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Gorgeous trail and lakes, but SO CROWDED. Even on a Tuesday in mid September.

Muddy but great trail. Amazing view of the plane in the end. Keep in mind that you’ll have to climb over multiple trees. Completed it in 2:20. Many different paths that lead to the same point.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing trail!

hiking
8 days ago

The most beautiful hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Depending on the time of year be prepared to get knee deep in mud! It's a fairly easy trail with little incline. My dog loved swimming through the mud - my vehicle however disagreed! It's a really fascinating hike, when we got to the bomber we climbed up it and ate sandwiches appreciating the fact the everyone managed to survive the crash despite how mangled the plane is. Really worth taking a couple hours to do.

hiking
13 days ago

Sad to see this trail so crowded, can do with high heels on as the trail is much easier than years ago. Didn’t see any rangers , outhouses stink and even the area around middle lake near outhouses smells like urine. Overcrowded parking lots and the experience now “speaking for myself” is a major turnoff in the summer months.
Suggest going in the off season mid-week. Views are spectacular just minus the huge amount of people and slinky outhouses.

hiking
14 days ago

We arrived at 9.10 on Thursday morning and the car park was barely 1/3 full. The hike to Upper Joffre was moderately difficult for this 54 year old but certainly doable. It took my husband and I around 75 minutes to make it to Upper Joffre after stopping for many photographs of the spectacular lakes and surrounds along the way.

There are people coming and going from the car park so hang around and wait for someone to leave, it will probably only be a 5 minute or so wait.

A must do hike if you’re in the area - each lake is a beautiful turquoise blue colour.

17 days ago

Great hike

Sep 2. Left parking lot at 8:45, summited at 12:45. Left peak at 1:15, back at car at 4:00 p.m.

Having done Frosty Mountain the day before, this one really challenged me. The climb up in the forest is relentless with nothing to see. Finally we reached the lower lake. The upper lake is even more beautiful and the views get even better as you get higher up. Views from the peak are amazing! Well worth the climb. My 13 pound dog and my friends’ 2 big dogs made it up and down no problem. My knees hurt a lot during the last hour but I mostly ran through it as we wanted to get down in a decent time.

on Joffre Lakes

hiking
18 days ago

Joffre Lake was breathtaking as usual. I recommend to arrive before 9 am for a good parking spot. The hike was enjoyable but it was over crowded during the long weekend. I would recommend going on a weekday if possible.

Hiked this beautiful trail today. no more smog and the air is 100% clear. The city started to force no parking rule along the highway. I arrived at 10:15 this morning and got the last spot at the overflow parking spot. People were forced to drive 2.5 to 5 km further and walk back to the trail head.

nature trips
19 days ago

I backpacked this trail over Memorial Weekend and it didn’t disappoint. There were few crowds since it was shoulder scenic which I prefer. Scenic views with a very rewarding end at Upper Joffre Lake. There was still quite a bit of snow heading towards the upper lake and while I always wear gortex boots in these conditions, my microspikes made a huge difference in my experience. I took a risk and hammock camped and got really lucky to find a spot near the lake as there are very few trees around conducive to hammock camping. I’d highly recommend at least a night of camping because it truly is beautiful and you can spend a few hours hiking up to the glacier but I’d bring a tent so you’re not limited in options.

Fabulous! Did this hike last weekend. Was still bit smoky but still beautiful! Hiked to the campground and back. With breaks and photos was 3hrs.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike. Worth the almost 3 hour drive from Burnaby. We hiked Joffre lakes during the week when the area was experiencing poor air quality due to the many forest fires. Could not see clear views of the glaciers and lakes but still gorgeous views seen through the smoky haze.

hiking
20 days ago

a LOT of uphill. But well worth the climb! Luckily it's not ALL that steep. The hike to the Main lake was well worth it. Sat on the dock & ate lunch & thought about how nice it would be next time to go up the Taylor/Black Tusk trail.

Great intermediate hike with lots of scenic points along the way. Even in the drizzle today, the views we're spectacular. Our favorite was the 2nd lake. Such an amazing turquoise colour.

This was a good hike. Almost 3000 feet of elevation from top of St. George's Ave. I cut off the top part by scrambling up Mt. Fromme trail. It's newly marked by some NSR volunteers. However...steep. On all 4's going up, but my dog (husky) made it. Going down would be challenging. Impassable in winter I imagine. Take lots of water. A good go.

On a Monday at 9am there were a ton of cars. The hike is not difficult. All switchbacks but doable. I completed it in 3hrs and 40min. Took a 40 min break at the lake to enjoy it. Mind you I ran part of the trail.

Think it would of been worth it to go to panorama if I didn't have somewhere to be.

The lake is drop dead gorgeous. Everything about this hike is easily accessible.

23 days ago

Started at 8:15 on Tuesday. It was perfect and absolutely stunning. Next time will do overnight

we were lucky that the trail was dry when we went, still quite muddy though. not very well marked, lots of other trails running through it but we followed the orange/pink tape, found our way easily. easy hike, well worth it! it was neat to see a part of history!

hiking
25 days ago

Each lake is prettier than the last. Definitely don’t stop until you get to the Upper Lake! That being said, it has a steady uphill climb for about half of the path and as it was drizzling when I was there, it was extremely muddy. Plan accordingly!

camping
26 days ago

All up hill there, but the lake is fairy tale fantastic!

Love this hike!

amazing view at barrier viewpoint and beautiful lake!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

The hike was fantastic, long incline from lower Lake to second lake. suggest to go early in the morning between 8 to 830 to beat the crowds. I would bring a garbage bag next time, to pick up other people grabage as I noticed some people left them there. Seriously, it ruined such a beautiful view.

1 month ago

moderately challenging hike with some great views of 3 beautiful lakes. it was very popular and there were lots of folks on the trail. the smoke doesn't seem as bad in that area and its a fantastic hike. somewhat steep climb but many non-hikers on the trail so it's on the easier side. bring your suit and take a cold dip if your brave enough. highly recommended!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this yesterday, August 18. Got to the trailhead at about 2pm, the parking lot was quite full but managed to find a spot. Trail was very busy leading up to the Upper Lake, but still beautiful. The best part was going past the campground and hiking up to the glacier. Even with the smoke the views were beautiful, and got to see the glacier calve which was incredible.

In total it took under two hours to get to the campground and less than an hour back (since the trail was quite empty on the way back we ran most of it). Spent a lot of time up by the glacier checking out the area, so if you're comfortable with scrambling give yourself lots of time to enjoy that area! Bugs were only an issue up by the glacier for us, and even then it was nothing too bad.

The only reason I'm not giving this a 5 star is the fact that it's such a busy trail during the day with large, slow moving groups that barely take notice of their surroundings including the many people wanting to pass them. Plus the amount of people listening to loud music while hiking does kill the peaceful aspect of being out in nature (can only assume this is a city thing to do).

hiking
1 month ago

absolutely gorgeous. quite heavily trafficed with tourists. if you're a fast hiker, I'd aim for later in the day, the crowds disperse a bit by then. perfect light around 4:30pm at upper lake (summer)

backpacking
1 month ago

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