend - there was lots of snow (you couldn’t even see the lakes), and our micro spikes were the reigning champions of the day. We hired partway up the slope past the upper lake toward Matier Glacier, which lended some amazing views and back-patting. Saw that others had skinned up; there were a couple of people camping as well - wish we’d have brought our tent!

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic hike with woods, lakes, mountains and a glacier at the end. Fairly crowded but did not detract from the beauty of this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice waterfall but crowded.

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.

One of my all time favorites. It is fun to camp at garibaldi lake and then finish panorama ridge in the morning. Allows for more energy to play on the glacier and enjoy the views. In the summer lots of people swim in the lake which is always a highlight. I have also been up here on snowshoes however it was quite difficult to reach due to the absent trails and poor snow quality.

hiking
3 months ago

I saw on 10hikes(https://10hikes.com/canada/whistler-hikes/panorama-ridge/) that you can slide down the glacier, but I haven't been able to find more advice on this. Any tips?

snowshoeing
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.

hiking
5 months ago

really nice trail. moderate hard

hiking
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.

backpacking
6 months ago

This hike is tons of fun
Would recommend to camp at battleship island and make it a 3 or 4 day hike to see black tusk as well
Great view from every where
9.5/10 is what I rate it

Incredible place!

Amazing! Start early to avoid hiking in the dark, but if you have enough food and gear the sunset from the Ridge is beautiful.

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely stunning... words and pictures can't describe what I saw there! Very steep but 100% worth the views. It was a little snowy and slightly icy. Pack some water and a good snack and just sit at the top of the upper lake and take it all in.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with clear trails and stunning scenery. Great during the summer and fall.

Still snow on upper part of trail,slippery,
Easy to follow. Beautiful view. I suggest hiking boots and micro spikes ( would make going up easier but not necessary. Garibaldi campsite very busy, Helm Creek much quieter.

6 months ago

Heavily trafficked trail. I suggest going early am on weekday. Gorgeous views of 3 lakes and option to camp at the 3rd lake. Extremely busy on weekends but worth the crowds. Easy trail to hike but does have elevation gain.

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!

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