Explore the most popular walking 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.

The views at Garibaldi Lake (and Panorama Ridge) are unbelievable. Recommend camping at Taylor Meadows or Garibaldi lake to take full advantage of this beautiful area.

Nice trail for beginners.

backpacking
4 days ago

Great hike with a spectacular view of the black tusk from the camp site. Continuing past the camp site you arrive in a beautiful alpine area with some “Martian” like terrain.

The first pitch after the river is quite steep and is a hard workout with a backpack full of camping gear. Afterward it levels out and makes for a peaceful hike through the forest. The helm creek campsite accessed via this trail is a great alternative to the other if Garibaldi campsites if they’re booked up.

6 days ago

Great hike with no major changes in elevation so easy to do for anyone, what's nice is if you wish, you can do about half of the hike and see part of the lake, but going out the full distance is definitely worth it as it is definitely the best views. Full distance took about four hours round trip.

Long hike, lake was packed with campers and hikers, took the loop up through the meadows by black tusk, flowers just starting to come out. I imagine in a week or two the colours will be lovely.
View to the Barrier was taped off as part of the bridge warning and kept many from going to see that view, however lots of toilet paper on that part as people now use the unused path as the john. Common people leave no trace and bury your leavings if you must go on the trail.

trail running
9 days ago

16 days ago

Nice trail. Not a lot of old structures standing. The trail is the prettiest part. If you are more interested in old ghost towns, you'll be disappointed.

Not technically difficult but it’s a long hike. A few muddy sections but it’s well worth the effort. For someone who rarely hikes it was an awesome day.

I enjoyed this hike, found it the right amount of incline/scrambling with some pretty fantastic viewpoints. Trail was not busy. We took the logging road down, in retrospect I’d take the trail down next time mostly because the road gets dusty and pretty boring after a while.

hiking
19 days ago

This was a gorgeous payoff. It’s definitely doable without a lot of skill but I warn, it’s pretty much killer switchbacks the whole way up...however..it means pretty much down hill the whole way back! Will definitely come back and camp up at the lake and head on to the ridge the next day!

hiking
21 days ago

Easy family hike

Great hike and the lake was spectacular, even on a rainy day. Snow was pretty much gone on the trail but the bridge is still washed out so you have to take Taylor Meadows at the T. Which adds an extra bit to the trek. Will do it again for sure!

Beautiful views & time well spent!

Easy trail, flat all way long. Although the lake is indeed pretty, there was no awesome viewpoint.

backpacking
30 days ago

Did this as an overnight hike the same day I completed an overnight at Elfin Lakes. Was exhausted from the Elfin Lakes hike, but managed to get to Garibaldi in just under 4 hours. First 6km is neverending switchbacks and there isn't much to see. At the junction, you'll have to take the Taylor Meadows route to get to Garibaldi since the bridge is out. Snow starts about 1km after the junction and is patchy throughout and muddy in some areas. Wore boots/wool socks. The last 500m of the trail you'll need to walk along rocks/snow on the lakeshore, so be careful and mind your footing. Campground is full of snow and there were only a couple tent pads uncovered probably from people digging them out themselves. Ended up camping along the rocks/lakeshore since there were some flat spots--way better view than in the tree-surrounded campground anyway! Another group of two did the same as me. No ranger was on site so we got lucky. Beautiful lakeshore view and caught the sunset. Too tired to wake for sunrise but I imagine it was stunning. A quiet and peaceful overnight hike and worth the tiring switchbacks going up.

My first time on bike trail. It was awesome!

trail running
1 month ago

The rocky road to the trailhead is the only negative here. The trail itself has a bit of incline in the first half mile. Gorgeous lake and mountain views about 1.5 miles in. Perfect for running or hiking.

This is the same as Crooked Creek Trail. The route on this map is not correct.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked it for the first time and solo 6/16/18 (Saturday). Unpaved road (approx. 6 km) to trailhead. Potholes, washboards and rocks to contend with, but there were several cars that made the trek. Arrived aprox. 10 AM, parking lot nearly full. People started parking along the road after it filled up. Temp was supposed to reach around 80 degrees in Whistler. However, it was much cooler along this hike as the vast majority of the hike is in the trees and the canopy blocks most of the direct sunlight. It was damp with a slight wind and perfect temp for hiking. Trail makes its way through an incredible old growth forest next to the river coming out of the lake. Reminded me of Redwood Forest). Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail so there are not too many obstacles as it appears to be fairly well maintained and there is no major/really steep grades. Some mud and a few small stream crossings, but nothing a rooky couldn't handle. Upon reaching the end of the lake closest to the trailhead there are several locations along the shore from which to soak it all in. Continuing along the trail which essentially runs parallel to the eastern shoreline, there becomes fewer and fewer access points to the shoreline due to topography, fallen trees, vegetation, etc. There is a sign at Singing Creek, which indicates the trail is no longer maintained from this point. This is the end of the Cheakamus Lake Trail. I attempted a creek crossing here over some logs and nearly fell and reinjured my shoulder. Use extreme caution if crossing on logs as they can be very, very slippery. After nearly falling, I decided to head back to the trailhead. I brought a rain jacket and about 16 oz of water, which seemed adequate for this hike. I didn't bring food. I didn't rush, but I also didn't take too many breaks and only stopped for about 20 minutes to gaze at the lake and surrounding snow capped peaks. Most stops were to urinate. There are a few shack restrooms along the trail, but I only used the one at the trailhead. Arrived back at my vehicle around 2:30 - 3 PM. I felt some soreness and fatigue but not exhausted. Soreness was partially due to a mountain biking accident earlier in the week that sent me to the hospital for a dislocated shoulder. Overall, this is a wonderful day hike, that can be enjoyed by most individuals (there were younger kids hiking the trail as well as a few senior citizens). Even though the parking lot was overflowing, the crowd factor was not a significant issue for me and I found many stretches of solitude. Plus with this many people on the trail there was no need for a bear bell or bear spray.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is a little pedestrian. It winds thru a power cut alot of the way. Looks great for bikes. No need for a mountain bike on this trail. The gavel trail is easy and we'll kept. Watching the bunge jumpers was cool. The Brandywine falls is a must see.

Awesome hike with the amazing crooked waterfalls.

I've done this hike to avoid the long, dreadful switchbacks you normally get from the more commonly taken trail that goes to Lesser Garibaldi Lake. There are also switchbacks here, but it's shorter and steeper; I rather have this so I can get to the campsite quicker.

I also prefer the Helm Creek campsite as opposed to the Taylor Meadows campsite. There are still a ton of mosquitoes, but at least you get amazing views of Black Tusk and you're on an open field.

Nice trail, well kept. Starts off by the falls which are incredible, then hike up to the suspension bridges pretty cool. Enjoyed the bungee jumpers.

Don’t waste your time. Poorly marked, 1/3 of hike was on old road under high voltage power lines, the actual “ghost town” is a called a dump where I’m from! Definitely not worth the non scenic hike to get there. One water fall was cool and that is it.

hiking
1 month ago

It was oke. First 6 km are upwards and a little steep. After 6 km we had snow. But no problem with hiking boots. We expected more of this trail. The only real sightseeing is in the end: the lake. Furthermore a lot of trees, not really viewpoints. And the lake is frozen. So you wont see the true color. Advise to do it in august-sept.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, gorgeous lake views with mountains in background, lots of camping sites. Impeccably well kept trail, not too long of a walk from parking lot to lake. Very easy hike; pretty much flat with hardly any elevation, bathrooms strategically placed throughout trail. Great for this who wish to bring family members that are not incredibly active. More challenging trails connect to this one; including Helm and a 16km connector trail to Garibaldi lake.

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

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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!

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